MASSE IN THE HOUSE: On CBSA and Service Canada Job Cuts

  On CBSA and Service Canada Job Cuts

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government has its priorities backward. It claims to be worried about crime, but it is cutting back the Canada Border Service Agency in Windsor itself, one of the busiest border crossings and a favourite route for gun and drug smugglers to go through.

    How can this be about saving money when the government diverts millions of dollars of border money and infrastructure money into a G8 slush fund?

    When will the Conservative see reason, put public safety first and rescind these cuts and put Canadians' interests in front of their own interests forward.

    Ms. Candice Hoeppner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the Canadian people have given this government a strong mandate to keep our streets safe, and that includes our borders. We are doing that by investing, we are doing that by ensuring that criminals receive minimum times for the crimes they commit.

    We ask the NDP to get on board and support our crime measures, which includes protecting our borders.

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Canadian voters did not give the Conservatives a mandate to cut off the front line services that protect our streets every single day.

    They are also slashing 73 Service Canada jobs in Windsor alone. These folks process employment insurance requests from across the country and just won a national service award.

    How does the Conservative member reward them? He actually gave them a pink slip and showed them the door. It is unacceptable.

    What we have right now is money in the millions for consultants, pet projects and joyrides in jets, but cutbacks for those who help the unemployed. It is unacceptable and it has to be reversed.

    Ms. Kellie Leitch (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Canadians gave our government a strong mandate to complete Canada's economic recovery and return to balanced budgets. Improving the way we deliver EI services to Canadians by modernizing is one way in which we will accomplish that goal. There are no Service Canada offices closing and no impact on in-person services offered. At this time, it is premature to speculate on any specific impacts to any employees.

    Our government is committed to effective and efficient use of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.