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even ones as dramatic don't last long. trudeau's daschle be tested by a sizable addition in the house of commons. >> i'm aware of both the opportunity and responsibility that we have to live up to having put forward a strong vision for growth for unity. >> he has to navigate the tpp come the keystone xl pipeline chart a new course on climate change impacts on more refugees by year's end. pledging to do all of that collaboratively. >> actually listening and respecting the 337 other voices that are in the house of commons that were chosen by canadians yesterday. >> there'll be a cabinet named
minister in the cut and thrust of government. then a new cabinet. no word on when the new cabinet will convene. >> thanks very much. he has given himself two weeks to choose his cabinet. we are joined now. what did he say today? >> he gave us that date which is not a lot of time . . as you well know, playing the guessing game of who will be in the cabinet is one of the favorite hobbies here in ottawa. a lot of different people to choose from to try to send a signal about the kind of government he wants to have. >> let's play the guessing game than.
>> let me show you some of the new faces. some of the new people you should keep an eye on, bill blair, former chief of police, melanesia lee would be a strong face from montréal, formerly in the military, head of military. a strong criminal lawyer, touted as someone that could go into the finance portfolio and jody wilson, former regional chief who could do much to bring in the aboriginal profile but there will be other people, much more familiar it's about striking a balance between the new and geographical places where they live.
>> some of the decisions you will have to make before november 4. he said a tax cut would be his 1st piece of legislation. they would see the tax rate cut to 20 percent, a potential savings of up to $670 per year. people earning more than 200,000 would pay 33 percent income tax. thethe age of eligibility for old-age security withstand 65, and there would be a new child benefit for families earning under 200,000 per year, tax-free benefit based on family income that could be as high as 12,000 per year for the lowest income families. taxes were one of many things that were at the top
of the mind for canadians. we asked about the chine -- the kind of changes they would like to see and here are some of their answers throughout the program. >> my name is rebecca, and i live in montréal. i am looking for change in the form of less military aggression overseas and spending on education and supporting families. >> am excited to see a prime minister that will be involved more in the community and looking to doing tax breaks for the middle class. it will be great to see all of that occurring and us being a part of it. >> with change as the theme for the day, what are key changes that we can expect when it comes to canadian foreign policy? one senior correspondent has that for us tonight. this is not a revolution.
>> my friends, sunny ways. >> sunny ways will certainly look and sound different on the world stage, even if most stay the same. >> the liberal party has always understood how important trait is command we will continue to stand for trade and engaging with the world. his readiness to use the military is another story. >> as we have well scene, he has not wanted to get involved. >> once a more peaceable foreign policy and the less ambitious military. after years of debate he says canada should forget it and he would rule out the f3 five as a replacement for canada's old fighters. >> it no longer made sense if it ever did.
>> he would buy something cheaper. he has not said what. then there are the old fighters now bombing isys in a rack. accused harper. he will end canada's bombing mission. when would you support real military action as opposed to just -- >> that is a nonsensical question. >> he understands the commitments are made. >> but he is falling into line on the december climate summit in paris, although he
is vague about that. >> thank you very much. we have that perspective from london. >> the liberal party. >> this hours after he took the stage canada's usual place in the world already seems to be shifting starting with the unusual place in the world headlines. the story, like the man, as laid prominently. the form of the prime
canadians will be watching. here are some of your thoughts on what needs to change. >> i live in ground. tuition is ridiculous. >> my name is sarah come i live in foreign help. >> greater opportunities for families and kids. making it a more inclusive intolerant country. >> they set up for another nailbiter. will his big advantage turn out to be a killing field.
four years he tried to draw attention to what he deemed trudeau's weaknesses. in the end it was harper himself who announced he would step down as leader of the conservative party. catherine: has more. >> just hours after defeat the conservative party is promising rebuke to figure out what went so wrong. there are plenty of suggestions. >> could have used the front bench a little bit more. i think that that would have demonstrated to people that the prime minister has a very strong cabinet and strong caucus. >> the mvp, did it fail? they took there vote. >> stephen harper is putting the blame in just one place.
>> the disappointment is my responsibility and milo. >> there to find an interim leader. >> when the next time comes this part or were -- party will offer canadians a strong and clear alternative based on conservative values. >> walking away from the party. whatever happens next we will inevitably be a shift. good things for homeowners and working people, all of those messages are positive but have to be delivered in a positive way. >> the way the message is delivered will depend on the new leader command whoever
it is will have to be committed. >> affordable care. he will not step down which came as a surprise to some after a night that saw the official opposition diminished to 3rd place and some of the party's most prominent stalwarts deleted. why he may be sticking around. >> capturing memories before boarding the campaign plane one last time trying to move on after a nighta night that saw the party lose dozens of seats across the country. even though it was a close one and he has to accept the new reality. >> i want you to know we work for you each and every day in this new majority parliament. >> even mvp heavyweights foster seat. an mp since 97. the party's deputy leader
and newfoundland jack harris longtime foreign affairs critic lost his auto seat. >> people are just wanting to basically get rid of the prime minister and saw the liberal party is the best way to do that. >> by the end of the night. >> this longtime strategist says they underestimated justin trudeau. >> they were more flashy, more confident. he was more cautious, statesmanlike, serious, and that was probably not a good strategic choice. >> has for his political future. >> he has a good year or more to make up his mind. >> he believes right now the opposition need someone with leadership experience, and lists stephen harper stepping back he wants to be
the strong voice. >> thank you very much. there are a few notable achievements. canadians elected ten aboriginal mps of seven last time. more than 13 percent are visible minorities, less than 10 percent before yesterday. nasa still only 26 percent women. we will see if he delivers on that election promise to ensure women make up half of his cabinet. straight ahead, the secret >> with a positive platform can make happen. >> claiming victory last night amongst the cheers of supporters. thisthis is the honeymoon. things will get more complicated for our knew prime minister. he is still unproven in that role.
