Entrepreneur: The Last Six Months
Of Federal Activity

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Hansard

House: 135 Speeches
Senate: 15 Speeches

House Senate

Bills

Active: 0

Regulations

Filed: 0
Proposed: 0

The House

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“...e reducing it to 9% next January 1. This represents savings of up to $7,500 a year to help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators. (1100) [English]

The negative impacts of climate change are a challenge that governments must grapple with. We do so with the confidence that a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. Canadians expect all governments to take serious action to grow the economy, protect the environment, and address climate change. We are taking action.

Putting a price on carbon pollution is central to Canada's plan to fight climate change and grow the economy. Carbon pricing is broadly recognized as one of the most effective, transparent, and efficient policy approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In December 2016, our government, along with most provinces and territories, worked with indigenous partners and adopted the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. The framework includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, with the aim of having carbon pricing in place in all provinces and territories. The framework provides provinces and territories with the flexibility to implement their own carbon pollution pricing systems. They can choose between an explicit price-based system or a cap and trade system.

The member for Carleton keeps talking about price hikes. Let me reassure him that the direct cost of the actions in the pan-Canadian framework, including carbon pricing, is projected to be modest, particularly in comparison to the projected benefits. All direct revenues related to carbon pricing will be returned to the jurisdiction of origin. Of course, the precise cost will depend on the design of each provincial or territorial carbon pricing system.

To ensure that a fair price on carbon pollution is in place across Canada, our government has committed to implementing a federal backstop carbon-pollution pricing system. The backstop system would apply in provinces and territories that request it and in jurisdictions that do not have a pricing system in place that meets the federal standard by the end of this year. In such cases, the cost of carbon pollution in the federal backstop system will be set at $20 per tonne of emissions as of January 1, 2019, and the federal system will return direct revenues from the carbon price to the jurisdiction of origin.

That said, we cannot measure the cost of carbon pricing without also measuring its benefits. Those benefits are important, such as reducing air and water pollution and their harmful effects on human health and on the environment.

At the risk of repeating myself, a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. That is why this year's budget proposed further measures to help grow a healthy and sustainable clean economy. For example, budget 2018 includes one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history, more than $1.3 billion over five years. This will ensure that future generations can continue to hike in our forests and swim in our lakes and rivers. This will also allow us to enhance the protection of Canada's ecosystems, landscapes, and biodiversity, including species at risk.

Our government is also investing about $1 billion over five years to establish better rules for the review of major projects, an effort that, all at once, aims to protect our environment, rebuild public trust, and help create new jobs and economic opportunities. This builds on the other significant investments made since we took office. For example, budget 2017 included historic investments in green infrastructure and public transit as well as increased support for the Canadian clean-tech sector. Budget 2017 provided up-and-coming companies with increased funding in the form of business equity, working capital, and project funds.

The low carbon economy leadership fund, launched in 2017, is investing $1.4 billion in projects that will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs for Canadians for years to come. In Ontario, where the member for Carleton is from, almost $420 million will be invested to support Ontario's climate change action plan and help Ontarians contribute to fighting climate change.

In Alberta, where the member grew up, and I am sure where he has many friends, almost $150 million will be used to support provincial climate objectives. Alberta's projects will focus on helping Albertans, including farmers and ranchers, use less energy and save money. The province will also invest in restoring forests affected by wildfires.[Translation]

In Quebec, over $260 million will help expand action under the province's 2013-2020 climate change action plan. (1105) [English]

The list goes on, with projects in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It is important to note that only provinces and territories that sign on to the pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change are eligible for funding under the low carbon economy leadership fund.

I just spent a bit of time highlighting the measures announced in 2017 and 2018, but this really started in 2016. That year, our government launched a $1.5 billion national oceans protection plan to improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect Canada's marine environment, and unlock new opportunities for indigenous and coastal communities.

So far, to combat climate change, our government has already allocated $5.7 billion over 12 years in support of the implementation of the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. After years of inaction under the previous government, I think members would agree that this has been welcome news for Canadians.[Translation]

Pricing carbon pollution is the cornerstone of our efforts to combat climate change. We must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and send a clear signal to entrepreneurs, industry, and investors that we are moving to a low-carbon future.

Carbon prici...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“... take advantage of those new market opportunities? We have also heard that for our producers, their entrepreneurial spirit is being crushed by no longer being eligible for the small business tax deduc...”

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“...lution from industry and use it to make stronger concrete.

This is the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship carbon pricing is designed to support. These kinds of technologies help protect our...”

Mr. Darren Fisher (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Lib.)

June 13th
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Statements by Members

“...bers strong, working together for our region.

Just last week, the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship, known as COVE, officially launched in my riding of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour. COVE is...”

Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP)

June 13th
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Government Orders

“...est ways to consume cannabis and are the growing part of the market. This would allow Canadians and entrepreneur of businesses across the country to provide safe, regulated products to customers inste...”

Mr. Don Davies

June 13th
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Government Orders

“... other states in the union and jurisdictions around the world have done, the ability to support our entrepreneurs who can develop safe, healthy, high-quality products for the world is something we sho...”

Ms. Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance has an annual summit. A few years ago, I talked to energy entrepreneurs at that conference in Nanaimo. They said the provincial and federal governments put more barriers in front of their business than anywhere they have seen or experienced in the world. We have local entrepreneurs trying to manufacture and sell on Vancouver Island and across Canada, but they are hav...”

Mr. Jonathan Wilkinson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...g as a key step forward.

The 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index, which investigates where entrepreneurial companies are most likely to emerge over the next 10 years, ranked Canada fourth, up from seventh in 2014. Further, in January of this year, the Cleantech Group released a Global Cleantech 100 list. The list recognizes the clean-tech companies that are most likely to have significant market impact over the next five to 10 years.

Under the Harper government, Canada's share of the global clean-tech market shrunk by half. In partnership with the clean-tech industry, we have successfully turned this around. This year, a record 13 Canadian clean technology firms comprised the top 100. All the winning companies are clients of the Canadian trade commissioner service, and seven of the 13 companies are Export Development Canada customers.[Translation]

We know that is only a small sampling of the innovative clean technology companies that are doing amazing work every day across the country to create economic growth, and solve our most pressing environmental challenges. (1205) [English]

For example, in Montreal, GHGSat has developed the technology to monitor industrial greenhouse gas emissions using satellite technology. They launched their first satellite in 2016. In my own province of British Columbia, Carbon Engineering is developing a process to turn carbon dioxide in the air into a clean fuel. I could go on and on, speaking about all of the fantastic and innovative clean technology companies working across the country in so many industries and sectors of the Canadian economy.[Translation]

In order to ensure their continued success, we will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders and jurisdictions across Canada to meet our climate change commitments and bring innovative and competitive clean technologies to market.[English]

We have developed strong international linkages that promote Canadian technology as solutions to global challenges and attract private sector investment. This government is focused on scaling our great Canadian clean technology success stories, and in the process, helping to solve the world's most pressing environmental challenges.

As we move forward, the Government of Canada will continue to be a strong partner for clean technology producers. Our government is incredibly proud and impressed by the innovative work being done by the entrepreneurial women and men working in this sphere and we will continue to support them and their ...”

Mr. Nick Whalen (St. John's East, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...te sector. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, led by Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other leading entrepreneurs, is investing in early stage companies to promote cleaner energy, improve the environm...”

Ms. Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...rt them. We can see the increase in energy efficiency. We can tackle pollution and promote Canadian entrepreneurship and skills building in the trillion-dollar global clean energy economy.

It is...”

Mrs. Alaina Lockhart (Fundy Royal, Lib.)

June 12th
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Statements by Members

“...e as Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, I have been fortunate to meet Canadian entrepreneurs from coast to coast to coast.

These entrepreneurs start with just an idea: an idea that they know can be innovative, one that can solve a problem, one that can tap into new markets, or one that can help breathe new life into a community. Over the last two days, I have been lucky to spend time with 25 youth from across Canada who have the drive and the passion to be entrepreneurs.[Translation]

The Youth Can Do It! event, which wraps up today, brought them here to Ottawa to learn from Canadian business leaders. Their ideas, skills, dedication, and enthusiasm are inspiring.[English]

I hope all hon. members in the House will join me in recognizing the outstanding Youth Can Do It! young entrepreneurs, including the participants who are here with us today on the Hill.”

Mr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...arch Council, Canada's NSERC discovery grants.

We are providing financing to support Canadian entrepreneurs of clean technology firms and attracting new business investment in sectors like clean...”

Mr. Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...today's workers and future generations.

In my riding, there are some hard-working, innovative entrepreneurs and indigenous communities that are leading the field of clean energy solutions. I will spend most of my time speaking about their work and experiences.

