IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the Harper government's continued inaction on the economy

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

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has taken any opportunity he can to criticize Europe for its inaction on the economy. The truth is Europe is acting.

    However, despite the fact that the Governor of the Bank of Canada says our economy “ slowing to a crawl....”

    This out-of-touch Conservative government refuses to act now and create jobs in Canada. Canadians are tired of the government's continued inaction.

    We believe in action on this side of the House. We put forward a plan. When will the government finally implement our plan to create jobs and kickstart the Canadian economy?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, that is quite an action plan, standing and voting against anything that the government puts forward that actually will help create jobs. Canadians should be very fearful if that is the action plan out of the NDP.

     We have continued with the plan, a jobs and growth plan from the government. It is working. In fact, so are nearly 650,000 more Canadians.

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, mon collègue dit que tout va bien, mais le gouverneur de la banque centrale, qui a un peu plus de crédibilité, Mark Carney, a déclaré cette semaine que l'économie canadienne est en affaiblissement marqué. Le gouvernement n'agit pas pour relancer la création d'emplois. Pendant ce temps, les autres pays, eux, agissent. Ça nous prend un travail acharné. Les familles canadiennes en ont assez de l'inaction de ce gouvernement. C'est bien simple.

    Quand vont-ils vraiment se mettre au travail pour que les gens puissent avoir du travail?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I forgot the other component of their plan, and that is to tax Canadians by another $10 billion. We do not think that is a good plan. It was in their platform that they campaigned on.

     I think that is why we have a majority Conservative government, because Canadians expect a plan that will help Canadians get back to work, that will help balance the deficit and that will help all Canadians. That is what we are going to do.

    We hope that the NDP might see the error of their ways and actually support us on that.