IN THE HOUSE ~ Thursday Question

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    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we certainly learned this week what Conservatives are really concerned about.

    Is it the 400,000 manufacturing jobs that have been lost in this country? No, it is not that. Is it the lack of access to child care across this country? No, it is not that.

    What concerns Conservatives, and this was reported by a member of the national Conservative caucus, is the temperature of their cheese. These Camembert Conservatives are more interested in that than they are in fundamental issues.

    What we would like to suggest to them is that they should be more concerned about the atrocious state of the Canadian economy, as the head of the Bank of Canada said. They should be more concerned about the record debtload that Canadian families are experiencing. People say that Tory times are tough times. There is proof for the average Canadian family.

With that, we have been told the date for the budget, not announced in the House of course but announced somewhere, way away. We have not seen the Minister of Finance respond to questions here for months. I do not know if it is because he did not like the temperature of the cheese or what, but he has not been here.

    I certainly hope he will actually be here to present a budget. We hope that the budget will actually reflect Canadians priorities. On that note, I would like wish you, Mr. Speaker, and all Canadians a very happy Easter.

    Joyeuses Pâques à tout le monde au Canada et bien sûr à vous aussi, monsieur le Président.

    Je demande à mon collègue de nous indiquer quelles sont les priorités gouvernementales pour la semaine après la pause de Pâques.

    The Conservatives should, of course, be concerned about cuts to food safety and rail safety on their watch, which tragically led to the death of dozens of Canadians. They should be concerned about 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women.

    Those are issues that I think most Canadians believe the government should be concerned about.

    The good news is that there is only 200 days, today, to the end of the government, October 19. There is only 200 more days before Canadians will actually be able to judge the government on its lack of concern for these issues that deal with Canadians.

    I have the utmost confidence that on October 19 Canadians will make the right choice, and they will say “Noâ€� to the government and “Yesâ€� to a new NDP government that will actually put their priorities first.