to get there he has proven himself to be a dogged campaigner, charismatic, and able to roll with the punches. what was the secret to his success? >> he was born with the trudeau last name, good books, connections. the question is how did he use those? the eyes of a lot of people his a better politician for having done what he did so flawlessly. the city's gay pride parade. launching far from ottawa. most of the liberal winning decisions are on display right here. with candidates waiting into the crowd.
whether political calculation or qualities that come naturally, the approach will serve him well in the 11 weeks to come, including year,, including here, a gift of rolling with whatever amount to have whatever moment a campaign can deliver. >> you get to see what this guy is like. >> if you had any other politician, and i would even include obama in this, topless woman runs up to them and get into a frame and snapshot of themselves, i don't think they would have reacted the same way. he washe was with a topless woman, but he might have been with the toddler or somebody's grandmother. there was no shame.
people can make fun of them all they want to but the fact is it did not bother him at all. >> early on the liberals make a key strategic decision, promising billions in infrastructure spending and running deficits to pay for it. it is the all-important wedge issue. >> we believe the economy needs investment, jobs, and growth. >> one journalist worked with him on his recent memoir and believes that deficit decision was a bold move. >> there was this vanishing sliver of political real estate, and he realized he can either live in this vanishingly small piece of political real estate or breakout and go to the left
on a few key issues.issues. he made a bold statement that he would not be hand in as the party that sat between the ndp and conservatives. >> the gambit to go in and say we will run deficits is from the brand gerald betz. we were at an event in montréal. it was almost like he could not believe his luck. he said this, the ndp should have gone deficit, but they did not because they are still trying to get past the reputation. >> the debates, conservatives openly deride him. one tory spokesman said if he only shows up with pants on he will exceed expectations. >> canadians -- >> and yet he manages to find a voice voters relate to, some describe as a
principled resentment of harper. >> ii think that voters were so eager for someone who was full throated in their criticism of harper and there energy to take him on. it was nervy and aggressive enough. the people who were wavering. this was there guy. >> watching the candidate up close, there is a physicality. while most live in the bubble of the campaign, he dives into the crowd has the fueled by the social interaction. >> he is like an engine, and it never comes to a. but as soon as he found appointed animated him he would jump up and start pacing the runway.
they have an expectation that the feds will deliver to. >> i think you will see a renaissance. it's on the horizon and part of the campaign promise. adam vann campaigned as a longtime urban activist and a commitment to but tens of billions of dollars into practice. >> we are the most urbanized country in the group. >> it's based on issues like transportation that canadian mayors made very hard to ignore. it was unprecedented. they banded together. more affordable hands housing and transit.
hard-to-find commuters in toronto that didn't back that. >> i think anyone who is going to be in power needs to work on public transit. >> there is a demand for more transit. >> in many ways, experts say it was a perfect political storm. cities are having their moment. canada's five largest cities, is 50% of the gdp. >> i hope it's a new era for cities. there is no way we are going to have a strong economic future and build the act second class without the strongest cities we can have. >> he is a world expert on cities. he said metropolitan centers create innovation and growth. as well as helping the suburbs
connected to them. >> that's a new emerging liberal majority, if you will, and i'm making good on that. i i would say it's an investment in the future. it's an investment in the political coalition. it's a much better outlook for canada's economy. us sentiment that echoes back payment that's why some of the cities got taken over because -- >> not everything was being change prior, i think this was the opportunity to take it. it has been almost ten years. i think it's about time people
were ready for that change. i think that vote came in for some time. >> at the right time and the right place. to build on a new construct of the future economy. >> cbc news, toronto. >> here are a few last thoughts from canadians we asked today about what political change means to them. >> my name is hannah, i'm from bc and justin is an optimistic candidate for young people and an optimistic change b mac i would love to see a country with a prime minister that shows more concern for the missing children. >> they were very engaged on an election night. many were watching live election results come in on our website. 6.7 million people checked out them sometime last night on
desktop or mobile. it was the busiest time in and the national program and their election recap. >> the editorial cartoon often captures the moment perfectly. after last night's election result, let's take a look. in the hamilton spectator, this appeared. in the calgary herald they wonder imagine if he had been ready. in the gazette it said just and true
>> i look forward very much to meeting the working group on procurement of steel later this week. it is absolutely critical that we make use of the new rules that were only brought in because this government put them in place to make sure that we cannot only consider financial costs but the wider economic benefit of buying british steel, british projects, and that's exactly what we are going to do. >> hopkins, please speak up.
