IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on unemployment and jobs strategy

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

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, je rappelle au premier ministre qu'il a présidé le mois dernier à la perte de 72 000 emplois à temps plein au Canada.

    Depuis le mois de mai 2008, l'économie canadienne a créé à peine 200 000 emplois nets; des emplois beaucoup moins payants et plus précaires. Au cours de cette même période, 450 000 personnes de plus se sont jointes au marché du travail. Il manque donc 250 000 emplois juste pour revenir au même niveau.

    Pourquoi le premier ministre nie l'évidence? Pourquoi ne fait-il pas de la création d'emploi une priorité? Pourquoi laisse-t-il tomber autant de familles canadiennes dans ce pays?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, if I can quote the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that is another fact-free question. Most every comment in that question was false.

    I would like the hon. member to tell that to over 600,000 Canadians who are working now who were not working at the end of the recession.

    Ninety per cent of those jobs are full-time jobs, and 81% of those are in the private sector. That is a good news story. I do not know how he could make it such a negative story.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is sad. Canadians are struggling with lost jobs and the Conservatives are struggling with bogus job numbers.

    We have seen, under this government, that the jobs that are created are low-wage jobs. One in five Canadian men and one in three Canadian woman now make less than two-thirds of the average wage and the jobs they get make $10,000 less than the jobs the Conservatives lost.

    Canadians cannot get back to work until the government does its job. Why does the government not do its job so Canadians can get back to work with family-sustaining jobs, with decent wage jobs, with the kind of jobs that build our economy in this country?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I can say what a $10 billion tax hike would do to jobs. That is what the NDP wants to load on us. It was in its campaign platform. It wants to download that onto Canadians.

    That would kill jobs. That would be the worst thing that Canadians could see and it would kill jobs. The 600,000 more Canadians that are working than were working in July of 2009 would not appreciate that.

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