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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It being Wednesday, we will now have the singing of the national anthem led by the hon. member for South Okanagan—West Kootenay.
[Members sang the national anthem]
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I would like to make a brief statement regarding the participation of members in hybrid sittings of the House.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House has adapted or changed some practices to allow for hybrid sittings. This is to ensure the safe participation of members, whether they are physically present or participating via video conference.
The introduction of the technology allowing hybrid sittings allows members to speak and hear the proceedings of the House in the official language of their choice. I would like to remind everyone that if they are not speaking, to please turn off their mikes or put them on mute.
To be effective, however, interpreters following the proceedings must be able to hear what is being said so they can repeat it in the other language. It is not possible to allow simultaneous interpretation when the audio quality is not good enough. This has led to interpretations that are disruptive to the proceedings.
The Chair understands that House leaders and whips have taken steps to address this problem and remind all members to abide by the best practices with respect to video conferencing, including the use of House-approved audio equipment.
Using such equipment will reduce the chances of disruption and improve the smooth conduct of our deliberations. Equally important, I want to remind members to perform the necessary connectivity and audio quality tests before participating in the proceedings. IT ambassadors are available should members need assistance or wish to confirm that their setup meets the required standards.
To this end, members have to use the proper audio equipment and connectivity in order to participate in debate remotely. This will be the best way to allow our proceedings to continue uninterrupted in both official languages.
I thank all hon. members for their attention in this matter.
View Jenica Atwin Profile
GP (NB)
View Jenica Atwin Profile
2020-12-02 14:08
Mr. Speaker, an ode to N.B.:
Some words of support and appreciation,Some love for New Brunswick sent across the nationTo entrepreneurs pushing side hustles, To our front-line workers and our own Dr. Russell.Our citizens acted to protect others, Thinking of nurses, sisters and brothers.With so much at stake and facing such trouble,We did our best to stay safe in the bubble.Once thought of as Canada's sleepy drive-through, The desire to visit steadily grew.Come find us online and see what is in store;When this is all over, come visit our shores.We have the highest tides, farmers markets with loot, The longest covered bridges and the biggest axe to boot.A diverse place, home to rich cultures and celebrations, Like Harvest Jazz and Blues, and Mawi'omi in first nations,Harbours and haunts with lobsters and fiddles,Acadian hospitality and Moncton in the middle.From St. Andrews to Stonehaven, Madawaska to Dalhousie,We are fun-loving Maritimes and we say it proudly,
Let's go, everyone.
We would love to see you here.Come for the “Frenglish” and stay for the beer.But until the time we can meet again, Stay two metres apart, mask up and stay safe, my friends.
Happy holidays.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2020-12-02 14:10
Mr. Speaker, earlier this year, Roger Nugent of Conception Bay South, a son, a loving husband and friend, passed away at the age of 60.
Roger was a good friend of mine. As kids, we started school together, and we graduated high school alongside one another in 1976. He was a great guy who was always up for a laugh or a lark, but was never one to cause trouble. He was a man who loved hunting, fishing or anything to do with the great outdoors.
Over the years, I spent a lot of time in the Nugent family home. I was always welcomed and made to feel safe. Roger is missed by many, but especially by his loving wife, Bernice; his parents, Tony and Ursula; his brothers and sisters, Kenny, Terry, Debbie and Joy; and of course his best buddy, his dog, Chipper.
Roger, my friend, will be missed. May God bless him.
View Gerald Soroka Profile
CPC (AB)
View Gerald Soroka Profile
2020-12-02 14:10
Mr. Speaker, I want to encourage my constituents and those across the country to shop local this Christmas.
This year has been tough, especially for small businesses. Many small business owners I have spoken to since the pandemic began say they are barely hanging on. No matter how difficult the circumstances, small businesses truly are the foundation of our communities. Even just one purchase, when amplified across the whole community, could make a big difference.
Some small business owners are seeing more people shopping local, which is good to hear. Looking back on 2020, this has not been an easy year for anyone. My constituents have preserved and remain hopeful, despite all 2020 has thrown at us.
I want to take a moment to wish you, Mr. Speaker, and all my colleagues and, most of all, my constituents of Yellowhead a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. This holiday season, I remind everyone to shop local.
View Jennifer O'Connell Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour Gordon Hicks, a resident of Uxbridge, Ontario, who is being appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.
Gord and his family founded Cam's Kids, a foundation focused on ensuring that no child's mental health issues restrict their potential. The foundation is named after Gordon's son, Cameron, who struggled with anxiety and tragically passed away during his first year at the University of Ottawa.
What makes Gord so inspiring is his ability to translate the pain of losing his son into meaningful work to help prevent other families from suffering the same loss. When speaking to Gord, he explained that the pain of losing a loved one never fades, yet he and his family wanted to turn Cam's tragedy into helping other young people. They felt if they could help save even one person, then they would make a real difference in honour of Cam.
Cam's Kids has ambassadors in universities and colleges across the country, and has supported countless young people, which is a powerful legacy in Cam's honour. We thank Gord and the Hicks family for the betterment of our community and our country, and wish him congratulations.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, our very esteemed colleague, the member for Bécancour—Nicolet—Saurel, our friend, my friend, now holds the record for longest serving French-speaking member of the House of Commons. He has been a member of the House for 36 years, two months and 28 days today.