>> as the honorable member knows, there's no threat to the national house service from making sure that britain has trade deals with the whole world in a way that make us more pros -- prosperous and we will make it happen. >> order, questions to the prime minister. [shouting] >> question, one, mr. speaker. >> in addition to my duties in the house i shall have further such meetings. >> ellen jones. >> i would like to thank the prime minister for that. the government's retail sector discuss funding trading laws a workable compromise that most
people seem satisfied with most of the time. does the prime minister agree with it? >> i don't agree, there's a strong case for change. i think it's a change that we should allow local authorities to decide and that's why we'll be putting the opportunity for that to happen. let me just give the honorable lady in the house two examples of where i don't think the current situation works. you have restrictions on opening hours for many stores. many stores that families would love to shop in, you have to go to the stores and walk around for hours. the second point i would make is that you can shop on sunday, you can shop anywhere on sunday, you can do it on the internet and i think it's time to modernize our approach to give families more choice and to help create jobs at the same time.
[shouting] >> mr. speaker, i have here a question -- [shouting] >> it says this is an apel to help those who no longer have any dignity and self-respect. we call for attempt to tackle the growing urban problem. these words nearly 50 years ago of conservative resinate today. >> i'm very grateful to my honorable friends. when it comes to tackle homelessness we do have the second-night out initiative which is working in london to find work for people but we have
to do more with troubled families to need intervention often with mental health issues and making sure they get all the help they need to deal with the problems they have to make sure they not only have a roof over their head but a livelihood too. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i know the prime minister will welcome my first few questions but we are going to the favorite subject of tax credits. yesterday bench said, i quote, will be affected by credit cuts, something must give, for those call compassionate conservatives it must not be on the backs of working -- >> it's part of a package. a package that includes a higher national living wage and tax
production. that is the right approach for our country. let's make work pay. let's allow people to owe more and make welfare conferreddable. i'm delighted the measure passed the house of commerce in a big majority. [shouting] >> well if the prime minister is keen on tax credit and helping people to work, i have a question from lizette who i quote, a lot of people are setting out their own businesses, self-employed, specially in rural areas where pay is often low, tax credits help them until their business becomes established, so cutting tax credits damages her life opportunities or anyone she might employ, does he not see the value of seeing support to people, trying to improve their
lives rather than trying to cut the ability to survive properly? >> of course, we want to help the self-employed on low incomes people will consider to receive tax credit. cut the national insurance budget. that helps. above all, what we are doing is creating an economy with 2 million more people in work and an economy that is growing, wages that are rising and inflation that's at zero. all the questions come back to the same point, which is how you build a strong security and you don't do it in a mass deficit which is what labour left us with. [shouting] >> this is all very strange
because the prime minister has seem today change his mind on the subject. the prime minister declared on national television shortly before the -- shortly before the general election that tax credits would not be affected. it's already reason why the change has come about and any reason why we should believe the prime minister on any assurance that he gives in relation to tax credit. [shouting] >> what we said before the election is we would reduce welfare by 12 billion pounds as part of getting the deficit down and part of getting the economy growing and part of raising 2 million jobs. that is what happened at the election and we are keeping our promises by delivering the stronger economy. he talked about something strange happening, something quite strange did happen last night. we had a vote on tax credits and the labour party did not turn
up. can you explain that strange outing. >> mr. speaker, if prime minister cannot answer on tax credits, that is -- [shouting] >> thank you. [laughter] >> and the devastation that the cuts are taking on many people's lives, can i ask him to deal with another subject, that is the steel industry. does he appreciate the devastating effects of the government's nonintervention in the steel industry, having on so many people. i have a question he is helping to produce steel in many companies that are exporting it. he wants to know what the prime minister is going to do to support the steel industry and its workers who are now facing
redundancy. [shouting] >> we do want to help the steel industry. we do recognize, i will set out how we will help the steel industry. it is in a very difficult situation. world prices have collapsed by more than half. surplus capacity is more than 50 times the uk output, our plan is to take action in four vital areas, procurement, energy cost and dumping and tax and government support. what have you done so far? let me take one example on procurement, we changed the procurement rules so it was easier to source uk steel, that is why cross rail being completed 26 miles of tunnel, biggest construction anywhere in europe is using almost exclusively british steel. that didn't happen under the last labour government. it does happen now.
[shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. isn't the real problem the government doesn't have an industrial strategy to protect the most important industries that we have in this country if they had, they wouldn't have to have been kicking and screaming to this house three times in the last eight days. thousands of jobs have gone at risk, isn't it time for concrete action today so that there is government intervention, there is support for our industry and we do have a viable industry for the long-term which this country desperately needs to have. [shouting] >> we do want a strong industry, energy costs, we already put 50 million pounds into cutting
energy cuts and our plans will meet hundreds of millions of pounds extra to cut energy cuts. honorable members -- >> order, i apologize for having to interrupt. that statement's like demeanor. calm yourself or take a sedative >> labour party voted to add on energy bill. yes, we do have a strategy, we do have a plan, we should be working across party to deliver that plan. i met with the member of parliament and the neighboring mp's back in november last year to make sure we could take all of the action necessary and across each of these areas, that's exactly what we will do.
>> he met members 11 months ago to discuss the issue and yet to go to the european union to see how british government to protect industry. the final question i want to put to prime minister comes from lui, this is embarrassing to everyone in the house, this country united kingdom is being investigated by the united nations committee on the rights of persons with disability because of allegations of grave and systematic violations of disabled's people lives. this is sad, ib deed, the more sad news that we need to be investigated because of violation occurred. would the prime minister publish in full the government response to inquiry so they are given opportunity in our society? >> first of all, let me take the
honorable gentleman on the point he made in europe. we have been doing this for months to make sure we have proper action in the european union and taken the cases to the the european commission. on the issue of helping disabled people in our country, tens of thousands people get into work because of legislation passed by previous conservative government. we have the strongest anywhere in the world, of course, i will look at any united nations' investigation, sometimes when you look at investigations you find that are not necessary or that they are to be. there many disaibled people in the world who do not have the right or support that they get here in britain. we should be proud as we -- [shouting]
>> andrea jenkins. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the school reopened this september as successful and continues to grow from strength to strength, what is my friend doing to ensure that have access to great education and no school is left behind? [shouting] >> i thank my honorable friend for that question. she makes an important point, which is in school after school in our country, often in some quite challenges neighborhoods we are seeing inspirational head teachers using tools and driving down standards and measureing by and i've been to schools myself where i seen 10-20, 30 points
improvement on schools in city areas now doing better in many schools and it shows you can have real opportunity in our country. [shouting] >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. information has recently been released that corner has found that a 60-year-old father of two committed suicide following his work capability assessment. the corner warned there was a risk of further deaths. that occurred after benefits were withdrawn or reduced. but the so far refuse today published what it has learned. will the prime minister publish the findings? [shouting] >> i am aware of the case.
it wouldn't be appropriate to discuss details of cases. suicide is a complex issue. i'll look very carefully, specifically question he asked about publication, we have changed the work capability assessment to lead to significant improvement following a number of independent reviews to make sure people get the support they need and i think that's vitally important. >> thank you, mr. speaker, under the prime minister's plan to cut tax credits a couple with two children living in a house who both earn just above minimum wage stand to lose about 2,000 pounds. equivalent to income tax staggering 90%. does the prime minister have the idea about the human plot about his plan? >> the point i would make is this if the couple are seeing cut in the social rent because of the plan that in the budget.
if that couple had children they'll have support in terms of child care. that couple working for a small business they will have allowance. if they're earning 7 pounds an hour and working a full-time working week they will see a huge benefit as we increase the income tax allow answer to 12 and a half thousand pounds. they would almost be paying no income tax at all. what we are doing is introducing higher pay, lower taxes and that is the way to better family finances and a stronger economy. [shouting] >> given the increasing violence in israel and the occupied territories, will my right honorable friend wish the united nations well on visit to jer are
you -- jerusalem. >> but i think we've all seen on our television screens murders, knife stabbings of entirely innocent people of jerusalem and israel. two-state solution. >> thank you, mr. speaker. has written and i meet people every week that rely on food banks to feed the family. does the prime minister know how many families would result and
does he care? >> the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is down 20 ter in the -- 20% in the last year and the long-term, long-term youth unemployment has fall nn the last year by 38%. that is what is happening. i don't want anyone in our country to rely on food banks, but the right answer is the growing economy, creating jobs, higher wages and national living wage, that's how to help british families. [shouting] >> key to getting higher wages and improving export drive is tackling cuts that exist between ourselves and european partners and does he think that actually gets providing more skills for manufacturing engineering sectors is essential to that and will help us deliver that mission?
>> my honorable is absolutely right, we have excellent record on employment with record numbers in work. we now need to see the productivity improvements that will make sure we see real and sustained increases in living standards and part of that is increasing skills of population. that's why the school reform, and also the apprentices that we target is vital. >> hard-working decent people and forgotten community of melton, poverty in astonishing -- [inaudible] >> but i think we have the answer to that. so i will simply ask if he can
also guaranty that no child in will be washed off a year from now. >> the point i make to the honorable lady is those figures are 20 years of the great tax credit excerpt, and what we saw was increase in tax credits and increase in poverty. we say it is time for a new approach, higher pay, more jobs, lower taxes, if we look at her constituency, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in her constituency is down 43%. i say let's give people the chance of a job, of a salary, of a decent wage and lower taxes. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker, given military expansion and north
korea of launch ballistic missile that can strike the west, can the prime minister agree with me that this is no time to -- [shouting] >> i think my honorable friend is absolutely right. it's right to maintain nuclear to terrorists and anyone who has doubt to it, only has to look at the dangerous and uncertainty in the world. frankly, i think it's very disappointing for this country that for so long we had a consensus across party that the it was right for britain and now we have a leader of the opposition who is campaigning cnd. today celebrating the bill back to the future and i'm not surprise that many people behind him should go back to 1985 and stay there. [shouting] >> i am very grateful, mr. speaker.
