MASSE IN THE HOUSE: On Border Infrastructure
September 28th, 2011 - 7:27pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we need investments urgently to reduce congestion and avoid further thickening of our border. Our prosperity and our economy depend on this, things like a modern rail tunnel, improved nexus, and border infrastructure that will reduce wait times.
The Prime Minister's our guidelines say that Treasury Board should:
....provide oversight of the government's financial management and spending.
Can the President of the Treasury Board explain why money was siphoned from important border infrastructure projects to get himself re-elected? Why is he more important?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, this government has made unprecedented financial commitments to support border infrastructure, nowhere more anywhere in Canada than in Windsor, Ontario where the government has a strong partnership with the provincial government, a strong partnership with the state of Michigan and the Obama administration in Washington.
We are working tremendously hard to ensure that trade can flow better across that border. What we need is for New Democrats to stand in their place and say that they support free trade, that they support free trade with the United States, and that they support NAFTA.
Will the member opposite do that?