- MPconMar 11, 2015 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, let me quote what the organization Muslims Facing Tomorrow says:
The requirement of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to remove full face coverings during citizenship ceremonies is not onerous and is consistent with the customs and conventions of an open liberal democratic society such as ours.
Let me quote what the Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations says, “Most Canadians believe that it is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family”.
These are not the views only of the overwhelming majority of Canadians, they are the views of the overwhelming majority of moderate Muslims. It is up to the leader of the Liberal Party to explain why he is so far outside that mainstream.
- MPconMar 11, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the minister has made it clear that it was she who made the decision based on her belief that the project that would assist those with disabilities in the Markham area was in the public interest. The minister was acting within her discretionary authority as a minister. I think it is also clear she was acting in good faith.
Obviously we will examine the report to determine how things can be done in the future.
- MPconMar 11, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, first, I want to thank the House for its support of the original mission that we put forward. I would also note the strong support of Canadians in the mission. We believe combatting ISIL is essential for the security of our own country.
In terms of extension, expansion, renewal, the government has not yet taken a decision, but of course it will inform the House as soon as it has done so.
- MPconMar 10, 2015 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, as the report makes clear, I had no specific knowledge of these applications nor any preference in what was chosen. The fact of the matter is that the then Minister of Human Resources made a decision to support accessibility for disabled people to a community centre in the Markham area. She believed that was in the public interest, and I believe she was acting in good faith.
- MPconMar 10, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, at the time, I indicated that all the senator's expenses would be reviewed to discover the facts. We did that, and the senator must be held accountable for her actions.
- MPconMar 10, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the truth is, of course, that the NDP voted against this military mission. The truth is that Parliament voted for it. Parliament voted for it because we want to give all the help we can to the brave Kurdish people who are resisting the advance of ISIL and are willing to take on the fighting themselves. We are giving them advice and assistance. Yes, we are doing that in a robust way, but we are absolutely following what we said we would do in this Parliament, and we will continue to do that.
- MPconFeb 26, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, nothing could be further from the truth, and Canadians know this. Canadians know we are not living in another decade. We are living right now in one of the most troubled world economic environments. In spite of that, this government has overseen the creation of 1.2 million net new jobs.
We have done that by pursuing sound economic policies, reducing taxes, focused investment, balancing our budget, all of the things the Liberal Party opposes, all of the things the Liberal Party would reverse to give us the kind of result we have in Greece. We will never have that here.
- MPconFeb 26, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government has been acting on a multi-pronged action plan to deal with this problem, beginning first and foremost with cracking down on violent crime. We are also funding shelters and family violence preventions to protect women and children, supporting dedicated RCMP project teams and the development of community safety plans, supporting a national centre for missing persons, providing additional investigative tools for the police, and providing additional rights for Canadian women who live on reserve in the form of matrimonial property rights and human rights. Now is the time for action, not for more NDP study.
- MPconFeb 26, 2015 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, we have strong, independent oversight committees and agencies that do very good work. Now is not the time to attack our police and security agencies. Now is the time to take on the terrorists. That is what this bill does.
- MPconFeb 24, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government has always respected the Supreme Court's decisions. We are going to take a look at this decision and consult with Canadians before deciding how to respond.
- MPconFeb 24, 2015 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, once again, we have raised this at all levels, and we will continue to do so in ways we believe are effective. We remain optimistic that this case will be resolved, but we are disappointed it has not been to this point. We will continue to press for Mr. Fahmy's full release.
- MPconFeb 18, 2015 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, this is obviously a sensitive topic for many Canadians, and there are strong opinions on both sides. We will examine this decision and hold broad consultations on all aspects of this difficult issue.
- MPconFeb 18, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the bill, as I just outlined, does absolutely no such thing, not even remotely. This is, in fact, the attempt of the NDP to always say that anything that is in defence of our security somehow undermines our freedoms. That is simply not true.
All we are seeing here is that as the NDP's positions on this issue become more and more irrelevant, more and more unconnected to Canadians' real concerns, their statements on the issue become more and more extreme.
- MPconFeb 18, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, obviously promoting terrorism should be a crime in Canada. This clarification of the law is just common sense.
- MPconFeb 17, 2015 12:05 pm | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I think it is very well known that the anti-terrorism act, 2015, is designed to deal with the promotion and actual execution of terrorist activities, and not other lawful activities.