this morning i've been contacted by john who is a doctor in new castle, how much longer is going to continue support when the health service has no confidence in him? [shouting] >> i support because i think he's doing the right thing by increasing 10 billion pounds across parliament. let me speak directly to the junior doctors that he represents. the plan that is we have are not for increasing junior doctor hours, they are not cutting junior doctor pays, not even to make savings the junior doctors receive, it's about making sure the health service works better for doctors but above all for patients. it's part of delivering seven 7-day nhs.
[shouting] >> may i tell the prime minister on some day i met parents from the school in my constituency regarding the huge increase in the birthrate and need to expand schools in london. there's a crisis taking place at the moment, will the government ensure that there is resources for borrowers and members of the local council to discus the very serious issues? >> we are going to spend 7 billion pounds in the new parliament on new school places, look very carefully to see what is happening in london. there are pressures in our system, our birthrate is going up and is replacing our population whereas the birthplace like germany is not. so we don't need the wide scale
immigration that we have been having and make sure the numbers are under control. [shouting] >> what plans in place to ensure the interest of all nations are taken into account and in forthcoming for you to being -- [inaudible] >> what plans that both nations are represented in negotiation discussions before the summit in november? >> my friend met recently with to discuss the issue of europe. what i would say to the honorable gentleman, scottland voted to stay in the united kingdom. [shouting] >> and agreement said that we should respect the decision the scottish people made and we had a united kingdom general election where united kingdom
referendum, signing a 2 billion-pound deal that's going to provide thousands of jobs. [shouting] >> i recently visited the british training union in canada -- >> order, order. let's calm themselves. the honorable lady is going to ask the first prime minister question, that question will be heard in full. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker, i visit it had british army training in canada, many of brave men and women undergoing advanced training including my constituents, my of them support this government's commitment to spending the nato target on
protecting british's england, can prime minister explain to enable people wallace to do his job properly? >> first of all, let me thank major wallace for the work that he does, the 2% makes sure that those who join the forces in the year know that they will be have equipment and technology at their fingertips. that's a really important to build forces. >> patricia gibson. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [inaudible] >> how will the prime minister to explore alternative uses which are suitable of wide range
and liquid products and offshore decommissioning? >> the honorable lady is right, we work closely in government because enormous amount of key of infrastructure of land that they own. i will look carefully with the secretary of state to see if there's more we can do in this instance. [shouting] >> does my honorable friend share my concern that if the other tax credits, this would be a privilege of the house, a privilege -- [shouting] >> and does he further share my concerns that this would entitle him to review the decisions of
-- [inaudible] [shouting] >> i think my honorable friend makes an important point. knowledge of history is clearly better than mine. i thought the key was 1980 parliament act. clearly under the act the issues of finance are decided in this house. [shouting] >> this house has now decided twice in favor of the measure, once when voting on the statute, a gain last night in by the opposition and i think the house should listen to that very carefully and recognize that it was this house to make financial decisions, the other house to revise other legislation. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. my constituents is working mother and she's worried. she has national living wage if
the government changes tax credit. what does the prime minister have to say to ester? >> if ester has children we will help with child care, tax relief on child care. so in all those ways, i would say to ester and everybody else, this is a package, we want to see higher pay, lower taxes and reform welfare and the biggest damage to ester and all those in that situation, the biggest damage would be to return to labour's high-taxes, high-spending, breaking our economy. [shouting]
violence. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on the 16th of september that prime minister told this house he would do everything he could to keep -- he failed. now we learn 30 million pounds of the support package the government promised to retaining the generation is not only going towards redundancy of those lost their job but i have an e-mail from the northern powerhouse ministers that says it will also be used to pay for the final salaries of those who lost their jobs in the last month. i'd like to ask the prime minister how much more injustice does he think that people can and/or? [shouting] >> we will do everything we can help including the financial package that she set outcome making sure we help people with retraining and with new opportunities, making sure we help bring new industries to the area. but let me tell her what we
can't do. we can't end a subset the world price of steel. we can't overcome the fact that the ssi plan has lost six of million pounds in this parliament. those are the facts and those are the facts that those officer frankly have got to engage with. >> in answer to my question yesterday regarding our eu renegotiation, the foreign secretary confirmed there was little or no prospect of this parliament alone being able to say no to any unwanted eu directive tax regulation to connect ask prime minister to try to put that right? >> what we've said is we want to see a system of red card on new eu regulations and that is for national parliaments to work together to deliver the. that is only one of the things we want to change in our relationship with europe. getting britain out is not simply a simple common be taken into account in all future jurisprudence when european
court of justice is considering whether to go ahead with the measure. in the end on will members including my honorable friend will have to choose about whether to stay in europe on and amid the basis for whether to leave but i'm determined deliver the strongest possible renegotiation addressing the concerns of the british people so that we have a proper choice. >> thank you, mr. speaker. does that prime minister make clear to the chinese president the urgent need to stop the chinese steel dumping? if so what was the response and fully meet once again within three is to for the commission to support steelmaking? >> i'm glad the honorable member without the summit on friday. i met with impac him back in no. always happy to meet again with the neighboring mps. when i am finished i'm going straight to number 10 for several hours of talks with the chinese president and at every opportunity talk about this issue. i begin those discussions last night where i think the chinese
to recognize that they've got huge overcapacity in their own steel industry and that's an issue they have to address as well let me say i don't want to make -- i don't want to make promises i can't keep. we can't set the steel price here in this house. wwe can get the steel price here in this house and we can't go beyond the sorts of steps i've talked about on procurement, on energy com, on industrial suppo. but let me just remind members opposite. they might like to remember something of their own record. under labour steel production half. under labour employment in steel half. under this prime minister steele employment level of state at the same level. before we get a self-righteous lecture from the party opposite to catch her own record. [shouting] -- look at your own record.
