MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questions Minister of Industry on Cuts to Regional Development Agencies

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the manufacturing crisis is far from over. Just as the economy is starting to get back on its feet, Conservatives are cutting the legs from underneath workers. While they hand out massive tax cuts to their CEO friends, they are turning their backs on everyone else in Canada.
Why at this tenuous time is the government cutting funding to Industry Canada's Regional Development Agencies that help Canadians in high unemployment areas. Why another attack on workers? Is it just because the Conservatives have to do it out of ideology?

Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I do not know what the hon. member is talking about. He does not know what he is talking about. I know my file, actually.
The hon. member seems to know a lot about rural Ontario. This is the same week that he is increasing the pressure on their members for the long gun registry and talking about forcing judges to be bilingual.
That hon. member knows nothing about rural Ontario. That hon. member wants to tax rural Ontario and rural Canada into oblivion. We will not do that.