Hakai Energy Solutions, in Cumberland, B.C., is owned and operated by entrepreneur Jason Jackson. His company focuses on advanced solar energy integration. The company bu...”

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

June 11th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, young entrepreneurs from across Canada are in Ottawa today to receive mentorship and to learn from business leaders. I am so pleased that one of those young entrepreneurs is Coltin Handrahan from my riding. He is aggressive, and he wants to build for the fu...”

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

June 11th
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Oral Questions

“... support of the Business Development Bank of Canada and Futurpreneur, we are helping Canada's young entrepreneurs get the mentorship, skills development, and start-up financing they need to bring their ideas to market. Budget 2017 provided $14 million to Futurpreneur so it can help even more young entrepreneurs, almost half of whom are women. I would like to thank my colleague from Malpeque for his continued support of young entrepreneurs, including the shout-out to Coltin from his riding, founder of Golden Custom Clothing....”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

June 8th
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Oral Questions

“...n absolutely everything. They both raised taxes. They both ran massive deficits. They both wrap our entrepreneurs in red tape, and they both dance to Gerald Butts' tune. The agenda of high taxes and b...”

Mrs. Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

June 6th
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Statements by Members

“...em with a carbon tax is that it takes the market out of the equation and undervalues innovators and entrepreneurs. The Liberal one-size-fits-all solution of taxing Canadians to bend their behaviour is demeaning and counterproductive.

In Saskatchewan, we value our environment and our economy through renewable energy, crop diversification, zero tillage, forestry management, and infrastructure planning, just to name a few. Saskatchewan is full of innovative people. Look at the modern farm equipment, all invented by farmers solving problems without government interference. Innovations like catalytic converters, carbon scrubbers, electric cars, and solar panels were neither invented by government nor inspired by taxes.

Entrepreneurs and researchers are our best resource to create solutions that everyday Canadians are ...”

Mr. Bryan May (Cambridge, Lib.)

June 5th
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Statements by Members

“...ng done by an exceptional non-profit. Since 1980, SHAD has provided an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurial program that develops critical skills for young Canadians. SHAD builds leaders within our communities. Its program focuses on science, technology, and civic engagement.

A few alumni of this program include entrepreneur Michele Romanow, the youngest person to appear on Dragons' Den; Darlene Lim, a NASA sci...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

June 4th
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Government Orders

“...of Frog Lake is the story of Albertans and people across Canada. It is about aspirations, ambition, entrepreneurialism, and taking ownership of opportunities.

Sometimes I think my colleagues in ...”

Ms. Anita Vandenbeld (Ottawa West—Nepean, Lib.)

June 1st
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Statements by Members

“...noured to cut the ribbon at the opening of Algonquin College's new Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship building, or DARE, and its Centre for Indigenous Entrepreneurship district. It will include the college's new library, a learning centre, an indigenous commons, and a cybersecurity centre, making it, as forward-thinking college president Cheryl Jensen would say, “a truly collaboratory space”.[Translation]

It will be home to new training and test facilities for high-demand job sectors, a multimedia production facility, expanded applied research and innovation programs, and an area dedicated to indigenous entrepreneurship. [English]

The federal government invested $21.9 million through its post-sec...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...ness, and we want to ensure it stays that way. We know low and competitive tax rates allow Canada's entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create even more good, well-paying jobs. That is why we cut the business tax rate to 10% this past January. It will fall even further next January, to 9%.

By this time next year, the combined federal-provincial-territorial average income tax rate for small business will be 12.2%, the lowest in the G7 and the third lowest among members of the OECD. This will mean up to $7,500 in federal corporate tax savings per year to help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best, create jobs. That is good news for Canadian busin...”

Mr. Terry Duguid

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...er five years for a gender-based violence strategy; $200 million over five years; support for women entrepreneurs and women in the trades.

We are on the march, and we should be advancing gender ...”

Mrs. Rosemarie Falk (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...o the carbon tax. This is in addition to the increased CPP and EI premiums, higher income taxes for entrepreneurs, and punitive changes to the small business tax rate. While we consider these higher c...”

Mr. Dan Vandal (Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, Lib.)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...vest in our communities. Out of this new commitment, $35 million will be allocated to the new women entrepreneurship strategy. This new strategy is part of the government's commitment to increasing th...”

Mr. Dan Vandal

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...Moreover, the budget for the western diversification program includes $35 million for a women's entrepreneurship strategy. It is very important to our government.”

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

May 31st
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Statements by Members

“...oday's event will serve to advance a number of projects in Brome—Missisquoi. Our region boasts many entrepreneurs, visionaries, and engaged individuals who want to contribute to the prosperity of our ...”

Mr. Richard Hébert (Lac-Saint-Jean, Lib.)

May 30th
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Statements by Members

“...ginally from the community of Mashteuiatsh, Ms. Paul used her background in both social service and entrepreneurship to establish many business partnerships that make use of indigenous knowledge and address social problems by providing high-quality jobs.

For her outstanding work and proactive leadership, Ms. Paul was awarded the young entrepreneurs award on April 27 by the Conseil du patronat du Québec.

As a humanitarian and a ...”

Ms. Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith, NDP)

May 28th
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Private Members' Business

“...elp innoculate us against the impacts of climate change, and employ young people who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, it is such a pleasure to stand up to laud some of the successes in my riding...”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.)

May 25th
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Oral Questions

“...e OIF. Ms. Jean actively promotes Canadian priorities, such as gender equality and youth and female entrepreneurship.”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.)

May 25th
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Oral Questions

“...of the OIF.

Ms. Jean actively promotes Canadian priorities there, such as gender equality and entrepreneurship among youth and women. The current rules overseeing financial management—”

Mr. Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend, CPC)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“... the budget also included $21.5 million to create a team within the federal government to work with entrepreneurs and help them develop strategies for using intellectual property and expanding into in...”

Mr. Terry Beech (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“Mr. Speaker, before I came to this place, I worked most of my professional career in entrepreneurship and education. Even when I was doing education, I was teaching entrepreneurship or innovation. This is a very important subject and very dear to me.

As the m...”

Mr. Murray Rankin (Victoria, NDP)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“... be commercialized and should be commercialized. It troubles and pains me that so many of our young entrepreneurs think there is no sense in trying to commercialize it in this country and that they should just go down to Silicon Valley or Boston or maybe Ireland, which has become such a high-tech sector in and of itself.

That should not be the future of Canada. We need to keep the best and the brightest who make these discoveries, so we need to provide the protection of intellectual property that is needed to keep them in this country, where they create jobs and a better future for us and our children and grandchildren.

That recommendation deserves some emphasis.

Recommendation 5 reads like this:

...that the Government of Canada consider launching a pilot program designed to provide small businesses access to strategic intellectual property advice.

That will be a challenge thrown directly to the Government of Canada, which I hope they will take up as a pilot project.

The last one that I will focus on is that the committee recommends:

...that the Government of Canada study the opportunity to renew and expand funding allocated to programs supporting technology transfers between post-secondary institutions, (universities, colleges and polytechnics), and Canadian enterprises.

It is abundantly clear that the committee gets it and sees the incredibly important need. However, forgive me if I focus this debate on the community with which I am most familiar, Victoria.

I confess a lot of Canadians do not understand it and have a very unfortunate stereotype about what our community is, thinking of it perhaps as a retirement centre, a government centre, and so forth. That is why I think Canadians need to understand that greater Victoria's technology sector is now a $4-billion industry, making it the largest industry in the capital regional district. It is $4 billion. It is the largest industry. I think that will come as a surprise to Canadians. It has been that way since 2007, when it quietly moved up the ranks and hit $1.6 billion. According to recent studies, for every high-tech job, four other jobs are created. (1250)

Here I need to do a shout-out to Mr. Dan Gunn, who deserves a lot of credit for that. He heads up the Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, which uses an enormous number of very amusing and engaging techniques to engage the young members of that burgeoning high-tech community. He deserves credit for putting it together, creating that umbrella, having fun with people, getting them to collaborate informally at what they call “Fort Tectoria” on Fort Street, and has helped to turn the downtown area into what San Francisco calls “the mission district”, full of entrepreneurs and young people.

A long time ago the Liberal government of British Columbia mov...”

Mr. Murray Rankin

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“...ialize them there. However, the problem that often arises is more complicated. I have heard so many entrepreneurs tell me that they do not want to go to the United States because there is not a health care system they can afford or depend upon, and they look with pride to the health care system that Canada has. Yes, there are lower taxes, and I do not think that is going to change any time soon, but there are other quality of life factors.