On behalf of the Bloc Québécois I want to humbly recognize his total commitment to his constituents and his close, often personal, relationship with them, as well as his commitment to Quebec sovereignty because he is the dean of separatists in the federal Parliament and he has all sorts of new friends. I said I make this statement humbly because, after all, I am talking on behalf of a party that the member founded in his riding of Sorel-Tracy with Lucien Bouchard.
Adored and adorable, wise, but not overly so, my colleague won the confidence of his constituents 11 times because he is there for people, he listens, and he will do anything for the people and businesses in his part of the country.
I am confident that he will convince them to vote for him a twelfth time, and if he does, he will beat Wilfrid Laurier's century-old record. We will wait until just after that for Quebec to separate.
Congratulations. It will be a pleasure to continue writing history together.
View Patricia Lattanzio Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Unfortunately, persons with disabilities often have the hardest time accessing health care, education and jobs. They are at high risk of poverty, violence and neglect, and are often the most marginalized individuals in communities in crisis.
As a society, it is our responsibility to make sure nobody is left behind during this pandemic and to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive society. Let's commit to rebuilding our country together with Canadians with disabilities, and let's make sure they get full access to the services and care they need.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Speaker, I would like to share a story about the community coming together in Merritt, British Columbia, to rebuild the historic Murray Church after it burned down from a pointless act of arson in January 2019. I am happy to say that the church has reached nearly $170,000 of its $200,000 goal. It recently held a ground-breaking ceremony with the hope of construction next year. The fire caused a lot of anger and heartbreak for the people of Merritt, but they have taken a difficult situation and, despite all the challenges they have faced, turned it into something that people could rally together on. The spirit of community is extended right across this great country, as many Canadians have contacted Trinity United Church to show their support. My congratulations go to all involved.
As we enter the holiday season, let us remember that we are all part of a community and what that means. Let us give back to those we love and those in need. Let us look to positive examples like Merritt, and know we can overcome anger and sadness and come together as a country.
View Adam van Koeverden Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, today, I join Halton mayors and conservation authorities across Ontario, and state my extreme frustration with Ontario's Bill 229, schedule 6 amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act.
Conservation authorities, such as Conservation Halton, have served the interests of Ontarians for over 60 years. They have not only worked to conserve the environment, but they have ensured the resilience of ecologically important watersheds such as ours in Halton. Locally, ours has planted four million trees. It manages over 11,000 acres of land, employs hundreds of people, educates millions of kids and provides a place to play, hike, swim, paddle and ski for millions of Ontarians every year. Conservation authorities do essential work. They are experts, researchers, guardians and stewards. The environment does not stop at the stream or the trailhead. When environmental protections are reduced, it undermines human health.
I appreciate that this is a provincial matter, but it affects everyone. I ask that Premier Ford and his government withdraw schedule 6 from Bill 229, and uphold the integrity of conservation authorities in Ontario so they can continue protecting our natural environment and the collective well-being of Ontarians.
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, despite the challenges, the traditional Orleans Christmas parade has been reinvented this year.
The first parade took place in 1994, and it has grown to become Canada's largest after-dark Santa Claus parade with crowds of over 100,000 in attendance. Thanks to the incredible work of the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association and its partners, we will be able to experience the magic of Christmas once again. The 26th edition of the Orleans Parade of Lights takes place on December 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In keeping with today's realities, it will feature a static, drive-through display at the OC Transpo Park & Ride on the north side of Place d'Orleans.
I invite everyone to join me in taking part in this amazing drive-through initiative, whose purpose is to collect toys and money for our community's less fortunate.
Thank you, and I hope to see you Saturday.
View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, a failure to plan is a plan to fail, and Canada has no COVID-19 vaccine plan. The government has secured access to the vaccine. What it has not done is told us who, when, where, what or how Canadians will get it. Worse still, the Liberals are attempting to downplay the severity that Canada's lack of a plan implies.
As a former military logistician, I cannot overstate that the complexity of the prioritization, transportation and security of the vaccine distribution must not be underestimated. The vaccine may not be available yet, but the value of being ready when it is will be measured in deaths prevented and livelihoods saved.
The government has had months to prepare, but has failed to act. Canadians are waiting. Canadians need a national COVID-19 vaccine plan, now.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Speaker, my riding of Saint John—Rothesay is currently in the midst of its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our local small businesses are again bearing the brunt of the economic impact of the increased public health restrictions that are necessary to flatten the curve.
The last three months of the year are when most retailers make more than 40% of their annual revenue. For small retail businesses in our community, the second wave could not have come at a worse time. As a former small business owner, I know first-hand how critical small businesses are to our community. They are truly the backbone of our local economy. That is why I am committed to standing up for small businesses in my riding in the House. I also rise today to encourage the people of my riding to support local small businesses when they do their holiday shopping this year.
This holiday season, let us all give back to those who give our community so much all year, by gifting local.
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, for nine months Canadians have isolated, worn masks and had their lives significantly disrupted, but those are inconveniences that pale in comparison to what two Canadian citizens have had to endure in China. It is going to be two years, in a couple of days, since Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained arbitrarily by the Chinese government.
