Question Period: Megan Leslie on Bill C-38
June 15, 2012
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in under 24 hours, the Conservatives voted to scrap the Environmental Assessment Act, end fish habitat protection and sabotage the National Energy Board.
The NDP proudly opposed those measures. Yesterday, despite his arrogance, the Minister of Finance was also unable to explain the link between assisted human reproduction measures and the budget.
Do the Conservatives realize that Bill C-38 will weaken our laws and our economy?
Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship): Mr. Speaker, quite the contrary. The facts are clear. This government has the best job creation record in the G7. We have the soundest fiscal situation in the G7. We have the strongest economic growth in the G7. The NDP's policies are to increase taxes, the deficit and spending and send billions of taxpayer dollars to European banks. That party is against developing our natural resources. That is why Canadians trust this government's record when it comes to the economy.
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP): Mr. Speaker, if the minister is so proud of these changes, why did he not run on them?
Yesterday the Minister of Finance admitted that he had not read the whole bill. He could not answer basic questions about how the bill had anything to do with the budget. Then the minister acknowledged that the bill had mistakes and yet he still voted down any opposition attempt to fix those mistakes. It is a shameful lack of accountability.
When will the Conservatives drop the stubbornness and agree to fix their flawed budget bill?
Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship): Mr. Speaker, the only thing that is flawed is having an official opposition that has no focus on the creation of jobs, prosperity or economic growth. This government has the best job creation record in the developed world since the global downturn and the soundest fiscal situation in the G7. We have the lowest federal taxes as a share of our economy since 1964 and the strongest growth today, all of that reinforced by Moody's giving us the highest credit rating in the developed world.
This government is delivering on jobs and long-term prosperity for Canadians and we will not accept being lectured on an economic policy by a party that is opposed to development.
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it was the Conservative finance minister who admitted he had not read the bill. It is really outrageous.
The courts have already pointed out a major flaw in the government's Trojan Horse. The Federal Court has ruled that the Conservative plan to cancel backlogged applications from skilled workers is in violation of the law.
The NDP had warned the Conservatives. The courts are now ordering them to stop.
Will the Conservatives change the law or will they treat the courts as sworn enemies?
Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship): Mr. Speaker, we will take action to speed up our immigration process so that it works for Canadians, our economy and newcomers. It is unacceptable that immigrants have to wait 8, 10 or even 12 years for their applications to be processed. Had we implemented the NDP or Liberal policies, the immigration backlog would have risen to 1.5 million, which would have taken more than a decade to process. We want a system that works well for the Canadian economy.