I can speak to my riding of Victoria. When Mr. Gunn sells a high-tech company on relocating to Victoria, he tells me that he is often selling the sizzle and not the steak—that is, he is selling the fact that the quality of life in our community is so extraordinary that people want to live there, even though it might be a little more expensive with taxes, even though they might make a little less, because they have to think of families and so forth. That is the first point.

The second point is new Canadians. When I think of the brain drain from developing countries to the United States and Canada, increasingly those people are not interested in going to the United States, for reasons I need not explain to the House. As a consequence, we could be the beneficiaries of those brains, of that entrepreneurial zeal. Do not get me wrong: we have done a good job, and I am proud of our record wit...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

May 25th
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Private Members' Business

“...ations just described will be unfolding. I do not think Liberal MPs will want to meet landlords and entrepreneurs who have lost tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of dollars of their net worth because somebody used their property as a grow op without their permission. Let us stand up for our entrepreneurs; let us stand up for the pensions of private individuals who are trying to save for th...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 24th
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Oral Questions

“...portant to Canadians such as defending human rights, defending women's rights, and supporting women entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie needs to modernize its financ...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 24th
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Oral Questions

“...t and most vulnerable, particularly in African countries and in Haiti, to encourage women and young entrepreneurs. We should be proud of this organization.”

Ms. Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, NDP)

May 11th
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Statements by Members

“... international scenes in both sports and agriculture.

Mr. Laflamme, a well-known agricultural entrepreneur, has been a long-time advocate for and ardent defender of supply management. His effort...”

Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, CPC)

May 10th
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Statements by Members

“...s new role. These are the same distinct qualities that brought her success as an Olympian and as an entrepreneur. Nancy has clearly made her mark on Parliament Hill. Whether it was fighting to preserv...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

May 10th
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Statements by Members

“...da's Conservatives stand with Israel under attack by Iran.

Israel's people are innovative and entrepreneurial, pioneers of technological advances that help millions every day. With countless ach...”

Mr. Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, CPC)

May 9th
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Statements by Members

“...ike to extend my congratulations to Kavtek and Percheron Plastic for winning the recent Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition in Peterborough.”

Mr. Jean Rioux (Saint-Jean, Lib.)

May 9th
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Statements by Members

“...evelopment of our ridings depend entirely on the engagement of the people who live there.

Our entrepreneurs' determination and especially their perseverance are key drivers of economic activity....”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

May 9th
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Oral Questions

“...peaker, I thank the member for Sudbury for his question and for his work.

We support Canadian entrepreneurs by helping them access capital and gain technical expertise. The Canada Trailblazer Fu...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

May 8th
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Business of Supply

“...ered by a carbon-pricing mechanism.

We know that low and competitive tax rates allow Canada's entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create even more good, well-paying middle-class jobs. That is why we cut the small business tax rate to 10% this past January. It will fall even further next January to 9%. By this time next year, the combined federal, provincial, territorial average income tax rate for small business will be 12.2%, the lowest in the G7 and the third lowest among members of the OECD. This means that enterprises in my riding will see up to $7,500 in lower federal corporate income tax per year. This will help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best, which is create jobs. I note that 600,000 of them...”

Mr. John Aldag (Cloverdale—Langley City, Lib.)

May 4th
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Statements by Members

“...nesses will want to hear this.

The Downtown Langley Business Association is inviting aspiring entrepreneurs across B.C. to enter a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a prize valued at over $1...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 4th
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Oral Questions

“...to school, giving them full access to sexual and reproductive health services, and supporting women entrepreneurs.

By involving women and girls, we can create a fairer, more inclusive, and more ...”

Hon. Catherine McKenna

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“... taking public transportation. Women can make investments in clean innovation. We want to see women entrepreneurs succeed in the clean-growth century.

As a mom, I know that we need to take actio...”

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“...s four continents over the course of 22 months. The New Fire follows a group of young engineers and entrepreneurs who are developing advanced nuclear technology while working to overcome long-standing...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“...d Economic Development Canada.

The Business Development Bank of Canada serves 49,000 Canadian entrepreneurs and has committed $29 billion to small and medium-sized businesses. We are redoubling ...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec

April 30th
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Government Orders

“...celled.

We weep for those thousands of energy jobs that are gone. How many companies or young entrepreneurs were thinking they had new interesting projects they would like to proceed with? How m...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec

April 30th
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Government Orders

“Madam Speaker, the simple and easy answer is to leave it to companies, people, and entrepreneurs to innovate and find solutions to problems out in the real world. When we come before ...”

Ms. Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport, Lib.)

April 30th
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Statements by Members

“...ers of TD Bank's 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians award. They are neuroscientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, professors, cancer researchers, and more, and they reflect the extraordinary diversit...”

Mr. Steven MacKinnon (Gatineau, Lib.)

April 27th
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Statements by Members

“...e Canadian Construction Association at Meech Lake. These meetings were an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and subcontractors to express their views on the issue and on the progress made.

..”

Mr. Jean Rioux (Saint-Jean, Lib.)

April 27th
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Statements by Members

“...ment. Marina St-Tropez was given a special mention for the enthusiasm of three generations of women entrepreneurs. It is with emotion and pride that I also congratulate a former student, Steve Trinque, for being named business person of the year.

The riding of Saint-Jean can count on the talents of young entrepreneurs like Tommy Duval, organizations like Centre de partage communautaire Johannais, and bu...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 27th
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Oral Questions

“...eave options. We are tackling gender-based violence and sexual harassment. We have introduced a new entrepreneurship strategy for women. We are doing good work, and there is much more work to do.”

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

April 27th
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Oral Questions

“... ratification.

I urge all members in this chamber to work with us to do that, because we have entrepreneurs, we have farmers, we have fishers in each and every one of our ridings in Canada who w...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

April 25th
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Private Members' Business

“...my located in Beauce, home to an MP whom I know quite well and am quite fond of. Beauce's spirit of entrepreneurship is also what drives the free market. Mr. Dutil publicly stated that he did not beli...”

Ms. Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, NDP)

April 24th
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Business of Supply

“...ylum seekers who crossed the border irregularly had a successful board hearing. In Saint-Hyacinthe, entrepreneurs are telling me that these people are helping them meet labour requirements. They are h...”

Mr. Doug Eyolfson (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, Lib.)

April 24th
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Statements by Members

“...his month, Equal Opportunities West received $450,000 from Western Economic Diversification to help entrepreneurs with disabilities succeed and thrive.

I want to share with the House that I will...”

Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, CPC)

April 24th
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Statements by Members

“...nt smile on her face, a laugh that would brighten the room, and a passion for politics. She was an entrepreneur, an avid athlete, and a dedicated worker whose faith guided her throughout her life.

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 23rd
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“...r. Speaker, it is unfortunate that the member, who is from Alberta, has so little confidence in the entrepreneurship of Albertans and the capacity of Albertans to innovate. It was their innovation tha...”

Ms. Pam Damoff (Oakville North—Burlington, Lib.)

April 23rd
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“...ted the Minister of Small Business and Tourism at a round table in my riding with a group of female entrepreneurs. We heard about the need for resources to help them scale up their businesses. Therefore, I am thrilled that budget 2018 would help women entrepreneurs do just that, with the new women entrepreneurship strategy.

Budget 2018 would also commit $50.4 million over five years to addr...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 19th
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“...or Western Economic Diversification, there is an additional $185 million, and $35 million for women entrepreneurs alone. I wonder if the hon. member could comment on his regional development agency in...”

Ms. Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport, Lib.)

April 19th
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“... allow Canadian workers to transition.

We have put in quite a bit of money, $2.6 billion, for entrepreneurship. We want to make it easier for Canadians to do business and for entrepreneurs to more easily access the resources they need to innovate, scale up, create jobs, and reach customers around the world.

I will mention a couple of other things. We are spending some additional dollars, almost $2 billion, to support women-owned businesses, which I think is wonderful, and a whole bunch of programs that are going to help companies innovate and expand right across this country and around the world. We are very proud of that.

I want to move on to the next section, which was at the top of the list in my pre-budget consultations for 2018 in Davenport. People who came out let me know that Canada cannot achieve its potential if 50% of the population is held back. As members know, we have put quite a bit of money into making sure that women have an equal opportunity to succeed in whatever areas they want moving forward. The government is putting gender at the heart of its decision-making and working to help support women and girls, reduce the gender wage gap, and increase the participation of women in the workforce, which will help with economic growth for all Canadians. I am sure members have heard this many times before, but we are very proud of it. It is high time we put some significant money into these areas. (1135)

We are finally introducing our gender wage gap legislation, which will be introduced this fall. I was part of that committee. We named the report “Action Now”, because we knew it was a long time coming. Finally, at the federal level, we will ensure that we have pay equity nationally.