Michael Spavor's family members are constituents of mine, and while believing that much has been done to secure his release, they are getting concerned for his well-being and for the toll that this is starting to take. While Meng Wanzhou is given due process and almost total freedom in Vancouver, Michael Spavor has been a total prisoner of the Chinese government, in apparent retaliation for her arrest.
The Spavor family is grateful for the work of Canadian officials, including ambassador Barton, during these past two years. However, today I am calling on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to elevate this file and secure the freedom of these two innocent Canadian citizens.
View Ziad Aboultaif Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, I stand today on an issue close to my constituents: the Keystone XL pipeline. This important endeavour is now the subject of scrutiny south of the border, as the new administration is taking office.
COVID-19 shook the lives of every Canadian. It took the jobs of many, and now we need to prepare for our economic recovery by safeguarding projects of national interest, such as Keystone XL.
I call on the Liberal government to set aside our political differences and help advocate for this important project to get Canadian resources to market. Together, we can save Keystone XL and, with it, thousands of well-paying jobs in Alberta for the sake of national unity.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Speaker, on November 27, one of my constituents, Rose Jacobson, celebrated her 100th birthday.
To this day, Rose can still rattle off her name in Morse code because of her service in the Second World War. She became an expert in many codes during her years of service.
Rose grew up in Montreal, and when the call came for women to join the forces, she left her job to do so. Rose said that the initial reaction to women in the army was a bit awkward, and some thought it was a bit of joke, but in time, she and her peers earned respect for their work to support the war effort.
From 1942 until the end of the war in 1945, Rose spent much of the war training pilots, and some of them were from Australia and New Zealand. She said that she did not choose to be an instructor. They chose her.
Rose married a military man, Edwin Christopher “Jake” Jacobson, and over the years they had three daughters: Sharon, Diane and Lynne.
Today we celebrate Rose, her accomplishments and her tremendous service to this country.
We thank Rose and wish her a happy birthday.
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise to mark the 35th anniversary of an organization in Mercier-Est called “Le Chez-Nous”, a vital community hub for people aged 55 and over in La Pointe-de-l'Île.
For the past 35 years, Le Chez-Nous has been offering recreation activities, coordinating outreach services and providing compassionate support to our most vulnerable seniors. What is important to highlight today, however, is the vitality of its members and the dedication of its volunteers. These women and men make an enormous contribution that reaches far beyond the organization's walls. They help maintain intergenerational ties and have a positive impact on the entire Tétreaultville community.
It is a great honour for me to wish a happy 35th anniversary to Carmen Diaconescu, the chair of the board of directors, Melda Saeedi, the executive director, and the 1,000 members of that organization.
Happy 35th anniversary, Le Chez-Nous, and keep up the good work.
View Scott Aitchison Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, as we approach the Christmas season, I think it is safe to say that we will all be glad to put 2020 behind us.
In Parry Sound—Muskoka, communities have come together to support each other and our most vulnerable, especially seniors. First responders, paramedics, firefighters, police, nurses, doctors and support staff have all served our community admirably through this crisis. Now we are turning our attention to real and meaningful recovery.
In Parry Sound—Muskoka, recovery starts with building on our strengths: our natural resources, lakes and waterways, our clean environment and, most importantly, our people. What the people of Parry Sound—Muskoka are looking for from government is a real plan on vaccine delivery, an economic plan that includes more than massive and crushing debt, access to reliable and affordable Internet, and delivery on attainable housing promises.
What we need is the certainty, clarity and competence a Conservative government would deliver.
View Yvonne Jones Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Yvonne Jones Profile
2020-12-02 14:26
Mr. Speaker, as we approach the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, I stand to remind colleagues and all Canadians that for too long victims of gender-based violence have had to suffer in silence. One-third of women in Canada over the age of 15 face gender-based violence. This is staggering, and we must all work together to ensure the protection of all women.
In Labrador and across Canada, I commend the efforts of those working hard to help women and children who are fleeing violence and who are calling others to action in support of their safety. Whether it is the women's transition house in Nain, Sheshatshiu, Natuashish, Rigolet, Happy Valley Goose Bay or Labrador City, or the Selma Onalik Safe House in Hopedale, we know that there are safe places for women and children to turn for help across Labrador.
Our government is committed, and we will not stop the heavy lifting that is required to help victims of gender-based violence, because together we can create a society where all people feel safe, including all women.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:27
Mr. Speaker, in May, the government signed with Chinese pharmaceutical giant CanSino to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine. In late August, the deal fell apart. It was not until September 16 that the government opened up a new approval stream for COVID-19 vaccines that could be imported to Canada. The first approvals were not applied for until October.
Why did the Prime Minister cost Canadians five months in the vaccine race because he wanted to partner with China?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, from the spring we knew that the way through this pandemic was going to be with vaccines, so we set out to make deals and to find out how many vaccine companies we could sign potential deals with. We actually signed and announced deals with Moderna and Pfizer in early August, well before the CanSino project fell through.
We put all our eggs in as many different baskets as possible, and that is how we have the most diverse portfolio of vaccines and more doses potentially per capita than any other country in the world. We have been there for Canadians.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:28
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister partnered with CanSino first in May. We know from Global News today that CSIS had been warning the government about CanSino for years. In fact, we asked the public safety minister last week if intelligence officials had briefed the Prime Minister and the government about risks on CanSino. He refused to answer, and Canadians deserve answers.
