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View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Speaker, the Canada-U.S. border agreement includes an exemption for Campobello. Residents of this New Brunswick island must drive through the state of Maine to re-enter Canada for essential reasons.
On April 9, Ottawa decided that islanders must comply with its new registry, ArriveCAN, each time they drove on and off the island or risk fines. This means the responsible minister wants to know whenever islanders go to and from work, buy groceries or fuel, go see a doctor or comply with child custody arrangements.
However, New Brunswick already collects this health and travel data. Ottawa's work is redundant. Campobello should be exempt from ArriveCAN given its unique situation.
Canada is in a troubling third wave because of Ottawa's incompetence securing vaccines. From April 4 to 16, 120 international flights with COVID-positive passengers arrived in Canada. Leave Campobello alone. The provincial government has it covered. Ottawa should instead do its job.
View Emmanuel Dubourg Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Emmanuel Dubourg Profile
2021-04-21 14:12 [p.5908]
Mr. Speaker, today I want to talk about how religious leaders are helping to fight COVID-19 in Montreal North, in the riding of Bourassa.
Thirty or so religious leaders, including pastors, imams, priests and a Buddhist monk, participated in a virtual meeting that I had the honour of organizing. These leaders were joined by experts such as Montreal's regional director of public health; Senator Mégie; Mr. Boisrond, a sociologist; medical associations serving the Haitian community; and officials from the Montreal Island North health and social services centre, the CIUSSS.
In order to foster positive attitudes toward vaccination among members of religious communities, they suggested a communications campaign to counter misunderstandings and misinformation about the vaccine. Many expressed an interest in having the CIUSSS set up temporary vaccination clinics in their places of worship. I applaud the religious leaders who participated in the meeting for their dedication and involvement.
View Colin Carrie Profile
CPC (ON)
View Colin Carrie Profile
2021-04-21 14:13 [p.5908]
Mr. Speaker, improving access to mental health care is essential for all Canadians, now more than ever, especially for our youth.
Right behind me is Simcoe Street United Church, home of the Back Door Mission. Since COVID, those seeking help are younger than ever, as young as 15 years old, and almost all are struggling with mental health issues. Clarence Keesman, head of The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre, said that this week they lost another of their beloved youth. That brings the total deaths to five since last fall.
My daughter Grace, like too many young women, has seen the prolonged COVID shutdowns play havoc on her mental and physical health, jeopardizing her education and healthy future. She asks, “For young people is the cure worse than the disease?”
I am very thankful to the Oshawa organizations that are working every day to help these young people, but they cannot do it alone. Access to mental health care must be a priority. Let us set aside the politics of division and recognize our common humanity. Let us stand together and improve access to mental health care for all Canadians.
View David McGuinty Profile
Lib. (ON)
View David McGuinty Profile
2021-04-21 14:14 [p.5908]
Mr. Speaker, it is a real privilege for me to thank essential workers in my riding and across Canada.
Essential workers bravely go to work every day in these very challenging times. I thank our Canadian Armed Forces, first responders, day care workers, teachers and school staff, grocery store clerks, pharmacists and their staff, automotive technicians, truckers, municipal workers, bus drivers, waste collection employees, taxi and ride-share drivers, pilots, warehouse workers, delivery drivers, veterinarians, farm workers, food processing plant workers, security guards, pharmaceutical manufacturing workers, restaurant employees preparing takeout, HVAC technicians, plumbers, electricians, roofers, contractors and so many more.
We will never forget the sacrifices that all our essential workers are making, and I thank them on behalf of all our neighbours.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-04-21 14:24 [p.5910]
Fifty-eight per cent capacity, Mr. Speaker: that is what the Public Health Agency of Canada says the vaccine rollout is operating at because we do not have the supply to do more. It was operating at close to zero when the third wave started building in January and February.
Why does the Prime Minister think that 58% is good enough for Canadians?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-04-21 14:25 [p.5911]
Mr. Speaker, we are working closely with the provinces and territories to support them in their responsibility of administering vaccines. We have sent more than 13.6 million vaccines to the provinces and territories, with millions more arriving in the weeks and months to come. We know that in the month of May there are at least two million Pfizer vaccines and more others coming in every single week. In the month of June, there will be tens of millions coming in. That is why it is important that the provinces be ready, as they are, for the ramp-up as we move forward on getting everybody vaccinated.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-04-21 14:26 [p.5911]
Mr. Speaker, more will be coming when the countries that had a plan are finished vaccinating their populations.