We are also putting quite a bit of money into helping women enter the trades and succeed in the trades. There is $20 million over five years for an apprenticeship incentive grant for women. We will see how successful it is and whether we need to put in more money moving forward.

There are a whole bunch of other initiatives around women in the workforce. I mentioned the entrepreneurship program, which would encourage and support more women when starting up and trying t...”

Mr. Wayne Long

April 19th
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“...ad. I take no lessons from members opposite about fiscal responsibility and balance.

I was an entrepreneur. My background was sports and small business. I understand the importance of balanced b...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...ll of the time. We have confidence in the future of the Canadian economy. We have confidence in the entrepreneurship of Albertans and their capacity to innovate, which has led Canada for decades, and ...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...members of the Conservative Party in Alberta do not have more confidence in their own province, the entrepreneurs and innovators, whose innovations were the reason we were able to extract that wealth....”

Ms. Gudie Hutchings (Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, as a former small business owner and operator, I know how important women entrepreneurs are, not only to the economy in my riding of the Long Range Mountains, but to my province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to our entire country.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Minister of Small Business and Tourism what steps our government is taking to help encourage more women to be their own bosses and become successful entrepreneurs.”

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...s potential for our economy. In budget 2018, we committed almost $2 billion to the first-ever women entrepreneurship strategy. This strategy will help women grow their businesses through greater acces...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

April 19th
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“...s soon as possible. I also hope the Minister of Finance understands the situation in which Canadian entrepreneurs are being forced to operate and can assure them of a brighter future.”

Ms. Mary Ng (Markham—Thornhill, Lib.)

April 19th
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Private Members' Business

“...at support a modern, innovation economy. (1615)

The government's support for innovators and entrepreneurs is essential to achieving the goals set out in the innovation and skills plan to build an economy that works for everyone, an economy where Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and where Canadian businesses are well placed to compete in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.

Despite what the member opposite who has tabled this bill claims about this kind of support, the government is not in the business of corporate welfare. Rather, the government's support for innovative projects and collaborations helps Canadian firms enhance research and development activities, which benefits Canadians and Canada by generating investment, developing new technologies, and enhancing Canadian innovation capacity and expertise.

From the development of new clean technologies to the scaling up of small businesses, the government supports entrepreneurs and researchers working in various sectors of the economy who demonstrate the potential to drive forward Canada's innovation economy. The government will continue to support cutting-edge research that drives innovation and the development of new products and services for global consumers.

This is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada is working toward creating a competitive business environment that will benefit all Canadians and also attract investment. We have made significant strides in advancing this ambitious plan to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and ensure a clean and inclusive future for all Canadians.

Just recently, we successfully announced the selection of five innovation superclusters. Small and medium-sized enterprises, large companies, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations will work together to advance Canada's technological capabilities.

We are also simplifying the way we support innovators with the creation of Innovation Canada to serve as a single point of contact for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses and as a gateway to government programs and services. The government provides a broad level of support to businesses looking to scale up, expand into new markets, and develop technologies to grow an innovation economy.

Governments should not be compromising sensitive commercial information that would undermine the competitiveness of those firms or Canada's attractiveness as a place to invest. The new, proactive disclosure requirements the government has put in place already strengthen the oversight of the use of public resources without creating a disincentive for businesses to get the help they need to benefit Canadians.

Bill C-396 would impede the government's efforts to better support innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada. Strong collaboration between ISED and the business community is essentia...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 18th
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Oral Questions

“.... Thousands of jobs have been created over the last number of months, and we are confident that the entrepreneurship and the innovation genius of the people of Alberta will grow.

Some hon. membe...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 18th
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Oral Questions

“...ty, many of whom are from Alberta, do not have confidence in Alberta's capacity to innovate and the entrepreneurship of Albertans. It was the very innovation of entrepreneurs in Alberta that unlocked the key to these vast resources. We have confidence in the entrepreneurship of Alberta. It is very surprising that members opposite do not.

Some hon. mem...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 18th
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“...ill help reduce the gender wage gap and support women's economic empowerment.

The new women's entrepreneurship strategy, which I hope all of us in this place will support, will help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks, and expertise. (1545)

The strategy will help break down barriers to growth-oriented entrepreneurship, including new direct funding from the regional development agencies targeted to women entrepreneurs, mentorship, and skills training, as well as targets for federal procurement from wome...”

Ms. Ruby Sahota (Brampton North, Lib.)

April 18th
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“...s me, given that Brampton North covers just 36 square kilometres. We should never underestimate the entrepreneurial spirit of Bramptonians, and indeed of all Canadians. That number should tell us just...”

Ms. Kamal Khera (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, Lib.)

April 18th
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“...can grow, find new customers, and access more opportunities.

Balbir is an extremely motivated entrepreneur with a passion for teeth as a dental hygienist. Some members of the House may have seen her on the last season of CBC's Dragon's Den, discussing her mobile dental hygiene practice. Through budget 2018, we would make more capital available for women entrepreneurs, like Balbir, so many more women can take their businesses to the next level.

Th...”

Ms. Kim Rudd (Northumberland—Peterborough South, Lib.)

April 18th
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Government Orders

“Mr. Speaker, I heard an earlier speaker talk about SMEs. I am an entrepreneur, and as an entrepreneur and a woman, I appreciate so many of the measures in the budget that support women and ...”

Ms. Kamal Khera

April 18th
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“...renting, and in tackling gender-based violence and sexual harassment. We are also introducing a new entrepreneurship strategy for women.

As I stated earlier in my speech, and as studied by Macke...”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes

April 17th
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Routine Proceedings

“...et was focused on.

We talked about equality, and the fact that if we give women tools such as entrepreneurship tools and parental leave, tools that give them the opportunity to reach their full ...”

Mr. Rémi Massé (Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, Lib.)

April 17th
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Routine Proceedings

“...en the economy is doing so well that there is a labour shortage. That is what I am hearing from the entrepreneurs that I talk to. How can we support them even more? Of course, implementing the measure...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 17th
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Oral Questions

“...ustainably developing our resource on GHG emission and reductions as a result of the innovation and entrepreneurship.

We on this side of the House place an awful lot of stock in the innovation and entrepreneurship of business leadership in Alberta. We wish members opposite shared our optimism.

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

April 16th
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Private Members' Business

“... to get off disability assistance?” She replied, “Die”.

That is not just the experience of an entrepreneur talking to government; that is the insight of Canada's former chief statistician, Dr. M...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

April 16th
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Private Members' Business

“...through work and volunteerism. They should not be penalized for meaningful employment or profitable entrepreneurialism, and for their efforts to advance and support themselves. All of them, those who could work and those who could not, also contributed to my life, my perspective, and my well-being in ways I am sure they never knew.

In Lakeland, the Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity is a not-for-profit association that helps support people with developmental disabilities to have opportunities for success and personal growth by promoting the development of communication and cognitive and motor skills through participation in work and in many initiatives and events in the community.

VALID has long-standing partnerships with businesses for employment positions, and with charities for volunteer activities in Vegreville. For more than 20 years, VALID's program with the immigration case processing centre secured work placements for three to five, and sometimes more, disabled people every year. These opportunities will soon be taken away from workers with disabilities in CPC Vegreville because despite an outpouring and herculean effort to stop it by employees and their families, union reps, and elected representatives at all levels and of all parties in Alberta, and right across the country, the Liberals are closing the office in September 2018.

That closure will eliminate hundreds of much-needed jobs in Vegreville, with wide-ranging and significant economic and social consequences for the town and region. The Liberal closure will end decades of consistent and predictable employment opportunities for adults living with disabilities in and around the town and end all fundraising by the employee champions for local charities and not-for-profit associations that help the disadvantaged, needy, and vulnerable through their contributions to workplace charitable campaigns.

The immigration department said that the new office in Vegreville would accommodate 312 employees, only a maximum addition of 32 positions. Vegreville could have expanded for them and for more jobs or placements for people with disabilities.

It is a huge loss that was imposed with no consultation and no economic impact assessment. The cost study the Liberals hid for a year showed it would cost millions more. Nothing ever actually prevented them from opening an office in Edmonton. They have never proven the case why the Vegreville office has to be closed, not to the whole team of employees who consistently outperform targets and backstop other offices, not to the 76% of employees there who are women, and not to the people with disabilities who will no longer have opportunities for worthwhile and meaningful work there.

