IN THE HOUSE | Question – why do the Liberals continue to put rich corporations first?

Published: June 10, 2019
Categorised in: In the House

42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Context : Supplementary Question
Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, climate leaders do not build massive bitumen pipelines.

Canadians are now crushed by the worst family debt levels of any industrialized country in history. Nearly half of Canadians are $200 away from not being able to make ends meet in a month.
Housing is unaffordable and people cannot afford their medication. Instead of helping families, the Liberals continue to put rich corporations first.

Why are the Liberals pouring tends of billions of dollars into tax cuts for the richest corporations, when the Canadian families cannot pay their bills?

Ms. Jennifer O’Connell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (Youth Economic Opportunity), Lib.): Mr. Speaker, that is simply not true.
One of the first things we did was lower taxes on the middle class, which the NDP in fact voted against. We then made the Canada child benefit more generous, which again the NDP voted against.
It is hard for Canadians to take the NDP seriously, when it took on the Conservatives’ economic plan to balance the budget at all costs. Meanwhile, we promised Canadians we would grow the economy through investments. As a result, a typical Canadian family is $2,000 better off.
Perhaps the NDP will come up with a different economic plan next—

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