How delayed is our vaccine response going to be because the Prime Minister preferred to partner with China ahead of everyone else?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the answer is not at all, not delayed at all. We set out to ensure we were knocking on every single door. We were ensuring that regardless of which companies or which researchers found the vaccine first, Canadians would get doses of those vaccines. That is how we ended up with the broadest portfolio of potential vaccines of most countries in the world and more doses per capita than just about any other country.
We have been there with a solid plan to ensure that Canadians get vaccinated when the time comes.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:29
Mr. Speaker, “what China did, is they got what they needed (from Canada) and they stopped the vaccine shipment. This neutralizes the ability for Canada to participate in developing the vaccine.” This is the assessment of a leading intelligence expert on how the Liberal government got played by China.
Why did the government bet our nation's health, our economy, on a partnership that it was told was against our national security interest?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, once again, the Conservative Party is just making things up. We actually secured the broadest range of vaccine potentials. We knocked on every door to ensure that Canadians would maximize their chances of getting an effective vaccine when they came through.
Yes, when CanSino withdrew, we went from potentially eight deals with vaccine makers to seven deals with vaccine makers. However, those seven deals that we have cover the best portfolio of any country in the world and more doses per citizen than just about any other country.
That is the leadership we have shown. That is how we have Canadians' backs.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I want to remind hon. members of the way it works. When a member is named, he or she asks the questions, not while the person is answering. That just does not work in the chamber, and it is causing a lot of distractions. I wanted to point that out for those who have forgotten the rules.
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:31
Mr. Speaker, between April and June, France is going to vaccinate its entire population. In the United States, the entire population will be vaccinated by June. In Canada, our Liberal government is saying that only a few Canadians will be vaccinated by September.
How are Canadians going to feel when the U.S. economy reopens and we have to remain in lockdown? Why the delay?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Health Canada is currently fast-tracking its study of four different vaccines, and we have obtained tens of millions of doses of all those vaccines for Canadians.
We want to ensure safety. Our priority will be to assure Canadians that these vaccines are safe, but, at the same time, we have been able to guarantee that Canadians will get their doses. We will get through this pandemic together. We will make it to the other side thanks to everything we are doing together.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:32
Mr. Speaker, this week, the Deputy Prime Minister tabled an economic update, but the truth is that it is just words.
Without a plan for rapid tests and vaccines, there will be no economic recovery—none. The Liberal government did not have the guts to make sure that Canadians were at the front of the line for vaccines.
Quebeckers are worried and Christmas is coming. It is time to give them hope.
When will the government come up with a plan to give hope to the nation?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, if the Conservatives want to talk about a plan, let us talk.
We are protecting the health of Canadians with this economic statement. We are ensuring that all Canadians have access to an effective, safe and free vaccine. The plan will help our economy to come roaring back with a wage subsidy of 75% for businesses and measures for the hardest hit sectors.
This plan will help us turn things around for the better for all Canadians. We all remember the damage caused by the Conservatives when they pushed austerity too quickly after 2008-09. We will be there for Canadians.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Canada's Constitution establishes beyond a doubt that health is the exclusive jurisdiction of the provinces, including Quebec.
The federal share of funding for the health system, which was 50%, began to drop in 1977, and that trend has continued to this day.
This is my question: Given that the provinces and Quebec need predictability to manage the crisis and hopefully emerge from it—although the Prime Minister is unable to give us a timeline for that—can we ask him if he is going to defy his own Constitution and let funding for the provinces continue to drop?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Canadians are proud of their health care system and expect us to work together to improve it.
We gave the provinces and territories $19 billion to help them restart their economies safely while dealing with the pandemic. We are investing $11 million to help the provinces and territories improve access to home care, community care and mental health services.
We will provide more than $200 billion for health care systems over the next five years to the provinces and territories for the health system, and we will always work together to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I find it fascinating that pre-written answers are supplied to questions that have not yet been asked.
I am all ears if he wants to open up the Constitution because he cannot hold up his end of the deal. I have a couple of ideas for him.
How can the Prime Minister claim that everything is fine when he just got a kick in the teeth from the Quebec National Assembly, which unanimously adopted a motion calling on the government to hand over the money and mind its own business with respect to long-term care homes?
Will the Prime Minister continue to disregard his obligations to Quebec and the provinces?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, we have been working closely with the provinces and territories to support Canadians throughout pandemic.
We got money directly to Quebeckers and Canadians through CERB, assistance for small businesses and the Canada emergency wage subsidy.
We have continued to transfer additional money to help the provinces and territories shoulder the additional costs of the health care system and the school system.
We recognize that we need to work together and respect provincial jurisdictions. We will continue to work together to help Canadians and build a better future.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Speaker, Australia has published its COVID-19 vaccination plan on its website. The United Kingdom just approved a vaccine and will be administering it next week. Canada, in contrast, does not yet have a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination plan. People deserve to know what the plan is.
When will we get a vaccine, and who will get it? What is the COVID-19 vaccination plan?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, since the spring, we have been working with the provinces and territories to distribute vaccines across the country.
