OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)
Monday, December 3, 2012
Speaker: The Honourable Andrew Scheer
Persons with Disabilities
Ms. Manon Perreault (Montcalm, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We represent 15% of the Canadian population.
In 2010, the government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The agreement stated that it was necessary to submit a report in April 2012 on the government’s efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Eight months later, the Conservatives have not fulfilled their obligations.
Where is the report? When will it be tabled? And then I hope to have a real answer.
Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resource Development, CPC):
Mr. President, no other government has done as much to help people with disabilities.
For example, we introduced the RDSP to help families prepare for the future. We also asked for a report, I expect very soon, to help people with disabilities enter the labor market in Canada.
We want to help these people, we’re doing that and we want the support of the NDP.
Mr. Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, let us look at their record instead. Conservatives have refused to adequately fund the public service disability insurance plan and they used the enabling accessibility fund almost exclusively for Conservative ridings, refusing other worthy projects.
On this International Day for Persons with Disabilities, it is clear Conservatives have failed to support Canadians with disabilities. When will the government keep its international promises and get behind fair and balanced programs?
Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, we have been doing exactly that and at every single step of the way the NDP has opposed that action. It has opposed the working income tax benefit. It opposed the enabling accessibility fund that has benefited over 800 new projects that have increased accessibility for all persons within Canada. It even opposed the opportunities fund, which helps Canadians with disabilities prepare for the workplace, to get out there and become more self-reliant and independent.