[shouting] >> i'd like to thank those cheers to the prime minister on the debate. would he agree one of the reasons why some -- [inaudible] is because wholesale and electricity prices in this country are twice the level of germany? one of the reasons for that is the former labour party leader's -- [shouting] -- impose a large number, would he agree that a green tax a significant and -- >> order, order. we don't need to waste prime ministers. nothing to do with policy. mr. williams. >> order, order. nothing to do with current government policy. mr. williams. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. thousands of people now have --
but has the system failed? many were misled that this was a government scheme now find -- and insufficient will the prime minister take it personal trip to ensure all disabled people in particular are fully compensated unless further -- [inaudible] spend i'll look very carefully at that issue because actually goes to a larger point which is that the obligations we put on energy companies to lead to higher prices and this goes directly to the point that my honorable friend was quite rightly trying to ask. and even last week the labour party in the house of lords was going to put up energy prices. that impact steel users so they ought to start trying to do same thing and the house of lords as in the house of commons. >> order. we come now i believe to --
welcome we were going to come to the -- >> we will be the british house of commons as members move on to other business. you've been watching prime minister's question time aired when parliament is in session get a quick reminder you can see this week's session taken sunday nights at nine eastern and pacific on c-span. for more information go to c-span.org and click on series to the of the program we've ever from the british house of commons since october 1989. we invite your comments about prime minister's questions via twitter using hashtag pmqs. >> yesterday following a meeting with the house republican caucus, congressman paul ryan said he would be willing to run for house speaker under certain conditions, including new world making it more difficult to unseat a speaker in the middle of the congressional term. he held a short press briefing
were discussed the speaker's election. >> tonight i should with my colleagues what i think it will take to the unified conference and for the next week or to be successful. basically i made a few requests for what i think is necessary and ask my colleagues here back from them by the end of the week. first, we need to move from an opposition party to being a proposition party. because we think the nation is on the wrong path we have a duty to show the right one. our next speaker has to be a visionary one. second, we need to update our house rules so that everyone can be a more effective representative. this is after all the people's house but we need to do this as a team enemies to include fixes
that issue we did not experience constant leadership challenges and crises. third, we as a conference should unify now and not after a divisive speaker election. and the last point, last point is personal. i cannot and will not give up my family time. i may not be on the road as often as previous speakers but i pledge to cut to make up for it with more time communicating our vision, our message. what i told members is if you can agree to these requests and if i can truly be a unifying figure, then i will gladly serve. and if i'm not unifying, that wilwould be fine as with the otr happy to stay where i am at the ways and means committee. here is how i see it. it is our duty to serve the people the way they deserve to
be served. it is our duty to make the tough decisions this country needs to get our nation back on track at the challenges we face today are too difficult and too demanding to turn our backs and walk away. global terror, war on multiple fronts, government grown unaccountable, unconstitutional, out of touch. persistent poverty, a sluggish economy, flat wages, a skyrocketing debt. but we cannot take on these challenges alone. now more than ever we must work together. all of us are representatives of the people, all people. we have been ingested by them to lead, and yet the people we serve do not view we're delivering on the job that they hired us to do. we have become the problem.
if my colleagues and trust me to be the speaker, i want this to become the solution. one thing i've learned from a upbringing is that nothing is ever solved by blaming people. we can blame the president. we can blame the media, and that's kind of fun sometimes. we can point fingers across the aisle. we complained each other and we can discuss our critics and criticism as unfair. people don't care about blame. people don't care about effort. people care about results. results that are measurable, results that are meaningful, results that make a difference in their daily lives. of want to be clear about this but i think we are still an exceptional country with exceptional people and the republic clearly worth fighting for. the american idea, it's not too late to save, but we are running out of time.
