House Business

Carbon Tax

Mr. Speaker, On April 1, the Prime Minister once again increased taxes on Canadians.

This time he added another tax, which was, as members can guess, the carbon tax. My constituents in Niagara West and Canadians across the country are now paying more for virtually everything: gas, propane, groceries, home heating and much more. Because of the carbon tax, gas has already gone up by 5¢ a litre. In a vast riding like mine, where public transit is limited, constituents have no choice but to drive their kids to practice after school or to work.

What are the Liberals going to do with all this new carbon tax money from my constituents and ordinary Canadians?

More April 8th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister does not seem to know when to stop failing. After figuring out that budgets do not balance themselves and abandoning any pretense of keeping his promise to balance one in our lifetime, the Prime Minister now says that low-income Canadians do not benefit from tax cuts. Maybe that is why he will never give them any. 

As half of Canadians admit that they cannot stretch their household budget to the end of every month, we know that Canadians do not benefit from ever-increasing Liberal taxes. However, the Prime Minister is intent on making Canadians pay for his failures anyway.

More February 25th, 2019

Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

Mr. Speaker, when negotiating NAFTA, the Prime Minister made the mistake of giving in to all Donald Trump’s demands. Canadians are now feeling the effects of his mistakes.The governments of Ontario and Quebec have both sent letters to the Prime Minister urging him to do something to remove the harmful tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

When will these tariffs be lifted?

Hon. Andrew Leslie (Orléans)

Mr. Speaker, when the U.S. imposed its illegal tariffs on our steel and aluminum, we acted quickly. We have already provided $624 million in support to companies and workers,

More February 4th, 2019

Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

Mr. Speaker, it has been seven months since the Prime Minister backed down to Donald Trump and agreed to a trade deal that would keep steel and aluminum tariffs in place and continue to hurt our manufacturers. The Liberals have already collected over $839 million dollars in retaliatory tariffs. They promised to give this money back to our struggling steel and aluminum producers, but almost none has gone out.

Why are Canadian businesses continuing to be forced to pay for the Prime Minister’s mistakes?

Hon. Navdeep Bains (Mississauga—Malton)

Mr. Speaker, we have been very clear about supporting the steel sector and steel workers.

More January 29th, 2019

Bill C21

Mr. Speaker, as I said in my speech, I give the Liberals credit for moving some of the deal across the goal line. We appreciate that. It is important.

We realize that there is a huge challenge with respect to tariffs. I understand that the government is working to try to address these issues. Why we continued to look at other trade deals when we were in government, and why the Liberal government is doing that, was because we were trying to reduce our reliance on the U.S.

The number, 15 years ago, when I first arrived in this place, was probably close to 85% or 90%.

More December 12th, 2018

Bill C21

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand in the House to talk again to Bill C-21. I thought yesterday would be the last time I would have a chance to speak, but it turns out I will have another chance today.

One of the things we understand when we look at a bill like Bill C-21 is the close relationship we have with our neighbours south of the border and the fact that geography has us joined. This is one of these things that helps goods flow back and forth in a way that people understand what the expectations are and how they work.

More December 11th, 2018