We are in a race against variants in this third wave, and we are losing because we did not have the vaccines needed in January and in February. In fact, we still do not. However, the Prime Minister is now not even restricting flights from COVID hot spots to stop the entry of new dangerous variants.
The Prime Minister failed at the border last year. Why is he failing again?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-04-21 14:26 [p.5911]
Mr. Speaker, as I said, we have delivered more than 13.6 million doses of vaccines to provinces and territories. We actually passed, by about 50%, our target of delivering six million vaccines by the end of March, and we will continue to deliver more vaccines to get Canadians through this.
At the borders we have some of the strongest measures in the world, but we will also continue to look at other ways based on science and data to keep Canadians safe. Importation from the border is a fraction of the cases that are coming in, but we will still make sure that we are doing everything necessary to keep Canadians safe.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-04-21 14:27 [p.5911]
It is a sad day, Mr. Speaker, when a Canadian Prime Minister celebrates making his targets by stealing vaccines from the developing world.
Having no vaccines in January or in February means we are having a third wave in April. No border measures immediately means that the third wave could last until June. The Americans have introduced new border measures against Canada because of the lack of control of variants by this Prime Minister.
What is it going to take for Canadians to finally see action on COVID from this Prime Minister?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-04-21 14:27 [p.5911]
First of all, Mr. Speaker, once again we see Conservatives pedalling falsehoods when they say “no vaccines in January or February”. That is simply not true. We have continued to deliver. We have continued to increase our vaccine supplies and we actually went well beyond the predicted targets.
At the same time, we see once again that the Conservatives are not asking any questions about the budget. Why? It is because they must support it. They must think that it is excellent, and they recognize how targeted it is for Canadians, how it is going to get us through this COVID recession and how it is going to build us back better. I thank the Conservatives for their support.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2021-04-21 14:29 [p.5911]
Mr. Speaker, the provinces need a leader, not a father.
Last year, the Prime Minister failed to close the border because he had no plan to slow the spread of the virus. Yesterday, the United States introduced new measures for our border because this government is slow to take action to stop the variants.
We are in the third wave, and the Prime Minister is still slow to take action in the hot spots.
When will he take action?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-04-21 14:30 [p.5912]
Mr. Speaker, today, the Leader of the Opposition asked five questions and invented facts for each one. I understand that parliamentarians have a responsibility to debate in this place, but when he says, for instance, that the United States has just changed their position on Canada, that is simply not true. The United States has expressed concerns about many countries, including Canada, since November and continues to do so.
The Conservatives feel the need to spout falsehoods to play politics. That is not the way it should be.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2021-04-21 14:33 [p.5912]
Mr. Speaker, a doctor in Ontario wrote to the Prime Minister, urging the Prime Minister to invoke the Emergencies Act and to step in and help. She writes of how the situation in Ontario is so bad that not only COVID-19 patients, but all patients seeking health care, are limited in the health care they can receive.
Specifically, she wrote, “How angry would you be, if your loved one had a heart attack and there was no hospital or ICU bed for them?”
Will the Prime Minister declare a public welfare emergency and immediately get the help that people need to get vaccines to those who need it most?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2021-04-21 14:34 [p.5912]
Mr. Speaker, as I said, the federal government is here to help all Canadians. We have their backs. That is why we have indicated to the Government of Ontario that we are there to provide more supports. Whether it is through Red Cross, more vaccine doses or investments in health care, we will continue to be there to support Canadians right across the country.
I find it interesting, however, that the NDP is now calling on us to invoke the Emergencies Act, when Tommy Douglas famously criticized my father for doing the same thing. We believe in working with the provinces and delivering concretely. That is what we will continue to do.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2021-04-21 14:35 [p.5912]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister knows that is a completely different act. The Prime Minister also knows that having someone's back means actually stepping in and helping, not standing back and watching. Radhika, from the greater Toronto area, lost her father to COVID-19. Her father worked for 26 years in the same factory in the greater Toronto area before getting COVID-19, getting sick and then dying. She says that the way forward is to make sure people have paid sick leave.
Will the Prime Minister, if he believes he can have people's backs, improve access to paid sick leave and protect workers?
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