IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Budget and Jobs / le Budget et l'Emploi

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

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, le budget de demain sera une question de choix et le gouvernement doit choisir autre chose que d'abandonner les travailleurs canadiens.

    Ce gouvernement s'est déjà vanté d'avoir tous les outils pour protéger les 2 600 travailleurs d'Aveos pour faire en sorte qu'ils ne perdent pas leur gagne-pain.

    Quand le gouvernement utilisera-t-il ces outils? Quand ce gouvernement prendra-t-il les mesures pour protéger l'industrie aéronautique du Canada? Quand fera-t-il son job pour que les travailleurs d'Aveos puissent garder le leur?

    L'hon. Denis Lebel (ministre des Transports, de l'Infrastructure et des Collectivités et ministre de l'Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec, PCC): Monsieur le Président, bien sûr, nous reconnaissons l'importance des pertes d'emploi sur les familles des gens qui ont perdu leur emploi.

    Cependant, je tiens à rappeler à mon confrère que notre gouvernement a investi plus de 600 millions de dollars, strictement dans la région de Montréal, depuis qu'il est au pouvoir pour appuyer l'industrie aérospatiale et, plus souvent qu'autrement, le NPD a voté contre ça.

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, regardons les faits: 130 emplois perdus à AstraZeneca, 500 emplois à EMD, 500 emplois à Transcontinental, 700 emplois à Mabe et bien sûr, les 2 600 travailleurs d'Aveos et j'en passe.

    Il y a 15 p. 100 de chômage chez les jeunes et 400 000 emplois ont été perdus dans le secteur manufacturier.

    Qu'a le ministre à dire à ces familles qui paient le prix des mauvais choix de ce gouvernement? Pourquoi ne pas mettre l'emploi et les services publics d'abord dans le budget de demain?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, we put first Canadians who are looking for work, and there are still too many Canadians who are searching for jobs. That is why the budget that will be tabled in this House tomorrow will actually continue on the path we have started, promoting jobs, the economy, and a strong, prosperous future for Canadians. That is important for Canadians to be able to find work. We would certainly hope that the NDP can see its way clear to support a new plan for jobs and growth.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, let us see how they did on the old plan.

    The IMF says that in 2011 Canada finished 130th in economic growth worldwide. In 2012 the figures are even worse: Canada was 152nd according to projections by the IMF.

    Almost 700,000 more Canadians are worse off under the government. They are unemployed. They have given up searching for work or they are in part-time jobs and looking for full-time jobs. That is the real Conservative record.

    There is $10,000 a year less for Canadians who have new jobs. That is the Conservative record.

Why not bring forward a budget that puts job creation first for a change?

    The Speaker: The hon. Minister of State for Finance.

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I sense the excitement in the hon. member's voice. He is looking forward to hearing a budget he can support. I would encourage him to listen very closely, because I think there will be a lot in this budget he can support.

    One is financial literacy. We are moving forward on financial literacy. The hon. member obviously could use a few lessons because he is comparing developing countries to those that are developed. I would encourage him to go back to the school books to figure out the massive difference.

    We would be looking for support, and so would Canadians, for a jobs, growth and prosperity budget.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, what so many Canadian families are looking for from the government is job literacy because its record has been so poor. The latest of those who have been sacrificed are the Aveos workers.

    Last year the former Minister of Transport told this House that there will be no job losses with Air Canada. It is going to maintain its overhaul centres. It has to do so by legislation.

    Why is the government breaking its promise to 2,600 Canadian families? Why does it not act to save those jobs? Why does it not stand up for Canadian workers and do its job so that Aveos workers can go back to doing theirs?

    Hon. Denis Lebel (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, CPC): Mr. Speaker, like I said before, we recognize the loss of these jobs are devastating for families.

    Like I said yesterday and will repeat now, this is ultimately a private sector issue between these two companies. We will not manage any companies of this country. We respect that, and so we are not contemplating a bailout for Aveos or Air Canada. That is very important for us.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Conservatives just do not seem to care, and what are the results?

    Canadian income inequality is growing faster than ever before. Since September 2008, 700,000 more Canadians have seen their situation worsen under the Conservatives.

    The Conservatives have abandoned manufacturing. We have lost 400,000 jobs in that area. We have youth unemployment rates of 15%, and a crushing level of debt that Canadian families have never before experienced.

    Why do the Conservatives not listen to families across this land? Why do they not produce a budget that puts job creation and Canadian families first, for a change?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, speaking of change it would be nice if the NDP would change its position and actually vote for some initiatives that we put forward that actually have produced jobs, over 610,000 net new jobs. He can throw out all the strange numbers he wants but what matters to Canadians is there are 610,000 Canadians working today who were not working in July 2009. That matters to Canadians. And I think what matters to Canadians is the fact that the NDP has already decided it is going to stand up and vote against Canadians.