We worked with the Canadian Armed Forces and immunization experts to establish priority lists and ensure that we have the capacity to deliver the vaccines.
We have worked and will continue to work with the provinces and territories to distribute these vaccines, just like Canada distributes 19 million flu vaccines to Canadians across the country every year. It is a huge challenge, but we can and will keep our promises.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government has just acknowledged that it will break a commitment to the indigenous people for clean drinking water.
I want the Prime Minister to hear what this means from a nine-year-old girl named Bee Moonias from the Neskantaga nation who will not be able to go home. She says, “Sometimes, I feel like we don't exist. Like, nobody knows that we have no clean water. Like, we're just ghosts and we're just put in a drawer, in a box.”
Could the Prime Minister look Bee Moonias in her eyes and tell her why this country has not provided clean drinking water?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, my thoughts—
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I will stop the right hon. Prime Minister. Someone has their microphone on at home. I want to make sure that everyone has their microphones on mute.
The right hon. Prime Minister.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, we have been working closely with communities right across the country, including Neskantaga and its citizens, to ensure that we are giving them all the support they need through this pandemic.
In terms of drinking water, decades of neglect led to the unacceptable reality of first nations on reserve not having access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. We remain aggressively committed to lifting all long-term advisories and ensuring first nations can have clean water now and into the future. The feds provided an additional $1.5 billion to accelerate this commitment. We will continue to work in partnership with first nations to get it done.
View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, there will be three ways of vaccinating people: hospitals, vaccination centres and in the community with GPs and pharmacists. Around 50 hospitals are on standby and vaccination centres in venues such as conference centres or sports stadiums are being set up now. This is with regard to a COVID vaccine that is being released to the public tomorrow.
I wish we could say that here in Canada. Instead, we have to congratulate our friends in the United Kingdom for getting their act together.
The question is this: When will the Prime Minister give that exact same information to Canadians?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, every step of the way we have relied on experts and scientists to give us recommendations on how to move forward on a rollout of vaccines right across the country. We have worked closely with the provinces and territories and we will continue to. We put the Canadian Armed Forces' Major-General Dany Fortin in charge of the logistics of rolling it out and coordinating with the provinces and territories on vaccines.
Right now, as we speak, Health Canada is looking at four different vaccine candidates, candidates that are leading around the world and that we have signed up for tens of millions of doses. Canadians will be covered on vaccines.
View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, just moments ago, on CJOB in Manitoba, Manitoba's chief public health officer, Dr. Roussin, came out and said that Manitoba's vaccine supply will be very limited in the early months of next year. That is in direct contradiction to what the Prime Minister just said. Meanwhile, they are hearing that New York state is going to have 170,000 doses for deployment on December 15.
Does the Prime Minister realize that he is going to have to update his talking points binder and give Canadians some information on when they are getting that vaccine and where, as opposed to just spouting nonsense about his failure to plan?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, allow me to begin by again telling the people of Manitoba and their public health officer that as a federal government we will continue to be there to support them while they go through this difficult time. We are there to support Manitoba, like we are there to support premiers right across the country who are facing a rise in cases.
Part of that is making sure that we are able to deliver on the tens of millions of vaccine doses that we have secured because we have access to the largest range of vaccines of just about any country in the world. We did the work early on in securing doses for Canadians so that we can all get through this pandemic together.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, it was reported today that CanSinoBIO's Canadian-educated scientists were also working for Chinese Communist Party information collection networks.
What is worse, CanSinoBIO's co-founders are participating in the program, which aims to transfer knowledge and research results from Canada to China. We now know that CanSinoBIO never intended to honour the deal. Worse still, our Canadian intellectual property is now in the hands of the Chinese government. Why did the Prime Minister sign that deal with CanSinoBIO knowing these facts?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, several years ago, the partnership with CanSinoBIO resulted in the distribution of a vaccine for the Ebola virus in West Africa, a collaboration that had a significant and positive impact around the world.
That is why we considered CanSinoBIO among all the other vaccine candidates we studied. We followed up and had negotiations and discussions with many companies that produce different vaccines. As a result, we now have the best portfolio of potential vaccines in the world, and more potential doses per Canadian than any other country in the world.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, that is nonsense.
We are currently talking about CanSinoBIO, a company whose CEO and executive director were identified as members of China's Thousand Talents Plan to act as informants for the Chinese Communist Party.
This is not the first time that the Liberal government is letting Canada's information and intellectual property flow to China. These are serious security risks for Canada. Why does the Prime Minister keep working with the Chinese communist regime?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, my responsibility as Prime Minister is to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. That is what I did and what I will always do. I will work with anyone who can help ensure the safety of Canadians.
The Conservatives are saying that they would not have worked with China. That is their choice, but we are busy ensuring that we have access to more vaccines per person than any other country. Indeed, we sought to partner with all kinds of people to ensure the safety of Canadians.
While they cling to politics and ideology, we will work for Canadians.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Mr. Speaker, Canadians trust our Canadian Armed Forces to get the job done, but nobody trusts the Liberal government. Instead of hiding its vaccine plan behind a veil of secrecy, perhaps the Prime Minister could answer some very basic questions. Canadians deserve to know exactly how our military is going to be used.
