April 14, 2016

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-04-14 11:22 [p.2216]

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the hon. member on his election in October.

We, too, feel the pain of the energy sector, like he does in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Saskatchewan and Alberta. However, as we all know, as he stands in the House today expecting a deficit budget provincially in Newfoundland, we, too, expected a deficit budget here on March 22. Unfortunately, we expected a $10-billion deficit, but what we were dealt with was a $30-billion deficit, three times as much. We are really concerned about this.

The hon. member talked about seniors and OAS. Well, they are only getting pennies more. The Liberals took away the TFSA from seniors. It is still there, but we had increased it.

The other thing the Liberals have taken away, and which I have heard time and time again in my riding in Saskatoon, is that seniors now are going to pay more because the Liberals took away income splitting.

I ask the member from Newfoundland, what does he think that seniors have gained in this budget that the Liberals proposed on March 22?

Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon—Grasswood)
2016-04-14 16:53 [p.2267]

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Newmarket—Aurora made several references to the heritage budget that would increase by $1.9 billion in the next five years or so. We should remind members of the House that the CBC, a public institution, would get $675 million over this term, starting this year with $75 million.

However, I should also say that, while encouraging our kids to sit on the couch and watch television, the Liberals would do away with the sports tax credit and the arts tax credit, a part of heritage in this country where families coast to coast to coast could put their kids into dance or music. For heaven’s sake, in sports, families could try two or three options instead of just one during the year.

My question for the hon. member is this. You have talked about what you would do in the heritage file, $1.9 billion. However, on this side of the House we are hearing the other as families are disturbed that these two very basic institutions that we have had over the years when we were on that side of the House would be now vaporized with this budget.

The full debate can be found online at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8187813