IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the Canadian economy

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question Period

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, l'Europe est ébranlée par la menace d'une catastrophe économique qui pourrait avoir d'importantes répercussions dans le monde, y compris ici, au Canada. Les Canadiens ont peur de perdre leur emploi, un nombre record de familles font appel aux banques alimentaires et il y a un niveau record d'inégalités. Près de 2 millions de personnes sont sans emploi, mais il n'existe aucun plan concret de création d'emploi pour soutenir l'économie.

    Ma question est bien simple, quand ce gouvernement va-t-il enfin agir pour ces familles canadiennes?

    Mme Shelly Glover (secrétaire parlementaire du ministre des Finances, PCC): Monsieur le Président, nous avons un plan pour agir, comme nous l'avons dit maintes et maintes fois. Le NPD a voté contre notre plan. Le plan qui va aider au niveau de l'économie, qui va aider nos familles canadiennes, c'est le plan secondaire au Plan d'action économique du Canada. Alors je me demande pourquoi le NPD résiste au fait de voter avec nous pour créer des emplois, comme on l'a fait avec 650 000 emplois, depuis juillet 2009.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, what is clear is that slow growth means fewer jobs for Canadians. Yesterday, the Parliamentary Budget Officer said we should expect another 100,000 Canadians to lose their jobs next year. The Governor of the Bank of Canada says the economy is slowing. These are individuals with more credibility than the government.

    The Conservatives are clearly taking Canada down the wrong track.

    When will the government admit it does not have a plan, adopt the sound economic suggestions of this side of the House, through the NDP, and act now to protect family-supporting jobs to avoid 100,000 more unemployed people?

    Mrs. Shelly Glover (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I was at that meeting yesterday. I heard very clearly what the PBO had to say. I heard very clearly the other day what the Bank of Canada governor had to say. It was clear that the PBO said he makes mistakes. Why did he say that? There was a study done in The Globe and Mail recently that said very clearly that the PBO is less accurate many times over the government estimates, which are private-sector, independent economists' estimates.

    The government is 9 times out of 15 more accurate. We are going to stick with our low-tax agenda. We are going to help families. Whether or not they vote for it, we are going to do the right thing.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, let us talk about mistakes. From May 2008 to today, the Conservatives have created barely 250,000 jobs in this country. Not the numbers they advance, not the bogus mistakes that they put forward.

    Now, before the Conservatives start to celebrate, the reality is that over the same period of time, the labour market grew by 450,000 jobs. That means they are 200,000 jobs short from treading water, from standing still. That is very unfortunate for Canadian families.

    Given that their numbers are bogus, given that they are going to lose another 100,000 jobs if they do not act, why do the Conservatives not get to work now so that Canadian families--

    Mrs. Shelly Glover (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, what we have to resist is that $10 billion tax hike that the NDP has proposed that will kill jobs, that will negatively impact Canadian families. Let us not forget that the IMF and the OECD have been very clear that this is the country, in the next five years, the best country in the world to do business.

    We are going to continue on the plan we have had because that is giving us the advantage in the world, that is going to help Canadian families. We are not going to succumb to the punishment of the NDP on our Canadian families by voting for higher taxes and killing jobs.