- MPconFeb 17, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I know very well that the Liberals, the New Democrats and the sovereignists would rather increase taxes, give the benefits of our programs to unions and bureaucrats and not take the fight against terrorism and crime seriously.
In our opinion, these are not the values of Canadians. These are not the values of Quebeckers. However, these are Conservative values, and we will continue to do our job.
- MPconFeb 17, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government is clearly telling the truth about the cost of our mission with our international allies in Iraq. We have told the truth about the air combat mission and the mission to assist and advise the Peshmerga forces. I am very pleased to see that Canadians support this truth. Only the NDP hates the truth.
- MPconFeb 17, 2015 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, of course the government has released the costs of the mission exactly as it said it would, an additional $122 million in incremental costs to this point in time. That is very clear. I do not know how much clearer it could be.
The reality is that the New Democrats will hate even a cent spent on the Canadian military. However, I can assure the House that, for this mission, we are ensuring not only that our personnel are well paid but that they are well equipped and have the ordnance necessary to do their job. All Canadians are very proud of the job they are doing fighting ISIL.
- MPconFeb 04, 2015 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, we agree that it is important to invest in our infrastructure.
That is why we have a program of $75 billion of infrastructure investments over the next 10 years. It is the largest infrastructure program in Canadian history.
However, unlike the Liberal Party, we do not believe it is necessary to hike taxes on families in order to fund infrastructure.
Our policy involves a balanced budget, lower taxes and targeted investments in areas such as infrastructure in order to promote economic growth.
- MPconFeb 04, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, the example the Leader of the Opposition cites indicates that in fact the system works, that CIRC does take its responsibilities very seriously, provides robust oversight, and has noted that these agencies operate within the law.
On top of that, there are additional clauses in this law that require additional powers to be used to seek judicial authorization.
The oversight is there. The oversight is strong. What we need to do is ensure our police and security agencies have the tools they need—that is the real job here—and ensure we are not going after them but we are going after terrorists and jihadists.
- MPconFeb 04, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, obviously no one ever likes to see a Canadian lose a job, although these have to do with particular business decisions of particular companies.
What I do know is that, following our economic action plan of low taxes and balanced budgets, we have created 1.2 million more new jobs than have been lost. That is 1.2 million additional people working.
It is important that we continue to focus on the needs of Canadian families by lowering their taxes and creating a good business environment so we continue to have the kind of superior record we have had as an economy during the post-recession.
- MPconFeb 03, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, we already have a rigorous system of oversight on our national security and police agencies. Specifically on intelligence, we have the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which is a robust mechanism for independent, expert, third party oversight. It functions very well. We are proud of the work it is doing.
What we have to tackle now is making sure our police and security agencies have the power necessary to tackle terrorism and violent jihadism, and that is what we are doing.
- MPconFeb 03, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, we have been very clear. We have created 1.2 million jobs since the worst recession hit the Canadian economy. The vast majority are full-time, well-paid, private sector jobs. The statistics are very clear on that.
We stand for tax cuts and job creation, and we oppose the NDP's plan to raise taxes and kill Canadians' jobs.
- MPconFeb 03, 2015 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, over the past few months I announced a number of economic initiatives with our economic action plan to cut taxes to ensure that jobs are created. We will carry on despite the uncertainties of the global economy.
Now is not the time for NDP policies, policies that the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said were stupid and anti-small business.
- MPconJan 28, 2015 11:55 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Etobicoke Centre for his question and for his ongoing interest in and commitment to this particular issue.
Today the government announced additional support to assist Ukraine as it works to rebuild itself into a prosperous country, free from Russian aggression.
This additional support will assist Ukraine's newly elected government to stabilize the economy and stimulate sustainable growth.
We will continue to condemn the ongoing military aggression by the Putin regime, which is solely responsible for the violence and disruption.
- MPconJan 28, 2015 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, obviously I do not know the facts of this particular case, but whenever we lose a serving military officer or a former military member, it is a terrible thing, and our condolences go out to that family.
That is why we are taking the steps that we are taking, why we have created eight operational stress injury clinics. I do not know why New Democrats voted against that support for our veterans. Why did they vote against the expansion of the road to mental readiness education campaign? Why did they oppose the expansion of the veterans independence program, or the Canada remembers program, or the community war memorial program, or the earnings loss supplement retirement program? We are standing by veterans.
