IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Federal Budget 2012 out of touch with the priorities of the majority of Canadian families

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Conservatives promised to create jobs and, instead, slashed the vital services that Canadian families rely on, services such as old age security and health care. They promised jobs and growth, but, instead, what they delivered in reckless cuts. In the Conservative budget there is nothing on jobs, aside from the title, and nothing on growing inequality.

    Why did the Conservatives table a budget so out of touch with the priorities of Canadian families?

    Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we tabled a fair and balanced budget yesterday, a budget focused on jobs, economic growth and the long-term prosperity of Canada. We are excited about this initiative. It is all about how we can build up the private sector and create more jobs so there is more hope and more opportunity. What we need is the NDP to finally agree to support plans and proposals that will actually create jobs in this country. Let us challenge the NDP to join us in building a better Canada.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, if they had any credibility on jobs, they would ask the 2,600 workers at Aveos that are out of theirs.

    The reality is that in this budget the Conservatives are actually forecasting that unemployment will go up. Everybody can see this budget for what it is. It is penny wise and pound foolish. Conservatives are cutting jobs and services to Canadians and they are ignoring growing inequality. How can they fail so badly to create jobs for Canadians when even their own numbers project that unemployment will grow in Canada this year?

    Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let us look at the facts. Since the bottom of the recession, we have seen the Canadian economy create 610,000 net new jobs. Since this Prime Minister came to office in 2006, we have seen more than 1.1 million net new jobs created in this country. This economic action plan is working. It is creating more hope and opportunity. Just this week we got more good news: 400 well-paying manufacturing jobs at Toyota. Will the member opposite stand up and join those of us on the government side and congratulate those 400 people who are getting jobs in the manufacturing sector at Toyota?

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, est-ce que les députés conservateurs vont se lever en solidarité avec les 2 600 travailleurs d'Aveos et les centaines de travailleurs au Nouveau-Brunswick qui ont perdu leurs emplois? Ce gouvernement rend la vie économique canadienne plus difficile qu'elle l'est déjà. Au lieu d'aider les familles en protégeant les services publics et les pensions, il leur donne en cadeau un beau budget d'austérité. Il coupe dans les services publics, brise sa promesse pour la Sécurité de la vieillesse et élimine 19 000 postes, soit au total 40 000 emplois avec l'effet multiplicateur. Pourquoi ce gouvernement impose-t-il aux Canadiens son idéologie au lieu de donner la priorité aux familles.

    Le Président: L'honorable ministre des Affaires étrangères a la parole.

    L'hon. John Baird (ministre des Affaires étrangères, PCC): Monsieur le Président, les priorités de ce gouvernement et de ce premier ministre, ce sont la croissance économique et la création d'emplois dans chaque région du Canada. C'est la raison pour laquelle on a mis en avant toutes les mesures pour permettre la création d'emplois. Au cours des deux dernières années, on a vu la création de plus de 600 000 nouveaux emplois au Canada. Et cette semaine, on a entendu que 400 nouveaux emplois seraient créés chez Toyota, ici en Ontario. C'est un bon progrès pour le Canada et c'est la raison pour laquelle on continuera de travailler très fort pour la croissance économique et pour la création d'encore plus de nouveaux emplois au Canada.