M. Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€”New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le PrÃ©sident, pour le manque de respect envers la dÃ©mocratie, les conservateurs ne sont presque jamais tombÃ©s aussi bas.
Nous sommes tous prÃ©occupÃ©s qu'une journaliste du Selkirk Record ait perdu
son emploi parce qu'un dÃ©putÃ© conservateur a dÃ©rogÃ© aux lignes de communication officielles du premier ministre sur Nexen. La libertÃ© de presse est un pilier fondamental d'une dÃ©mocratie forte.
Pourquoi les conservateurs refusent-ils de laisser les Canadiens s'exprimer librement sur Nexen? Pourquoi faire subir la politique de la terre brÃ»lÃ©e Ã ceux qui
veulent chercher la vÃ©ritÃ©, un outil important dans notre sociÃ©tÃ©?
Hon. Gary Goodyear (Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC): Mr. Speaker, this proposed transaction will be scrutinized very closely. The views of a variety of stakeholders will be considered including those submitted by Canadians. We welcome foreign investment that is in the best interests of Canadians.
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€”New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we have received tens of thousands of emails and letters about Nexen including from Conservatives which agree with the NDP position on this and say the Conservatives should be listening to the public. The Winzoski affair takes this to a whole new level. The member for Selkirkâ€”Interlake says he: â€œstrongly opposes the dealâ€� but he also says â€œthere is little that can be done to stop itâ€�.
Why are Conservatives not allowing public consultation? Why are Conservatives so afraid of dissenting voices and why must a journalist lose her job because of the mess the Conservatives have created on Nexen?
Hon. Gary Goodyear (Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the NDP is opposed to every initiative to increase trade. In fact the NDP trade critic says they are opposed because â€œunions do not want itâ€�. On this side of the House we listen to Canadians and we will act in the best interests of