How many troops have been placed on high readiness? How many military aircraft will be deployed to deliver vaccines? When will vaccines be delivered by our troops to communities in remote and northern areas? Can the Prime Minister simply give us some dates, numbers, timelines, anything?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, from the beginning, Canadians have had a simple question: When is this pandemic going to be over; when do we get back to our lives; when do we get through this?
The answer is we will get through this with vaccines and we are working to do it as quickly as possible. That is why we secured access to more vaccines per person than just about any other country in the world from a large range of potential vaccine-makers. We did not have a vaccine against COVID-19 because there was not one until very recently. We are going to ensure that we have vaccines for Canadians and we are counting on the Armed Forces to help.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:46
Mr. Speaker, last night on a call with MPs, Dr. Njoo suggested the spoilage rate for the Pfizer vaccine would be as high as 5%. That is critical information the government has kept hidden from Canadians.
We do not know when the vaccine is arriving, we do not know how it is being distributed, we do not know which Canadians are going to receive it first, and the Minister of Health is laughing at these questions today.
If the Prime Minister thinks we are all in this together, why does he refuse to publish a plan so that we can all be in this together?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, from the beginning of this pandemic we have worked closely with scientists and experts on everything from the prioritization of certain populations for receiving vaccines to delivering the kinds of support across communities that are necessary. We have worked with provinces and territories, municipalities and all Canadians to get through this pandemic and we will continue to. Every step of the way, whether it was the Canadian Armed Forces or the Red Cross and researchers and scientists from across the country, Canadians have pulled together to ensure we get through this pandemic, and that is exactly what we are going to do together.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I get the feeling that the Prime Minister is not aware of the Government of Quebec's reaction to his economic update.
He is at odds with the provinces. He maintains that everyone is getting along, but the truth is that things are getting strained. It is more than a little concerning.
We have clearly established that the federal government has obligations to the provinces and Quebec, but the Prime Minister is not respecting his own obligations.
How then can he want to impose obligations on others?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I understand that the Bloc Québécois's raison d'être is to create conflict between Ottawa and Quebec. We work well with Quebec.
We will continue to work hand in hand to protect our seniors, as we did with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Red Cross. We will always work together to ensure that the necessary resources are there to get through this pandemic, whether it is by sending the provinces their share of the $25 billion, which is what we did to help them through this pandemic, or whether it is by working together for seniors, children and families. We will be there to work together.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the big pink unicorn is back.
Will it bother the Prime Minister if I inform Quebeckers that, according to his vision, the provinces are subsidiaries of Ottawa, there is no Quebec nation, there is no exclusive jurisdiction, there is no respect for the National Assembly of Quebec, there is no respect for the Government of Quebec and there is no respect for Quebec?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, that is the Bloc's perspective.
We are in a pandemic where people are working together, where we are fighting this virus every day and where we are working on delivering personal protective equipment, rapid testing and vaccines. We are working together.
The Bloc does not want to talk about the fact that the federal government is there to actually help Quebeckers on the ground. It is looking for a fight. We are not fighting, we are working on behalf of all Canadians.
View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, we know the Prime Minister's usual reaction when the RCMP come calling with questions about his corruption or ethical breaches of his Liberal colleagues. He rips the phone out of the wall and locks the door, blocking them at every step.
Last week, we heard from the lobbying commissioner that there were three illegal lobbying inquiries sent to the RCMP since the start of this pandemic. Is the Prime Minister aware of any recent or ongoing inquiries by the RCMP into him, Liberal staff or Liberal members?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, once again, in their characterizations, Conservatives continue to just make things up. I can answer directly on that question that we are unaware of any such investigations, and as a reminder to our colleagues, the lobbying commissioner does not investigate public office holders.
View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister does not need to take my word for it. Conservatives are not making it up. It is the lobbying commissioner who has said that there are RCMP investigations into illegal lobbying by the government. It is clear that Liberals play fast and loose with the ethical and lobbying rules, and they are being investigated. The Prime Minister is being investigated for a third time.
Will the Prime Minister commit to fully co-operating with investigations by officers of Parliament and the RCMP? Will he commit to waiving cabinet confidence?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, again, I and my office are entirely unaware of any such investigations, and I remind members that the lobbying commissioner does not look into the actions of public office holders.
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
CPC (AB)
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
2020-12-02 14:52
Mr. Speaker, hostile foreign state agents are operating in Canada. Iran is bypassing international sanctions by using small currency exchanges in Canada to wire money. Global News has a CSIS report that states that an Iranian expat is “assisting the government of Iran in the clandestine wiring of monies into Canada”. Iran's banks fund terrorists groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and the banks are being used by Iran for foreign interference here in Canada.
When will the Prime Minister take this seriously and when will they arrest and deport hostile foreign state agents in Canada?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Canadian intelligence services and agencies take very seriously the allegations and information around interference or misuse of public trust by foreign actors. We will continue to ensure that they have all the tools necessary to keep Canadians safe, to protect our democracy and to continue to uphold the values that we all hold dear in this country.
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
CPC (AB)
View Shannon Stubbs Profile
2020-12-02 14:53
Mr. Speaker, the intelligence officers take this threat very seriously, but the Prime Minister does not.