Canadians with disabilities should be able to exercise their talents, abilities, and ambition to pursue and attain employment and entrepreneurial opportunities when they can and want to. Governments should not penalize them for do...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

April 16th
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“...ffective January 1, 2019. This means up to $7,500 in federal corporate tax savings per year to help entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best: create jobs. Lowering small business taxes should...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

April 16th
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“... is true that I was in the member for Whitby's region. I was impressed by the dynamism of the local entrepreneurs and also the community members I met, who are very involved and shared their concerns ...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre

April 16th
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“Mr. Speaker, the member from British Columbia is a great champion for entrepreneurship. He understands that entrepreneurship is about allowing people to produce prosperity for themselves, their families, and ...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

April 16th
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“... the country.[Translation]

Our government initiated extensive consultations to make sure that entrepreneurs can continue to invest in and grow their business, but also to ensure that all Canadia...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

March 28th
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Oral Questions

“...ans. These investments will stimulate the growth of Canada's economy, will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and will increase co-operation.”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

March 28th
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Oral Questions

“... future. By addressing the gender wage gap, supporting equal parenting, and introducing a new women entrepreneurship strategy, we are making important progress toward equality. This is a budget Canadi...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

March 28th
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“...our economy. Budget 2018 takes our commitment to gender equality even further by investing in women entrepreneurs and women in skilled trades, by launching a new parental sharing benefit, and by intro...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

March 28th
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Oral Questions

“...hese investments are stimulating the growth of Canada's economy and they will foster innovation and entrepreneurship and increase co-operation.”

Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Status of Women, Lib.)

March 27th
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Oral Questions

“...veral measures to close the gender wage gap, including an investment of $1.65 billion for a women's entrepreneurship strategy to support women to start and grow their businesses and to benefit from tr...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

March 22nd
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Business of Supply

“...iberal government does not seem to understand the very real consequences for Canadians and Canadian entrepreneurs in agriculture as a result of its actions in India . Not only is this a question of th...”

Mr. Mark Holland (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Lib.)

March 22nd
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Business of Supply

“... Minister Modi, India's President Kovind, the Minister of External Affairs, business executives and entrepreneurs, civil society advocates, academics, and thought leaders.

The Prime Minister visited the world's most populous democracy, the fastest-growing major economy in the world, and a society on the cusp of dramatic cultural, political, and economic transformation. India's economic heft is increasing. Its middle class is expanding, and its global influence grows stronger every day.

Over the past few years, Canada's relationship with India has thrived. We have expanded and deepened our traditional areas of engagement. However, Canadians expect the Prime Minister to do more, to welcome more skilled workers, to attract more students to study in Canada, to facilitate the ease of doing business with and investing in India. Canada's Prime Minister took the pulse of the change afoot in India in order to guide Canadian stakeholders through this transformation.

The relationship between Canada and India is strong and mutually beneficial. Two-way trade between Canada and India is estimated to have reached $8.34 billion in calendar year 2017. This represents an increase of 3.9% over 2016, and an increase of over 30% just in the last three years. There is an estimated 1,000 Canadian companies active in the India market, of which 400 have a physical presence in the country.

Despite these impressive figures, there is a palpable sense that Canada-India trade should be higher than it is right now, that there is enormous potential in India. The fact that our trade and investment numbers are low relative to the size of our GDP is just one example. On the same note, our negotiations on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, known as CEPA, and a foreign investment protection and promotion agreement, known as FIPA, are important priorities for both countries.

Closing these bilateral agreements has proven to be long and arduous, and we are not quite there yet. However, Canada shares the same objective as India: to work together to create economic growth, prosperity, and good middle-class jobs and more opportunities for our citizens.

To this end, in the joint statement issued by the leaders on February 23, Canada and India agreed to intensify negotiations to finalize both CEPA and FIPA. As well, Canada and India finalized a memorandum of understanding between Global Affairs Canada's investment and innovation bureau and Invest India, which will enhance two-way investment between the two countries.

The Prime Minister welcomed the conclusion of, and progress on, co-operation agreements in areas such as civil nuclear science and technology, education, audiovisual production, information technology, intellectual property, sports, and many other areas.

The leaders agree to encourage the private sector to explore further investment opportunities, and they welcome the signing of the commercial agreement, which will create thousands of new economic opportunities and jobs for both countries.

Clearly, this was a valuable international trip to engage with an increasingly important global partner, India. This brings me to the subject of today's supply day motion. (1035)

Unfortunately, the subject the opposition has chosen to put forward in today's supply day motion calls into question the professionalism of some of our most senior public servants in the country. Canada's national security agencies are non-partisan, as well they must be. They are highly competent and highly effective. We trust them to protect and promote Canada's security. They continue to do an excellent job in serving and protecting the interests of Canadians regardless of what party might be in power. We respect our national security agencies and we respect the non-partisan public service. We respect their ability to provide non-partisan advice, including on operational issues that bear upon national security.

As has been explained to the House on many occasions, the invitation to Mr. Atwal should never have been sent. When the government became aware of the invitation, it was withdrawn. The member of Parliament who extended that invitation has apologized for doing so.

Our security and intelligence agencies are highly competent and do their jobs extremely well. Our government has been working to ensure they continue to do that work despite deep cuts that were made by the previous Conservative government. In fact, in their last four years in power, the Conservatives cut $1 billion from our national security and intelligence agencies.

By contrast, the Liberal government has been providing them with integrity funding as we undertake reviews to ensure they have the resources to match their mandates and the difficult tasks we ask them to do every day on behalf of Canadians. More than that, we are restoring the public trust and confidence in our security and intelligence agencies that eroded over the 10 years of the previous Harper government.

Last year, Parliament passed Bill C-22, which created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. For well over a decade, experts, academics, and parliamentary committees, including ones that I was on, have called for a committee of parliamentarians that would be mandated to review the work of our security and intelligence agencies and who would have the appropriate clearance to review all classified material. That committee is now up and running. It is currently reviewing and taking a look at our national security and intelligence apparatus.

We are also enhancing and making major changes to the existing review bodies by combining all entities with a mandate to review an individual department or agency into one body. Some academics have referred to this for years as a super SIRC. This too was called for in Justice Iacobucci's report and Justice O'Connor's report. Certainly in my time as the critic for public safety when I was in opposition, it was something that we called for and something that the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security called for.

We are calling it NSIRA, the national security intelligence review agency. There are benefits of having one review body that can actually follow the evidence as it moves from one agency to another. As an example, if SIRC were currently reviewing a CSIS operation and found that at one point CSIS had turned it over to the RCMP for an investigation, SIRC would not be able to follow the trail to see what the RCMP had done with that information. In other words, the security and intelligence review of matters would be siloed and there would not be the ability to follow them from one agency to the other. This would make knowing exactly what went on or what went wrong nearly impossible.

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, CRCC, could review what the RCMP has done with that information in the example that I gave earlier, but it would not be able to know what CSIS did in order to obtain it. Should Bill C-59 be passed by Parliament, the new NSIRA would have a mandate to look at every department or agency within the national security and intelligence function.

In line with Canada's feminist foreign policy and feminist international assistance policy, as well as the emphasis on gender equality in the budget tabled in Parliament, the goal of women's empowerment and gender equality featured prominently during the Prime Minister's visit to India. He participated in a women's business leaders round table and launched the Canada-India accelerator program for women tech entrepreneurs.

Canada and India announced collaboration between Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and India's Department of Science and Technology to jointly promote and strengthen the participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (1040)

As well, Canada's International Development Research Centre, IDRC, announced research initiatives into the most important and effective ways to empower women, prevent gender-based violence, and make digital platforms work for inclusive development in India. New investments by the IDRC in 2018 will improve the working conditions of homeworkers and improve business practices in global supply chains. Canada announced $7.9 million for 40 Grand Challenges Canada projects in India, supporting women's empowerment, sexual and reproductive health rights, water and sanitation, and mental health. Finally, Canada and India launched the Nutrition International's Asia campaign called “She'll Grow Into It”. The campaign, supported by $11.5 million of funding through the right start initiative, works to empower the world's poorest women, adolescent girls, and children.

On the last day of the visit, the Prime Minister delivered a keynote speech before 5,000 youth at the 2018 Young Changemakers Conclave annual conference. At this event, captured live on Facebook, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of gender equality, youth engagement, and diversity, and discussed the role of technology and innovation in empowering young leaders. Canada's Prime Minister heard directly from India's young leaders on how they are making their country and their world a better place in which to live. India has the largest youth population in the world, with more than 780 million under the age of 35.

Speaking about youth, I want to turn to the topic of education. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world. With over 30 million students enrolled in higher education every year, the demand far exceeds the supply. As a result, more than 550,000 Indian students opted to study abroad in 2017, and Canada is increasingly a destination of choice. Canadian institutions currently have over 400 arrangements with Indian institutions, and approximately 50 universities and colleges have a presence in India. In addition, the government has been proactively targeting students from abroad with the result that a record number of Indian students, an estimated 124,000, held a permit to study in Canada for six months or more in 2017. Canada now trails only the United States as a destination for Indian students going abroad for higher education.

