Made in Canada

House of Commons

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages tried to blame the gift shop, the Speaker’s office and even the Board of Internal Economy for the made-in-China Canadian flag pins fiasco.

It turns out that the heritage department had a contract for over $200,000 worth of flags and pennants with a numbered company that imported 374 kilos of flag pins from China.

With thousands of manufacturing workers out of work right here at home, why is the heritage department buying this Canadian symbol from China?

Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as indicated yesterday I think the NDP members are somewhat confused on this issue.

As the House knows the decisions to purchase these items are made through the Board of Internal Economy. The items are available here at the gift shop.

The NDP is a member of that specific committee related to internal economy and certainly it has never raised that to the best of my knowledge or to anyone on this side of the House.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary secretary is dead wrong.

We have the contract. We are talking about the heritage minister’s department that purchased and distributed these made-in-China pins. This is a Canadian flag pin. It was a Canadian invention made by Canadian companies. Under the Conservatives this Canadian symbol purchased by the government is now made in China.

Will government stop blaming others and get these pins made in Canada?