- MPconJan 28, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, they are human beings, and there are 1.2 million more of them working now than there were. There are nearly 4.5 million households. That is over eight million adults who will be benefiting from the tax cuts and benefits brought in by this government. Those millions of Canadians will fight tooth and nail against every attempt by the NDP to raise the deficit, to raise taxes, and to kill jobs.
- MPconJan 28, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, it is quite the opposite. Although Statistics Canada's methods and numbers change from time to time, the trend is clear.
The Canadian economy has created almost 1.2 million jobs since the depths of the recession. This is not the time to increase personal and corporate income taxes. This is not the time to run up large debts and deficits.
This is the time to lower taxes, as we are doing, and ensure that significant investments are made in the Canadian economy.
- MPconJan 27, 2015 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government is continuing its long-term plan to balance the budget, lower taxes and create jobs. Our plan is working. We can see the results.
I understand very well that the Liberals and New Democrats prefer huge tax increases and deficits, but that is not our country's policy. That is why our economy continues to grow and why our policy is admired around the world.
- MPconJan 27, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, once again it is the leader of the NDP who is caught in his own contradictions.
Canadian troops, under their commanders, are executing exactly the mission that Canadians have given them, that this Parliament has given them, that Canadians expect. They are advising; they are assisting.
Guess what? If fired upon, they are going to shoot back; and if they kill some of the ISIL terrorists, Canadians are going to support that, no matter what the New Democrats think.
- MPconDec 09, 2014 11:55 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
In fact, Mr. Speaker, nobody in the world is regulating their oil and gas sector. I would be delighted if they did. Canada would be there with them. However, we will not impose unilateral penalties.
Let me be very clear on the difference with this side of the House. Our commitment to Canadians is that we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving, protecting, and growing Canadian jobs.
That is our commitment. That is what we will continue to do. We will not kill jobs and we will not impose the carbon tax the opposition wants to put on Canadians.
- MPconDec 09, 2014 11:50 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government has been pursuing a sector by sector regulatory approach. We have integrated our regulations in the transport sector with the United States. In the electricity sector, we have been ahead of and gone much further than the United States.
I have been very clear in terms of regulating the oil and gas sector. It is something we would like to do but that we must do on an integrated basis in a continental economy.
Frankly, under the current circumstances of the oil and gas sector, it would be crazy economic policy to do unilateral penalties on that sector. We are clearly not going to do it.
- MPconDec 09, 2014 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, in fact, the truth is the complete opposite of everything the member just said. We have actually increased, by many fold, the number of service centres there are now for our veterans in our country. In terms of war memorials specifically, we have increased the funding for that for the community war memorial program, voted against by the Liberal Party. We enhanced the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, also voted against by the Liberal Party.
However, as I know, what the Liberal Party and NDP want to do is ensure that they protect those bureaucratic jobs at Veterans Affairs, instead of giving the services to the veterans. That is what we are doing on this side.
- MPconDec 09, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I could give thousands of examples of where we have streamlined back office support, including, of course, eliminating photocopy and processing clerks in place of digital medical records.
There is the difference. The NDP wanted to keep bureaucrats to do nothing but process and delay payments to veterans under a program it actually voted against. On this side, we cut down the bureaucracy. We deliver service to the veterans.
- MPconDec 09, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, very simply, this is a report of the United States Senate. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Government of Canada.
- MPconDec 03, 2014 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the reality is that the government has enhanced funeral services for our veterans through successive budgets. We have also enhanced the contributions to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Every time we have enhanced these benefits and services for veterans, the member for Papineau and his party have voted against them. The Liberal Party is all about rhetoric. Our government is about action and services.
- MPconDec 03, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I am obviously not going to comment on matters before the courts. What I can say is the following: The substantive matter is a measure passed by the previous government, and supported by all parties in this House, including the NDP.
The reality is that this government has enhanced veterans services in numerous ways. We brought in the Canadian Forces income support allowance, which the NDP voted against. We brought in the veterans bill of rights, which the NDP voted against. We brought in compensation on the Agent Orange issue, which the NDP voted against. There were enhancements to the veterans independence program, which the NDP voted against. I could go on.
- MPconDec 03, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the government is increasing services for veterans by cutting red tape.
I would like to note that today, we have lost Jean Béliveau, a great Canadian both on and off the ice. He was a giant in our national sport and in our national life.
I would like to express our condolences and our admiration to his family and friends.
I just want to repeat that today we have lost Jean Béliveau, a truly great Canadian and Canadien. He was a giant in our national sport and in our national life. We all want to express our condolences and our admiration to his family and friends.