We asked the public safety minister about this last week and he sidestepped, answering about the connections that the member for Richmond Hill has to that individual. The member accepted political donations from him, hosted him on a tour of Parliament and even took a photo with the guy in the Speaker's chair. The PMO refused to answer any questions about this connection, including from journalists, so I will ask.
Is he passive against foreign state hostile agents in Canada because he has a politically exposed person in his own caucus?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the member in question has addressed this issue.
View Scott Duvall Profile
NDP (ON)
Mr. Speaker, this week's fiscal update proves once again that the Liberal government cannot keep its promises and does not care about working people only making minimum wage. After laughing off the federal minimum wage just a few years ago, the Liberals promised it in the last election, and now they are laughing again because the promise was a joke.
Why do Liberals not think that Canadians working full-time jobs should be able to put food on their tables and pay their bills? When will the Prime Minister deliver on the $15 an hour minimum wage he promised Canadians?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, our priority in this FES and in all the actions we take is to help Canadians through this pandemic. We know that the best way through, not just for Canadians' health but for our economy as well, is to make the necessary investments to support workers, small businesses, families and seniors to help Canadians get through this pandemic. That is exactly what we laid out in this FES. This is exactly what we will continue to do to support Canadians every step of the way. We are there for the middle class and people working hard to join it. We will continue to be.
View Lindsay Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Mr. Speaker, on Monday the Liberals announced they were going back on their word, cancelling the moratorium on student loan payments and forcing students to make loan payments again, despite record high COVID cases across the country.
A pause on interest is very different from a moratorium on payments, but yesterday the Minister for Women and Gender Equality tweeted to tell students the moratorium was extended. Will the minister apologize for spreading misinformation, or better yet, will the Liberals change the policy to help students and make what the minister is saying actually true?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, this government has supported students every step of the way. We paused Canada student loan repayments. We doubled Canada student grants. We introduced the Canada emergency student benefit, which provided support to more than 700,000 post-secondary students and recent graduates. In the fall economic statement we announced we will eliminate the interest on Canada student loans and on Canada apprentice loans for a full year and support more opportunities through the youth employment and skills strategy and Canada summer jobs.
The message to Canadians is clear: We will have students' backs.
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Speaker, this pandemic has been particularly hard on children and young families. When schools, day cares and workplaces closed down, many families had to make very difficult choices. Our government has promised that it will continue to be there for Canadian families.
Can the Prime Minister tell us how the fall economic statement will help families with young children here in Acadie—Bathurst and across the country?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Acadie—Bathurst for his excellent question and hard work.
Many middle-class families are having a hard time making ends meet, especially during this pandemic. That is why we have announced additional support, totalling up to $1,200 in 2021, for each child under six for low- and middle-income families entitled to the Canada child benefit.
We have been there for Canadians throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to be.
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Speaker, good news, the Liberals say the government's high-speed Internet service maps filled with bad data can be corrected. Bad news, the onus is on municipalities to fix the errors. Rural communities have 75 days to convince Ottawa that service maps are wrong or else lose federal assistance. The minister responsible for this program gave herself a six-month extension before rolling it out, but small communities around Miramichi, places like Blackville, St. Margarets and Baie-Sainte-Anne, have only 75 days to fix this problem.
Why does the minister expect rural Canadians to find and correct mistakes made by the Liberal government?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, as we continue to deal with this COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have needed to rely on the Internet to help connect them to work, school, government resources and loved ones. That is why we announced an investment of $1.75 billion to help connect Canadians to high-speed Internet across the country, grow businesses and create jobs.
This investment will connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026, with a goal of connecting all Canadians a few years later. It is the largest one-time federal investment in rural broadband, 10 times as much in five years as Conservatives did in 10 years. We are there for rural Canadians. We are there for all Canadians.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 14:59
Mr. Speaker, rural broadband is necessary if we want small businesses to survive during lockdowns, but the government's service maps in Atlantic Canada leave a lot of communities without the ability of funding assistance to expand this essential service. Communities in Cumberland—Colchester, Caledonia and north Queens, Nova Scotia, are being made to fix the mistakes done by the government.
Why are small rural communities across Atlantic Canada getting nothing but a dial tone from the Prime Minister?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, let us look at the record of supporting rural Canadians with Internet. Over the past five years, we have invested 10 times more than the Conservatives invested in 10 years in government, in supporting rural Canadians and getting Internet to them. We will continue to work on accelerating those investments because we know rural Canadians and indeed all Canadians deserve to be connected, and that is what this government is doing.
View Jeremy Patzer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, the government refuses to hear the voices of Canadians with disabilities and ignores the input of physicians. A growing list of doctors from every province provided a strong statement, with over 1,000 signatures, for the study of Bill C-7, so I was shocked when I learned the following. Medical assistance in dying has been deemed an essential service under the Canada Health Act, yet palliative care has not.
Does the Prime Minister recognize that this is a big problem?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, medical assistance in dying is a difficult, complex and deeply personal issue. We reintroduced legislation that we believe strikes the right balance between upholding rights and protecting our most vulnerable.
We have done so by listening to the diverse and evolving views of Canadians on this issue. That is exactly what we will continue to do as we move forward to meet the court-imposed deadline. We hope all parties in the House will work with us to do this difficult but critically important work.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 15:01
Mr. Speaker, Bill C-7 does not strike the right balance, and in fact, those diverse voices the Prime Minister has been talking about have said that: disability groups, indigenous advocates, physicians.
