Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says the Conservative government is once again trying to change the channel with an empty motion on jobs and the economy.
“All summer long Stephen Harper claimed he needed to prorogue Parliament to draft a Throne Speech which would reveal his plan for the two years. Not only was their speech empty, they’re now refusing to allow parliamentarians to debate it,” said Mr. Mulcair. “Instead, they’ve tabled a so-called motion on the economy which does nothing to create good jobs nothing to help middle class families.”
Mulcair has tabled an amendment to make the motion more substantial and to allow for a real debate on the economy.
The amendment reads:
“That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after ‘job creation and:’ and replacing them with:
(b) condemn the Conservatives’ economic record, which has resulted in over 1.3 million unemployed Canadians, drastic cuts to Employment Insurance, growing inequality and the downloading of billions of dollars of costs to individuals and other levels of government; and
(c) call on the government to introduce a real plan to create high-quality jobs and combat stagnating wages, provide tax incentives targeted to hire young Canadians, improve retirement security through increased CPP/QPP benefits, and reduce credit card fees charged to small businesses and Canadian families.”