- MPconDec 02, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, once again, the only party that needs to apologize to veterans is the Liberal Party, which voted against $5 billion in investments for our veterans. Our government is the one that created nearly all of the veterans' mental health services. These services barely existed when the Liberals were in power.
At the same time, we cut taxes for Canadian families. We will continue to invest in our veterans and give tax breaks to families.
- MPconDec 02, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that the people of Nunavut have ever had stronger representation. The Auditor General did not say the words the leader of the NDP would put in his mouth.
The fact is that over $60 million a year are being put into this new program by the Government of Canada, a record investment. There has been a 25% increase in the shipping of healthy, perishable foods to the north and a drop of $100 a month in the average family's food prices.
- MPconDec 02, 2014 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I do not know what the Leader of the Opposition is talking about. I do note that the former chief of the defence staff, General Walt Natynczyk, has become the new deputy minister of Veterans Affairs, which is a very positive thing.
As for the travels of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Minister of Veterans Affairs was in Italy with veterans of the Second World War who were celebrating the 70th anniversary of that successful Canadian military campaign. I can think of no greater honour than for the Minister of Veterans Affairs to accompany those Canadian veterans.
- MPconNov 25, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, once again, that is not completely accurate. What the Auditor General has said is that he examined the mental health program. He said that the government had good programs, one in particular, rehabilitation programs being delivered in a timely manner. In the case of the disability benefits program, 94% of applicants are being found eligible.
However, the hon. member is right to observe that in some cases it has taken a long time, through a difficult and cumbersome process that is not necessary. The department recognizes that and for that reason the department will implement recommendations to improve those processes.
- MPconNov 25, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, let us be accurate in terms of what the Auditor General said.
He looked at two government programs. He noted that Veterans Affairs has put in place important health supports for veterans. In the case of the rehabilitation program, he observed that it is working well. In the case of the disability benefits program, 94% of veterans are being found eligible for those mental health supports.
The Auditor General did note that the process is unnecessarily long and difficult. For that reason, the department has accepted those recommendations.
- MPconNov 25, 2014 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General said:
Veterans Affairs Canada has put in place important health supports for veterans, and the Department is providing timely access to the Rehabilitation Program.
Furthermore, 94% of veterans are eligible for the disability benefits program. The Auditor General noted that the process for the program is slow and complex, and the department has accepted his recommendations.
- MPconNov 19, 2014 11:30 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the facts laid out in that question are completely wrong. The government announced in the last two budgets the largest infrastructure program in Canadian history, some $70 billion over the next decade. The unfortunate reality is the Liberal Party voted against those infrastructure plans.
That is the difference. On this side we are investing in infrastructure. On the other hand, all the Liberals want is tax hikes to pay bureaucracy.
- MPconNov 19, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, the leader of the NDP is absolutely wrong. We promised and we have delivered benefits and tax cuts, putting more money in the pockets of taxpayers across Quebec and throughout Canada. The NDP wants to take those benefits away from Quebeckers. Our government will make sure that that money makes its way into the pockets of Quebeckers.
- MPconNov 19, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I think the other night in Ontario, some Ontarians voted pretty overwhelmingly against the NDP.
We have put forward, over the past nine years, plans to make life more affordable for all Canadian families. That has had a very good effect across the board.
We are continuing to move forward on that and we are pleased to see Canadians responding so positively.
- MPconNov 18, 2014 11:25 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, I am very surprised that the Liberals would want to raise the issue of carbon emissions. Under the Liberal government, they promised to reduce carbon emissions by an enormous amount and raised them by over 30%.
Under this government, for the first time in Canadian history the carbon emissions have actually fallen.
We view the recent agreement between China and the United States as a very positive step toward the Paris conference in 2015. We look forward to working with our partners in the international community.
- MPconNov 18, 2014 11:20 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, once again, of course, we all know the facts. Over four million Canadian families will benefit from the policies that we have announced.
However, the reason the NDP continues to oppose this and misrepresent it is because it hates money in the pockets of ordinary working families. It wants that money to go to bureaucrats and to unions, but guess what? Under our government, it is going to real working Canadians.
- MPconNov 18, 2014 11:15 am | Alberta, La Peltrie
Mr. Speaker, while the NDP talks about how it can serve maybe 10% of Canadian families at best, this government announced measures just a couple of weeks ago that would benefit over 4 million Canadian families.
This government will continue to act for the benefit of all Canadian families.
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