Nathan asks a question about the government’s second omnibus budget bill
October 17th, 2012 - 4:12pm
Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the failures keep coming. The last time the Conservatives introduced a budget implementation bill, there were hundreds of things hidden in it: attacks on the environment, on seniors, on the unemployed, on the Auditor General. Will the Conservatives be honest with Canadians for once, or will they table yet another Trojan Horse with disastrous consequences?
Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the question, which is the first question I have had this session, not that the economy is not important for our country.When we do a budget we follow it up with two budget bills, and we do that every year. The second budget bill is ready and will be introduced shortly. It contains, not surprisingly, measures that are in the budget.
Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I hate to attack the minister's fragile ego but Parliament still goes on when he is not here. The opposition has been asking questions despite his lack of attendance.Let us try this challenging line of logic. Budget bills should be used for what things that are in--
The Speaker: Order, please. There is far too much noise on both sides today. The hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley has the floor.
Mr. Nathan Cullen: Mr. Speaker, budget bills should be used for things that are in the budget, but last spring the Conservatives--
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
The Speaker: Order, please. Let us not have a repeat of yesterday. The hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley still has the floor.
Mr. Nathan Cullen: Mr. Speaker, the foreign affairs minister has a certain set of skills that are unique to his position. Last spring, the Conservatives presented a bill that not only killed more jobs than it created, it weakened environmental protection, gutted the Fisheries Act and further cut EI to Canadians. Across the country, people were clear in saying that this was not how Parliament should work. However, it is not too late for the Conservatives to do the right thing. Will the government work with opposition parties and respect Parliament, do what even the Prime Minister used to believe and allow parliamentarians to do their jobs?
Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): As the member opposite knows, Mr. Speaker, the budget this year is an economic action plan for 2012 and beyond that. We have had the first budget bill and now we will have the second budget bill to complete the work that was outlined in the budget. The results of all of this have been the creation of more than 800,000 net new jobs. We will continue with the plan as will be contained in the second budget bill to create more jobs, more growth and more prosperity in Canada.