IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ The Conservative government must stop further weakening the canadian economy

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

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, on ne commence pas un mandat de quatre ans en brisant la loi. Et briser la loi, c'est un mauvais choix. Ce n'est pas le seul mauvais choix de ce gouvernement: compression dans la sécurité alimentaire: 33 millions de dollars; compression dans la sécurité des transports pour les familles canadiennes: 29 millions de dollars; compression dans les services aux anciens combattants: 48 millions de dollars.

    Un budget est une question de choix. Ils font de très mauvais choix. Pourquoi jeter des dizaines de milliards de dollars sur des prisons et des avions déficients au lieu d'investir dans des services essentiels pour les familles canadiennes?

    L'hon. Tony Clement (président du Conseil du Trésor et ministre de l'Initiative fédérale du développement économique dans le Nord de l'Ontario, PCC): Monsieur le Président, notre priorité, ce sont les emplois et l'économie.

    Our priority is jobs and growth in a low tax jurisdiction. We are working hard to reduce wasteful spending, inefficient spending across the government. We want to pay down debt. We want to make sure that our efforts are focused on excellent government services for Canadians across the country, as well as a plan that will be continued in the next budget to make sure we have more jobs and more growth for our economy.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, 60,000 lost full-time jobs in the last few months. The government's bad choices are hurting Canadian families.

    Even the government must know that cutting back on food safety, cutting back on transportation safety, cutting back on the environment, a 43% cut to the Environmental Assessment Agency, those cuts hurt Canadians.

    Will the government continue to further weaken the economy and further hurt Canadian families, or will it finally listen to this side of the House, the OECD, Moody's, to Fitch, to the IMF and many others, and refrain from cuts that could drive Canada back into recession and will hurt Canadian families?

    Hon. Tony Clement (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we are not doing those things, of course. We have a low tax plan for jobs and growth in this economy. We have pursued it over the last few years. This economy has created over 600,000 net new jobs. We have led the way in the G7. We have led the way in the industrialized countries.

    On the other side, of course, they believe in higher taxes. They believe in strangling the economy with red tape. We believe in the economy. We believe in Canadians being unleashed to create more jobs and opportunity. That is our goal. Unfortunately it is not the goal of the opposition.