Hon. John McKay PC, MP questions International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda in the House of Commons on the failure of the government to implement the provisions of C-293.
John McKay addresses the House of Commons on the occassion of the United National World Habitat Day, October 5, 2009
John McKay MP calls on the Prime Minister to defend Canada's economic interests against US protectionist measures
We are in fact in the final hour of debate on second reading and Bill C-300 will go to a vote on the principle of the bill. The need for Corporate Social Responsibility supervision has already been decided... All sides agree, even the government that there is a need for some form of CSR supervision. The debate has moved from should we do something to really how we should do it...
Click above to read the full text of a speech by Hon. John McKay PC, MP, moving second reading of Bill C-300 (An Act Respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas Corporations in Developing Nations). House of Commons, Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"The Budget was presented sooner than the Prime Minister wished due to a Parliamentary crisis entirely initiated by the Prime Minister. His economic statement was so inflammatory that the 3 Opposition Parties gave serious consideration to a coalition. Panicked, the Prime Minister ran for cover and prorogued Parliament. Extraordinary by any standard..." (click above to read more)
As you know Mr. Speaker the Liberal Party gave the government a conditional pass on the Budget. Part of our concern has to do with this government’s competence to implement what it proposes in the Budget...
Mr. Speaker, I think that the Hon. Member glossed over a wonderful opportunity. He (a Conservative M.P.) is from Kenora. Kenora is an area that at the best of times has difficulties with employment and it is facing unique and specific challenges right now. I would have thought that the member would be a little more upset about the government's approach to employment insurance. This was a wonderful opportunity to actually address that issue, as every economic prognosticator is saying that more and more people are becoming unemployed...
Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Opposition and Hon. John McKay MP on the Liberal Amendment to Budget 2009
Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the Mr. Ignatieff on his elegant and eloquent speech. He has done a great deal to elevate the debate in the House. The amendment effectively proposes a series of confidence accountability motions, which reflect his deep unease with the government, and his unease with the government is justified...
Hon. John McKay PC, MP Questions the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance On the Economy
Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have provided multiple billions of dollars to fund bank liquidity. Yet what do these banks do as soon as they receive the money? They immediately dramatically increase the cost of credit to small business owners, the very people we need to pull us out of this crisis. Will the Conservative finance minister use his bully pulpit to demand that the banks reduce the cost of credit to small businesses and their customers...?
"Mr. Speaker, in this economic crisis seniors across Canada have seen their savings and pensions decimated. Seniors face uncertainty about how to pay their bills, their heat, their groceries and the government has offered them nothing: no plan, no action..."
"I admire the Department of Finance and its creativity in terms of its ability to, so to speak, put lipstick on a pig. The truth of the matter is that we are going to sell off significant assets in order to be able to cover off the deficit. We are going to sell off about $4.3 billion worth of them."
"Mr. Speaker, this is more amusing than anything else, kind of sadly amusing really. Here we have a government that inherited probably the strongest fiscal situation in the G7, $13 billion and in two years it has been able to run it into a $6 billion deficit. It is a talent but not much of a talent..."
"Mr. Speaker, the credibility of the government is pretty well done. I read the financial pages of the newspaper this morning and saw various quotes by Conservative commentators that the government has taken us over the cliff..."
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