Academic collaboration is also moving forward at an accelerated pace. In 2016, Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, brought 184 Indian researchers to Canada with funding of over $2 million through the Mitacs Globalink program and $736,000 in support from the Government of India. Since its launch in 2013, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability, known as IC-IMPACTS, has delivered 38 projects that have resulted in 16 technology deployments in Canada and India in a variety of fields. Recognizing the importance of innovation, the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi welcomed a call for research proposals amounting to $4 million toward cleaning polluted bodies of water and mitigating fire hazards in buildings. Key partners in this initiative are IC-IMPACTS and India's departments of biotechnology and science and technology.

During the Prime Minister's trip, a memorandum of understanding on higher education was renewed, and Canada announced it will host the 2018 meeting of the joint working group that oversees implementation of that memorandum of understanding. As well, the Prime Minister recognized the 50th anniversary of the Shastri lndo-Canadian Institute in promoting understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges, with the support of both governments to the institute.

To pursue this line further, if we continue to link youth and entrepreneurs in India and Canada and if we continue to encourage innovation and collaboration betwe...”

Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.)

March 22nd
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Business of Supply

“...lates increased people-to-people ties, encourages joint research and development projects and spurs entrepreneurship and innovation in the decades to come.

There was a renewed emphasis on foster...”

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.)

March 22nd
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Statements by Members

“...ada is a water nation and we can help the world achieve water security. We have the scientists, the entrepreneurs, the engineers, and the experience in the shared governance of international waters, s...”

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Saint-Hubert, NDP)

March 22nd
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, it is official. Quebec is going to put an end to an inequity that is hurting our entrepreneurs, in spite of Ottawa. The premier of Quebec said this morning, “All those who conduct b...”

Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Status of Women, Lib.)

March 21st
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Oral Questions

“...g grants and opportunities for women to enter the trades. We are also investing $1.65 billion in an entrepreneurship strategy. When we invest in women—”

Mr. Lloyd Longfield (Guelph, Lib.)

March 20th
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The Budget

“...ernment launched Innovation Canada to provide a single point of contact for Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. Linking businesses with the right programs can mean the difference between their success and failure. The industrial research assistance program is a perfect example. IRAP has helped thousands of Canadians develop innovative technologies and successfully commercialize them in the global marketplace. To enable IRAP to support business research and development projects, the government proposes to invest $700 million over five years starting in 2018-19, and $150 million for every year ongoing. This funding will support hard-working Canadian entrepreneurs to create jobs as they grow and expand their businesses, getting them through the valley of death.

Protecting and promoting Canadian intellectual property is an essential step to promoting Canadian business. To accomplish this goal, budget 2018 proposes a new intellectual property strategy to help Canadian entrepreneurs better understand and protect intellectual property and to get better access to shared intellectual property. Budget 2018 proposes to invest $85.3 million over five years starting this year, with $10 million ongoing in support of the strategy.

Furthermore, to better enable firms to access and share intellectual property, the government proposes to provide $30 million in 2019-20 to pilot a patent collective. This collective will work with Canada's entrepreneurs to pool patents so that small and medium-sized firms have better access to the critica...”

Mr. Lloyd Longfield

March 20th
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The Budget

“...rt Development Canada to take advantages of the opportunities in the global workplace to help women entrepreneurs reach their potential globally.

Also, to support women in agriculture, we are creating and launching a new lending program from Farm Credit Canada to support advisory services for women.

The capital venture plan also opens up the door for women to get financing through $1.5 billion in the venture capital market in Canada. This is focused on helping female entrepreneurs reach their potential, to say nothing of the skills gap and helping women with getting...”

Mr. Lloyd Longfield

March 20th
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The Budget

“...ts in their region, postal code, and the problem they are looking to solve, we have a way to direct entrepreneurs into funding streams and the programs that will help them, including export services t...”

Mr. Yves Robillard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Lib.)

March 20th
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The Budget

“...of my constituents whom I have met over the past two weeks.

I will first talk about women and entrepreneurship. Those are the key terms in the new budget, and we can be proud of that. Support is provided for women-owned businesses so that their businesses can expand, so that they can find new clients and gain access to more export opportunities. That will be possible thanks to improved access to investments for women entrepreneurs. They will have access to $1.65 billion over three years through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.

The allocation of $105 million over five years through the regional development agencies will support women entrepreneurs. Those investments are essential for our communities' economic growth. The riding of Marc-Aurèle-Fortin is made up of families, young people and seniors, but it also includes many industries, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. That is why I am pleased that this budget will support them better, while providing a unique vision for entrepreneurs.

Under budget 2018, $2.9 billion will be invested over five years to help compan...”

Mr. Mark Warawa (Langley—Aldergrove, CPC)

March 20th
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The Budget

“...ng the government’s self-destructive policies of chronic deficit-financed spending and new taxes on entrepreneurs.

It does not sound good.

Andrew Coyne stated:

Once upon a time the f...”

Mr. John Oliver (Oakville, Lib.)

March 20th
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The Budget

“...l work. We are making unprecedented investments in women in business through establishing the women entrepreneurship strategy in a $1.65-billion investment over three years through the Business Develo...”

Mr. Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, CPC)

March 20th
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Statements by Members

“...nder of the Year; Morgan Burke, Young Professional of the Year; Chris Carl and Terri Matthews-Carl, Entrepreneurs of the Year; Point in Time, Not for Profit of the Year; Cathy Mack, Customer First - E...”

Hon. Wayne Easter

March 19th
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The Budget

“..., if there was ever a budget that emphasized women and their potential in the workforce or in being entrepreneurs or researchers, this budget is certainly it. I would just refer the member opposite to page 110 and the things talked about on that page: “helping women-owned businesses grow”; “increasing access to capital” for women; “enhancing data and knowledge” for women entrepreneurs; “improving access to federal business innovation programming”. Those are all our area...”

Ms. Linda Lapointe (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Lib.)

March 19th
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The Budget

“...n a knowledge-based economy, a government must work to protect the ideas of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs. Ensuring Canadian intellectual property rules are up to date and reflect the world we...”

Ms. Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, CPC)

March 19th
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The Budget

“...he world economy is thriving. The Canadian dollar is down, which is excellent for our trade market. Entrepreneurs are working hard and creating jobs. They are doing a phenomenal job. Women and men across the country are taking risks and starting up local companies. A responsible government would take advantage of this and put money aside so that when times get tough there is some money in the bank to take care of the Canadian public. Instead, the government broke its electoral promise. Instead of balancing the budget, or at least bringing it closer to balance, it decided it would incur another $18 billion worth of deficit.

When asked about the need for deficit spending, the Liberals responded by saying they need to invest in infrastructure. The problem is that when we look at the budget closely, we see they have cut infrastructure spending domestically by $2.1 billion. In fact, they cut it here, but the Liberals are willing to take $35 billion and put it into overseas infrastructure to help places like China. It is the Canadian people who will have to foot that bill. We have to ask whether this helps Canadians. The truth is, it does not, at all. The Prime Minister had the audacity to tell veterans that there is not enough money in the budget or in government coffers to help veterans who have served the country faithfully, yet somehow there is enough money to send overseas and invest in infrastructure projects in places like China.

Canadians expect better. The Liberals have said that better is possible. Better is always possible. Canadians expect the government to implement policies that will create jobs. They expect the government to respect the rights and freedoms of Canadians. They expect the government to stand up for victims; to defend families; to advocate for the most vulnerable, including our seniors and those who live with a disability; to invest in health care; and to deliver services with excellence, all while stewarding the taxpayer dollar.

Canadians are hard-working people with great potential which deserves to be realized. It should be the government that facilitates that for the Canadian public. The government had the ability to facilitate that prosperity, but unfortunately it has wasted that opportunity in 2018.

Mr. Speaker, I should mention that I will be splitting my time with the member for Markham—Unionville.

The government has failed to deliver what matters most to Canadians. At a time when the government should be focused on making life more affordable and getting out of the way, it is focused on putting barriers in place for Canadians starting businesses and for investments coming into Canada. It is standing in the way of resource development. The Prime Minister is failing Canadians.

According to an Ipsos Reid poll that was recently released, nearly half of all Canadian families are within $200 a month of not being able to pay their household bills. That is their mortgage, their car payments, the food on the table, the clothes on their back. They are within $200 a month of not being able to make ends meet. (1235)

Why is that? The reason is the current government is making life more expensive. On average, a Canadian family is spending $840 more per year in taxation than it was under the previous government. That is money that could have been spent on music lessons or sports for their kids, or going on a weekend vacation as a family. That amount, $840, is significant. Life is being made more expensive.