and make no mistake. i believe that the ideas and principles of results driven commonsense conservatism are the keys to a better tomorrow. it tomorrow at which all of god's children would be better off than they are today. the idea that the role of the federal government is not to facilitate dependency, but great environment of opportunity for everyone. the idea that government should do less and do it better. the ideas that those who serve should say what they mean and mean what they say. the principle that we should all determine the course of our own lives instead of ceding that right to those who think they are better than the rest of us. yes, we will stand and we will fight when we must, and shortly this presidency will require that. a commitment to natural rights, a commitment to common sense, to
compassion, to cooperation. wind rooted in general conviction and principle is a commitment to conservatism. let me close by saying i consider to do this with reluctance. and i mean that in the most personal of ways. like many of you, general and i chilled for informative foundation leaders of their lives. i genuinely worry about the consequences that may bring to struggle have on them. will they experienced the viciousness and incivility that we all face you on a daily basis? my greatest worry, my greatest weakness a consequence of not stepping up, of someday having my own kids asking when the stakes were so high, why didn't you do all you could do? why didn't you stand and fight for my future when you had a chance to do so? none of us want to do that
question and none of us should ever have to. i have shown my colleagues what i think success looks like or what i think it takes unify and leave a comment my family commitments come first. i have left this decision in the hands, and should they agree with these requests, and i'm happy and i'm willing to get to work. thank you. chapter. >> -- chad. [inaudible] >> that is. this is not a job i've ever water, i ever saw. i'm in the job i've always wanted in congress. i came to the conclusion this is a very dire moment of matches for congress, not just for the republican party before country. i think our country is in desperate need of leadership.
[inaudible] >> what assurances do you have you will not be the next and speak with i led out for our conference what i think it takes unify this conference, what it takes of a successful bigger ship, it's in the hands and i will leave it up to my college to decide if i am not unifying person. [inaudible] >> that's what we always do. [inaudible] >> i laid it out today with our conference about all the various groups having the endorsement and been unified under in pashtun unifying candidate. that's got be something done by the conference as a whole. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> here's some of the what we're covered on c-span3 this morning.
>> to be honest i was a lot younger i was sort of the traveling person. i wasn't in a senior role. and also, when you're traveling all the time i got into the people that traveled with her. i felt i got to her party will because she come back into play and talk to us. what does the same time i did have the same sort of sources as the campaign and i love people
that i have no. and for that the function being at the time for being a function of just being more a senior role. >> sunday night at eight eastern and pacific on c-span's q&a. >> at columbia university task force report outlines iraqi kurds progress towards creating an independent state the report's authors talked about what economic and security improvements need to be made by those hoping to gain independence for kurdistan. this is one hour. >> thank you for coming. my name is jonathan landy, i'm senior national security and intelligence correspondent for mcclatchy newspapers for another week and a half. and again thank you for coming. to the release of this new report sets out a recommended pathway for the kurdistan regional government to take do o what many believe is inevitable independence from iraq, for a
rocky kurdistan. the full report is on the way. i think you guys have got the executive summary. the report was prepared by task force organized by the program on peace building and rights of columbia university's institute for the study of human rights. the task force chair, to my immediate right, his ambassador nancy soderberg. per foreign policy resume extensive. it includes serving as the third highest ranking official on president bill clinton's national security council and then as an alternate u.s. delegate to the united nations. she served as a foreign policy advisor to a number of democratic presidential campaigns into the late massachusetts senator edward kennedy. to nancy's right is david phillips, full disclosure, david and i are old friends. we go back to the worst in the balkans. he has extensive express in the balkans, middle east and south
asia and conflict resolution and human rights advocacy. david is a director of the program on peace building and rights, and he launches his report urges work as an advisor to united nations and the state department and is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy. no matter how you feel about the question of the iraqi kurds long quest for independence, this report couldn't be more timely given the tragic upheavals convulsing the northeast and in particular iraq, syria and trade with her large curtis populations. -- kurdish. at least what i see it's hard to argue with the reports essential premise, or one of the essential premise is complicated the middle east is no more. iraq and syria are partitioned and it's all but impossible to see how they can be put back together again. more than half a million people
-- sorry, more than half of syria pipe with an upward and some for million already geez. i was there twice last year and saw entire towns utterly destroyed and depopulated, and i've no idea how that's ever going to be rebuilt so that people can live there again. i was also in iraq, the country is awash in millions of internally displaced and refugees many house at crippling expense by the krg while the peshmerga with u.s. support is driven back isis. the iraqi army and shiite militias have killed to liberate anbar province and there appears little chance that most of would be recovered anytime soon. pacific of the -- mosul it's financially strapped and driven by ethnic and sectarian hatreds and corruption. meanwhile, turkey is now facing series of political instability with the resumption of the war between the pkk in the government. one of the only cohesive
political units that have continued functioning in this upheaval is iraqi kurdistan the people of europe for decades for independence and its leaders have vowed to give it to them despite opposition from baghdad and the chief ally the united states. however, they face serious daunting, political, economic and security challenges, hurdles, and delivering on that promise. this report is the issue today charged the difficult and challenging course to that goal. i went out to over to nancy and david and then we will take questions. there's a microphone there at the site. i would ask you to please identify yourself when you to ask questions. >> thank you very much, jonathan, for joining us, and also for your long work in these war zones where we all crisscross over the uzbek it's wonderful to see some old friends here and appreciate all of you coming out with on short notice.
