IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ World Police and Fire Games

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government's own internal documents show over $1.7 million was given by the federal government to the World Police and Fire Games in Quebec City. Shortly the games will be held in British Columbia, and there is a big gaping hole were the federal funding should be. What disrespect to British Columbia. Not a single Conservative MP from B.C. has raised this issue.

The question is very simple. Why is the government refusing to fund the B.C. games, and where is the $1.7 million?

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Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I find the question really incredible from a member from British Columbia who actually voted against Canada's economic action plan. The economic action plan is going to invest in British Columbia, is going to extend EI benefits to British Columbians, is going to invest in infrastructure, roads, bridges, sewers, everything that British Columbians need.

This member voted against it, and now he stands up on this issue? I cannot understand it. He votes against British Columbians.

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Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, incredible. The question was on the $1.7 million for the World Police and Fire Games, and the government shows such disrespect that it will not even reply to the question. It is not even just disrespecting British Columbians, it is disrespecting police officers and firefighters who lay their lives on the line every single day in Canada. What they are doing is asking for funding, $1.7 million, and what the government gives them is the back of their hand.

It is a very simple question. Where is the $1.7 million? Why will the government not honour their service by providing that funding for the World Police and Fire Games?

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Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC): Mr. Speaker, obviously we honour the service of our police regularly on this side. We stand up for them and provide them support in all the areas the police are asking for support and that includes hiring more officers. That is something this government did, and we had no help from the NDP on that.

I would point to the more than $500 million of support that this government has provided to the 2010 games, games that are on budget, on track. We are supporting British Columbians through everything we are doing, including the economic action plan. I cannot understand why this member has voted against British Columbia at every opportunity he has had to do so.