I am going to talk a little about my riding of Lethbridge. I am very pleased to represent the people of southern Alberta in Lethbridge. One of the things we were looking for in this budget was infrastructure dollars. As I mentioned, those have been cut. Specifically, we could use roads, bridges, and social infrastructure. We are a growing community. Families are vibrant. Things are going well for us, but unfortunately, in this budget, as in previous budgets from the government, we have been left in the cold because of the size of our community. The government places all of its emphasis on large urban centres, and that simply is not us.

Agriculture is a sector within my area that is very strong. It is the sector that keeps us afloat. We are very thankful for our ag producers. Again, in this budget, there was absolutely nothing for the agriculture sector.

When it comes to small businesses, entrepreneurs, women and men who are taking risks, who are creating businesses in order to facilitat...”

Ms. Rachael Harder

March 19th
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The Budget

“... let us take down the barriers. Let us cut the red tape. Let us put policy in place that would help entrepreneurs start businesses that will invest in our economy, which will attract further investmen...”

Mr. Pierre Breton

March 19th
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The Budget

“...This money is earmarked specifically for them, and we are very proud of this.

There are women entrepreneurs in my riding working in various sectors, from farming to industry, and they want to se...”

Ms. Yasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East, Lib.)

March 19th
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The Budget

“...taking leadership to address the gender wage gap, supporting equal parenting, and introducing a new entrepreneurship strategy for women.

The women's entrepreneurship strategy is a comprehensive approach to addressing critical growth stages and other challenges that women entrepreneurs face. Our investment will help them grow their businesses and remove barriers to succe...”

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia

March 19th
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The Budget

“...t also allocates $1.4 billion over three years to the Business Development Bank of Canada for women entrepreneurs as well as $250 million over three years to Export Development Canada. This will encou...”

Mr. Stephen Fuhr (Kelowna—Lake Country, Lib.)

March 2nd
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Statements by Members

“...ness, Sip Happens Wine Tours, Sun City Physiotherapy, Neon Consulting, and ArtWalk.

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Kim Chapman, and the Business Person of the Year was Garth Mc...”

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

March 2nd
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Oral Questions

“... trade mission in November. This trade mission to India was the largest in history and involved 150 entrepreneurs. We met with more than 11 ministers. I can assure my colleague that this issue was rai...”

Ms. Karine Trudel (Jonquière, NDP)

February 27th
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Statements by Members

“...ned are some of the words that describe this woman whose extraordinary journey continues to inspire entrepreneurs across the province, including her two children who today are following in her footste...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

February 27th
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Statements by Members

“... Friendship Group and as the member of Parliament for Vaughan—Woodbridge, a riding with a proud and entrepreneurial Afghan Canadian diaspora, to recognize The Breadwinner, a Canadian co-produced and O...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

February 27th
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Oral Questions

“...ss jobs for Canadians.

These investments will grow Canada's economy, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase collaboration. We know that it is the deep ties that unite Canada and...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

February 27th
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The Budget

“...We are answering the call from members of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders and taking a comprehensive approach to helping women entrepreneurs so that they can scale up their businesses, create jobs, and access the mentorship and...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

February 27th
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The Budget

“...l create jobs in regions and rural communities across Canada and provide tailored support for women entrepreneurs through investments in our regional development agencies, such as ACOA, the Economic D...”

Hon. Jim Carr

February 12th
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Business of Supply

“Madam Speaker, I would like to remind everyone that it was the entrepreneurship and the power of innovation in Alberta that led to unlocking this great resource in the first place. Literally trillions of dollars of investment internationally are looking for a place to land and we want that investment to land in Canada. We have belief that research and development, innovation, and entrepreneurship, especially in Alberta, will help lead the way. Many leaders in the oil and gas sec...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“...nd to 9% as of January 1, 2019. For the average small business, that means a savings of $1,600 that entrepreneurs and innovators can reinvest in their company and in job creation.

Under this mea...”

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“...age. It is the stock option loophole, a technique that was designed in our tax system primarily for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

However, for the top CEOs in Canada, a quarter of their pay is in...”

Mr. Garnett Genuis

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“...uses with respect to stock options. Stock options can be a very important vehicle for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and it is on that basis that we are concerned about this.

Of course, any time t...”

Ms. Sheri Benson

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“Madam Speaker, I will first state that I have a lot of respect for entrepreneurs, people who build things and develop products. It is something I do not have the skill...”

Mr. Greg Fergus (Hull—Aylmer, Lib.)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“... to be the lowest by far of all G7 countries.

We have helped small business create jobs. When entrepreneurs grow their business, they find new markets and create well-paid jobs, and that benefit...”

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Lib.)

February 8th
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Oral Questions

“...to achieve misguided financial goals. We will solve the problem by working closely with the unions, entrepreneurs, and the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.”

Mr. Pat Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge, CPC)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“...d to do. It was a policy choice originally made for important reasons. It was designed to encourage entrepreneurialism. It was designed to encourage Canadians—and not just Canadians; this is tax polic...”

Mr. Bernard Généreux (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, CPC)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“...stock exchange and I do not own any stocks. I have already played that game, but not anymore. As an entrepreneur, I know first-hand that starting a business can have very negative consequences on the family and on the business itself. There are ups and downs. I have owned a business for 25 years and I can say that it is not always easy to create and keep jobs, and what is even more challenging is to grow a business, which means taking risks. Business owners are the ones to bear those risks.

I am pleased to say that the top entrepreneurial city for 2017 was Rivière-du-Loup, in my riding. My region has a strong business climate, but it is not because small businesses are publicly traded or because these people are being paid in dividends through stock options, quite the contrary. Small businesses make up 90% of Canada’s economy and not all small businesses are like those listed on an exchange and able to afford to provide stock options. Despite that, entrepreneurs like me are personally working hard to develop the local economy.

A lot of people are included in the middle class. Entrepreneurs starting up a business often find themselves in precarious situations, risking their own money and not having a stable income or a pension fund or employment insurance. It is a reality that I face and have faced in the past. (1630)

I can assure my colleagues that I have taken family risks for the good of my business, which is doing very well today. However, when I was starting out, that was not necessarily the case. Things were extremely challenging. Success is really not guaranteed.

According to Industry Canada, only 50% of small businesses make it through the first five years. Some will certainly be quite successful, but others will fail. The NDP takes issue with the fact that the sale of shares obtained through stock options is taxed at only 50% of the amount, but they also disregard the fact that many, if not half, of entrepreneurs will end up with stock that has no value.

The reality of the stock market is tha...”

Mr. Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni, NDP)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“... hon. colleague for his speech. As the critic for small business and tourism, I always love to hear entrepreneurs speak about business.

Certainly, it is an interesting place for the NDP and the ...”

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

February 8th
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Business of Supply

“Madam Speaker, I appreciate that sense of entrepreneurship that the member across the way is referencing. Small businesses are the backbone of...”

Mr. Marwan Tabbara (Kitchener South—Hespeler, Lib.)

February 2nd
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Statements by Members

“...chatronics engineering program, and now employs nearly 200 Canadians full time. We are proud of the entrepreneurship and innovation displayed by partners Matthew Rendall, Ryan Gariepy, and Bryan Webb,...”

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.)

January 31st
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Statements by Members

“... green is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. I am proud to recognize their vision and entrepreneurial spirit in the House.”

Ms. Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton, CPC)

January 31st
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...ompany called Field Farms Ltd. Basically, she immigrated to Canada and built up a company, with her entrepreneurial spirit, from nothing. She is in the business of selling organic grains, and she has ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

January 31st
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...nto savings of roughly $1,600 a year in federal taxes.

Thanks to this small business tax cut, entrepreneurs will be able to save more of their earnings, which they can then reinvest and use to f...”

Ms. Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, NDP)

January 30th
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Statements by Members

“... infrastructure.

Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole is developing the Biotechnology Park and inviting entrepreneurs to choose Saint-Hyacinthe because they can dispose of their organic waste at a lower c...”


The Senate

Senator Andreychuk

June 20th
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Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux Received in Committee of the Whole

“...gender-based analysis and making analyses of programs, particularly on budgets, helping young women entrepreneurs, et cetera? Have you given that any thought?”

Hon. A. Raynell Andreychuk

June 19th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter--Debate Continued

“...esses recommended an exemption for spouses from the income sprinkling rules. With respect to female entrepreneurs, Dr. Nadia Alam, President, Ontario Medical Association, in her appearance before the ...”