we are very delighted you're here. i want to first say thanks to david phillips to my right, without whom this project would not have occurred. david has spent decades analyzing the kurdish issues and i was delighted when he conceived of this task force and asked me to share it but i also want to thank columbia university and his program on peace building and human rights at columbia university's institute for the study of human rights. it's been a wonderful host and provide a lot of support to the project, so thank you for that. i also want to thank the task force members, which included former u.s. officials, u.s. and european scholars and activists, who have many decades of experience in kurdish affairs. we met regularly since april of this year to discuss strategies, methodologies, findings and our recommendations.
a number of us visited the region including irbil and ankara. and want to thank all the members for their participation and expertise and time. delighted to welcome brendan o'leary who's been an invaluable member of the task force, and he's the most knowledgeable on constitutional issues and legal issues in the region. so thank you for your contributions. we also a contributor christina who has been a key interlocutor on these issues. so thank you for coming. i would be remiss and she will hate me for doing this if i didn't thank -- i've been hussein who provided invaluable support or so thank you. for those of you who would like us to million copies of the actual pretty looking loss report, there's a sign up sheet out on the cookie tray and will be happy to e-mail you a copy if
you'd like that. so we're delighted to review the recommendation i'll talk briefly, table talk briefly and we will answer some questions, and would end promptly at 1:00. as jonathan mentioned this region is one in crisis. using the collapse of the iraqis taken the brutal sweep of crisis for the region, the civil war in syria, a flood of 4 million refugees and another 6 million displaced in syria, have for the country has moved. the latest move by russians has upped the ante propping up the assad regime and increasing the carnage. these are all consumed policymakers on both sides of the atlantic and in the region. in our view these events should be a wakeup call for u.s. policymakers and international policymakers that the current course is failing. ideas is gradually shifting from
some of its policies in recognition of this fact and in the midst of this chaos we want to highlight a critical and all too often overlooked element. a steady march towards independence of iraqi kurds. we recognize this as part of a larger puzzle but want to focus on just this one under and allies and underappreciated fact in the hopes it will spur further thinking and capitals and further analysis of the kurdish question going forward. iraqi could urge, baghdad and international community have to make some very tough decisions. but with respect to iraqi kurdistan march towards independence, if it's done correctly the march and the emergence of an independent democratic prosperous and stable iraqi kurdistan is a win-win for the region. advancing the interests of the kurds, iraq, the region and the broader international community.
i will summarize the key findings into three broad areas and then turn it over to david. i'll talk about the need for the international community to work with and not against iraqi kurds independence. the need for the international community to build a more unified effort to combat isis, and lastly the need for the international committee to help the kurds address the overwhelming refugee crises. now first our recommendations for the national committee to stop blocking the iraqi kurds marched towards independence. if you look back, iraqi kurds have been building a de facto independent state since 1991. and over the 12 years since the 2003 u.s.-led invasion of iraq, the iraqi kurds have sought to work with the central government in baghdad through the last 12 years. but with iraq's collapse in baghdad obstructionism, they
will no longer do so. during the negotiations on the 2005 constitution, the kurds made a gift remain in iraq if iraq were truly a federal, democratic and decentralized. such in iraq does not exist. and in july of last year the kurdistan regional government announced plans for a referendum on independence which will set the stage or a declaration of independence. and the krg, the kurdistan regional government, understand it must not act crudely or impose elite, and understands it must not do so lest it invite conflict with iraq, syria, turkey and iran. we do not yet know how and when iraqi kurdistan will seek independence but it is not in the interest of the international community to block the legitimate aspirations of the kurds were self
determination. rather we are argued that the national committee should work with the regional kurdistan regional government with baghdad and concerned countries to ensure the process is consultative, democratic am responsible and stable. certainly iraqi kurds marched towards independence even with careful consideration risk destabilizing neighboring countries with kurdish populations. on the international committee as will will face challenges as iraqi kurds consolidate their state. we lay out a few recommendations in the report acknowledges highlight a few of them. first, our recommendation to the iraqi government is that iraq must resolve its outstanding territorial issues. in accordance with article 140 of the iraqi constitution we recommended holds a referendum on the status of the or cook and other disputed areas -- kirkuk.
if the government of iraq is unwilling or unable to do so, we recommend that the kurdistan regional government conduct a referendum with strong international assistance and monitoring. our recommendations to the kurdistan regional government's are as follows. first, reassured turkey in the van that the krg harbors no plan for a greater kurdistan incorporating parts of turkey, syria or iran. second, request monitoring by the international committee should there be a referendum interdependence, and work to ensure that iraq's neighboring states and international community are kept fully informed of the process. third, develop special power-sharing arrangement or kirkuk and other territories should they vote for independence following a referendum. and engaged