IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Why doesn't this Conservative government get to work on a jobs plan so that Canadians can get back to work?

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

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we cannot protect future generations by taking away their retirement security. There is no leadership here!

    Even in London, Ontario, labour, businesses and citizens are showing leadership where the government has failed. Mark's Work Wearhouse is giving Caterpillar the boot at their stores. Four hundred sixty-five families lost their breadwinner in London last Friday. Unemployment continues to rise across this land.

    When is the government going to show leadership? When is it going to work on a jobs plan so that Canadians can get back to work?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we remain focused, of course, on jobs and economic growth.

     Those are the fundamental concerns of Canadians, ensuring that we have a sustainable path for social services in this country, whether it is health care or social benefits or pension benefits to ensure that in the long term Canadians can look forward to having the benefit of those programs, and not an irresponsible attitude like the member opposite demonstrates that only looks at tomorrow morning and does not look down the road.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in the long term Canadian families are going to be a lot worse off under the government.

    Conservatives gave Caterpillar $5 million. Now the Prime Minister was willing to use the workers as an election prop for his photo op, and now that those same workers are out on the sidewalk he just drives right by in his limousine.

    The government has thrown millions of dollars away, and what we have are plant closures and jobs going south. White Birch, MABE, AstraZeneca, and now Electro-Motive.

     Why is the government dropping the ball? Where is the jobs plan for our hard-hit communities across this country? Where are the jobs? Where is the jobs plan?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, my car is actually a Chevrolet Impala from Oshawa, Ontario. The member opposite will recall voting against our plan to save General Motors and the 400,000 jobs in the auto sector across the country.

    I know my friend opposite is a student of parliamentary history and I know he wants to remember, he just forgot to say so, to congratulate the Prime Minister's government on its sixth anniversary of being sworn in as the government of Canada, an excellent government especially.