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)

June 19th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter--Debate Continued

“... families working day and night to make ends meet to put food on the table. They represent aspiring entrepreneurs who envision bettering the lives of others through their innovation. They represent medical doctors, accountants, lawyers, who have gone through years of rigorous training. In light of the Trudeau government’s announcement that it would cut the small business tax rate to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019, in support of the middle class and those working hard to become a part of it, what they are not telling Canadians is that the new measures included in this bill will make it harder for small businesses to qualify for the small business tax rate. The new rules on passive income, coupled with the new income sprinkling rules, which abruptly came to an end this past January, along with other provisions set out in this bill, will have small businesses paying more tax, not less. According to a report from the Government of Canada entitled Tax Measures: Supplementary Information, the government itself expects to collect $43 million in extra revenue in the current fiscal year through the changes in passive income rules. By 2023, it projects to collect additional tax revenue totalling $2.3 billion. To me, this sounds like pickpocketing the middle class and those working hard to become a part of this class. What is passive income, and why is it important in this context? Passive income is derived from any source in which the investor does not have active participation in the business. This includes investment in bonds, stocks, limited partnerships, income trust funds, et cetera. This is different from the day-to-day income one earns from their business, for example, sales of goods and services. This matters because passive investments allow businesses to diversify their income streams and permit them to put away money for future anticipated needs. Businesses may use passive income during the bottom of the business cycle, when sales are down and they need to offset losses incurred. Passive income can also be used to save for new equipment or property for the future. The government’s new rules would essentially penalize businesses for earning passive investment income. Under the new rules, businesses that earn anything above the $50,000 passive-income threshold would effectively see their small business deduction limit shrink, until they no longer qualify for the small business tax rate. Any business that earns $150,000, $100,000 in excess of the $50,000 threshold, in passive income would in effect be ineligible for the small business tax rate. At second reading of this bill on June 11, I asked Senator Mitchell, the sponsor, how toughening the rules of passive income and income sprinkling will help small businesses. To that, the senator replied, ". . . passive investments don’t create jobs. . . ." I respectfully disagree. If government discourages small businesses from investing in passive income, they will be left more vulnerable should there be an economic downturn. Passive investments allow businesses to keep staff when the going gets tough. Think of it as a rainy day fund. Small business owners assume risk and often forego salaries for themselves to ensure the success of their business. I find it unfitting for government to impose a one-size-fits-all policy to Canadian-controlled private corporations, CCPCs. Each small business faces unique sets of opportunities and challenges, and Canadian business owners have a much better understanding of their own challenges and opportunities than the government. In fact, a recent petition tabled in the House of Commons last Monday was signed by more than 45,000 Canadians calling on the government to abandon its package of small business tax changes. In the current climate of protectionism, passive income has become ever so important. Along with the ongoing, shaky NAFTA negotiations, which includes a potentially dangerous trade war with the United States, our biggest trading partner, Canadian businesses need the government’s support more than ever. It is exactly for uncertain times like this that small businesses put aside money. It lessens the financial impact during economic hardships. More than 70 per cent of our exports go to the United States. The two economies are closely intertwined, and the current state of the bilateral trade relations means a hard hit for Canadian businesses and their employees. (2010) What is even more insulting to small businesses in Canada is the federal government going back on its word about grandfathering existing passive investments. Initially the government promised that passive investments held before the new rules came into force would be exempt. Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said: The proposed rules penalize businesses that have been compliant with the law and acted prudently in the face of economic uncertainly and risk by creating a capital reserve through passive investments. We’re asking the government to keep the promise they made to the small business community and protect firms with previous passive investments from the new rules before the budget is signed into law. By breaking this promise, the federal government will now be unfairly taxing businesses who have held passive investments well before and shortly after the original changes were announced. Matthew MacAdam, partner and leader for tax services in Nova Scotia at Grant Thornton said that the government’s change of heart was unexpected in the Canadian business world. He went on to say that he felt for clients “who transferred passive assets into their corporations ahead of the budget, thinking they were doing themselves a favour, only to realize today that their passive income will cause the corporation to lose some of its small business deduction starting in 2019.” These unfair tax changes will have a ripple effect, cutting into other industries, including the financial industry. RBC President and CEO Dave McKay said: We would certainly encourage the federal government to look at these issues because, in real time, we’re seeing capital flow out of the country. . . . if we don’t keep the capital here, we can’t keep the people here . . . . Investors follow certainty. We are sending the wrong signals to entrepreneurs and investors with these changes. Senator Mitchell also proudly stated that the Trudea...”

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate)

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...ovince of Nova Scotia. [Translation] Senator Deacon’s career has been remarkable. As a 21st-century entrepreneur, he understands that innovation is key to economic development. His success in business extends to the charitable sector, where he has been very active on the board of various organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being and to helping those in need in Halifax. [English] We also understand the importance of innovation for a strong economy. What Senator Deacon brings to this chamber is experience helping transform ideas into products and services that improve lives, create jobs and contribute to a stronger Canadian economy. As an entrepreneur and leader, Senator Deacon has played an important role in leading and helping grow tec...”

Hon. Larry W. Smith (Leader of the Opposition)

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...as the official opposition and all senators within the Senate. Senator Deacon’s great success as an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, combined with his extensive civic involvement in his home pro...”

Hon. Yuen Pau Woo

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...with wealth creation. Enter Senator Deacon from Nova Scotia, who has a track record as a technology entrepreneur, a start-up champion and a venture capitalist. Some of his accomplishments include BlueLight Analytics, a company that is dedicated to improving the quality of restorative dentistry, and SpellRead, a company focused on improving reading skills among kids. He is also entrepreneur in residence at Startup Zone, P.E.I., a Charlottetown organization that helps entrepreneurs to explore and test an idea as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Senator Deacon a...”

Hon. Percy E. Downe

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...ken, and I won’t repeat them, I fully endorse what has been said. Your business experience and your entrepreneurship has always come with a human side of helping the less fortunate. As Senator Woo ind...”

Hon. Percy Mockler

June 18th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter—Debate Adjourned

“...Honourable senators, this lack of clarity and confusion will not only hurt many individual Canadian entrepreneurs, it will also harm Canada’s ability to maintain its tax competitiveness — even as the ...”

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck

June 6th
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Youth Indigenize the Senate 2018

“...litical science student at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He is an advocate for indigenizing on entrepreneurship. He is heavily involved in his community campus, including through the Iniskim Cent...”

Hon. Marty Deacon

June 6th
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SHAD Program

“...da. SHAD is an organization you might all like to know about. It is an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneur program, and network, that empowers exceptional high school students at a pivotal point in their secondary education. Each student will have the opportunity to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders, disruptors and change-makers. How does SHAD do this? Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for more than 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend their STEAM-based — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — month-long program. That is 30 days of amazing young people challenging each other, away from home, and truly having the opportunity to take risks and make mistakes while learning. Each student visits a new part of Canada, experiences life at university and even learns how to found a start-up. I have attended SHAD before. It is an academic, leadership and high-energy magical mix. These high school students are in residence in one of your Canada host universities. When finished, these students become part of an impressive SHAD network. I have spoken to students whose academic lives were changed by this experience over 25 years ago. This student network now totals 16,300 students, including 32 Rhodes Scholars, 44 Schulich Leaders, 88 Loran Scholars, as well as prominent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and accomplished professionals. SHAD started 38 years ago. I recall well providing a young student in 1980 with her first letter of support. SHAD is based in my home community of Waterloo, Ontario. SHAD demonstrates care and inclusion for all Canadians, something every senator thinks about. SHAD utilizes funding to underserved communities from coast to coast to coast. They work in Indigenous, rural, remote and inner-city communities, leaving no stone unturned for our young Canadians. They are early in this part of their work, with the goal of this award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program to fully mirror, represent and include all corners of this vast country and...”

Hon. Scott Tannas

June 6th
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Cannabis Bill Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Continued

“...mmittee. I and others believe, and we heard testimony from the largest support group for Indigenous entrepreneurs in cannabis, that 20 per cent should be set aside to allow for meaningful participatio...”

Hon. Gwen Boniface

May 10th
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Georgian College Congratulations on Designation as Changemaker Campus

“Honourable senators, earlier this month, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs has recognized Georgian College as a Changemaker Campus at a ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. This network, Ashoka U, is an organization that promotes social innovation and higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty and community leaders, taking an institutional approach to impact ...”

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals)

April 24th
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World Intellectual Property Day

“...get, a budget billed to promote gender equality, has made strong commitments to encouraging women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, Budget 2018 announced $85.3 million in spending over t...”

Hon. Mary Coyle

March 1st
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Antigonish Movement One Hundredth Anniversary

“...c. In 1928, the university established the Extension Department to carry out the work of the social entrepreneurial priests. With Coady at the helm, the Extension team started people’s schools, study ...”

Hon. Rosa Galvez

February 7th
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Cannabis Bill Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate Continued

“...he development of youth is through increased social awareness, education, satisfying employment and entrepreneurship. [Translation] I read the proposed legislation fully cognizant of the fact that dec...”


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