IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Why did the Conservatives table a budget that fails to deal with the priorities of Canadian families?

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

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, c'est à n'y rien comprendre, selon Statistique Canada, il y a 700 000 chômeurs canadiens de plus qu'avant la récession. Ce gouvernement veut éliminer près de 20 000 emplois dans le secteur public et supprimer 5,2 milliards de dollars dans les services.

    Une étude publiée ce matin montre que ces compressions vont causer 40 000 pertes d'emplois supplémentaires dans le secteur privé.

    Où est la véritable stratégie de création d'emplois? Qu'attend ce gouvernement attend pour faire face à la réalité et mettre sur la table une véritable stratégie de création d'emplois?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, there are some spending reductions of course in the budget that was tabled on Thursday. The actual number of federal public servants who will be leaving the public service is about 12,000.

    The so-called study to which the member refers is by something called the Canadian Association of Professional Employees, which is using a wild number of 40,825 Canadians, but that is not as wild as what it was in February when it was at not fewer than 116,000 Canadians, which is a long way from the truth of 12,000, as documented in the budget.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it was using numbers that come from Statistics Canada.

    The government seems to fear the facts because the reality is the job cuts unleashed in this budget will have a major impact on core services to Canadians. From health care, food inspection, transportation safety to critical science and research on the environment, these services are vital for Canadian families.

    Why did the Conservatives table a budget that fails to deal with the priorities of Canadian families? Why are they turning the lives of Canadian families backwards when they should be turning the lives of Canadian families forward? Why are they not doing that in the budget?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, here is what we are doing in the budget. We are looking at long-term growth, jobs and prosperity in Canada. We have the track record on this side of the House with 610,000 net new jobs in Canada since the end of the recession.

    What is the prescription from the other side of the House? It is a $10 billion tax hike. That is what the New Democratic opposition recommends for Canada, a huge job-killing tax. That is not what we are doing. Jobs, growth and prosperity.