In fact, the Prime Minister can just ask his Minister of Employment. Last week, she told the Senate she agreed with the concerns being advocated by disability advocates, Conservative MPs and many other Canadians for weeks.
I want to thank the government for providing more time for us to speak on this issue, but I want the Prime Minister to heed the advice of so many Canadians. Let us make the changes that protect the most vulnerable in medical assistance in dying.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the House has worked over many years now to move forward on getting that balance right between protecting the most vulnerable and respecting people's fundamental rights. The approach is meant to ensure people who are suffering unbearable pain have the choice of a peaceful death.
The proposed legislation contains revised safeguards to protect vulnerable persons from pressure and coercion and to ensure that medical assistance in dying is always an informed and voluntary choice. It is a difficult balance to strike, but it is one that Canadians expect us to do the work on and that is exactly what we are doing.
View Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday I asked the government why on earth there was nothing for the aerospace sector in the economic update. I was lucky because I got an answer from none other than the author of the economic update herself, the Minister of Finance. Unfortunately, she had no idea what I was talking about. In her answer, she talked about regional airports and aluminum. I am not saying those things are not important. They are very important, but that is not what I was asking about. I was asking her about the aerospace sector, the country's biggest manufacturing industry, whose Montreal hub is the third-largest in the world.
How could the aerospace sector have been so far off her radar that she essentially forgot it existed?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, from the start of the pandemic, we have been there for workers and businesses in every industry that has experienced a pandemic-related downturn or difficulty. The aerospace sector is no exception.
The fact is that we have sent hundreds of millions of dollars in support to the aerospace industry because it is a key industry for Montreal, for Quebec and even for Canada. We know that workers, manufacturers and companies of all sizes in the aerospace and other sectors are grappling with tough times. That is why we are here to support them financially.
View Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday it was the Deputy Prime Minister, and today it is the Prime Minister. At least there is continuity. We cannot accuse of them of being inconsistent. From what I understand, there will be no aerospace policy until the vaccines are rolled out.
There was not one word about this in the economic update or in the Speech from the Throne. Canada is there for the auto and oil sectors when they need it, but not for Quebec's aerospace sector. Canada is the only country in the world that does not have an aerospace policy, even though the aerospace sector is the largest industry in Montreal.
Does the Prime Minister know that he is an MP from Montreal?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, our government has always been proud to support the aerospace industry in Montreal, in Quebec and across Canada with record investments, support for companies, and above all, support for the workers, for training, for the assistance and research that will foster economic growth in this sector. We recognize that the aerospace industry is going through a tough time, like so many industries across the country, and we will continue to be there for it with the wage subsidy, with business assistance, and with a return to a strong economy once we get through this pandemic.
View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the President of the Treasury Board was responsible for ensuring that an official languages impact analysis was conducted for the WE Charity contract. The Minister of Official Languages said that the minister followed all the rules. The upshot was that the contract was awarded without an official languages impact analysis, to the detriment of francophones. The Treasury Board does not take French seriously, and all of the responsibility for this fiasco lies with the President of the Treasury Board.
Will the Prime Minister make his minister do his job and fulfill his responsibilities? It is time to act.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, as we have clearly said many times, the non-partisan public service recommended this structure and approach to support young people.
We will always be there to support young people, whether by granting interest relief on Canada student loans and Canada apprenticeship loans for a full year, enhancing the youth employment and skills strategy, or supporting up to 120,000 placements through the Canada summer jobs program next year.
We will be there to protect young people. We will be there to defend French across the country.
View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, he should really listen to the question.
I am asking the Prime Minister to reprimand the President of the Treasury Board. French is being systemically neglected in government communications. COVID alerts are being sent in English only. Departments are holding Zoom meetings in English only. Official languages impact analyses are being ignored.
Even worse, in committee, the President of the Treasury Board blamed his public servants. As minister, he is responsible for enforcing compliance with Canada's Official Languages Act. Does the Prime Minister intend to reprimand the President of the Treasury Board, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, we have no lessons to learn from the Conservative Party about protecting the French language.
The Conservative Party always cut funds for linguistic minorities across the country, and it eliminated the support program that made it possible for people to defend their rights in court. To this day, that party still refuses to commit to appointing only judges who know French to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Liberal government will always be there to protect French both inside and outside Quebec, because we know it is essential for our country.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 15:07
Mr. Speaker, Liberal members from Quebec refuse to fight for the French language.
The President of the Treasury Board is from Quebec City and yet, during the pandemic, he refused to enforce the Official Languages Act. This posed health risks for the francophone population and also led to the WE Charity scandal.
Why are so few Liberal members standing up for the French language?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Party will always stand up for the French language.
That is why we have always worked to protect linguistic minorities outside Quebec. We will always work to protect French in Quebec and we will always appoint only bilingual judges to the Supreme Court of Canada.
I have given the leader of the official opposition plenty of opportunities to do so, but he has never committed to appointing only bilingual judges to the Supreme Court. Why?
View Helena Jaczek Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, when the first wave of this pandemic hit Canada, child care providers from across the country were particularly hard hit. In many cases, this meant that mothers were forced to leave their jobs and stay home to take care of their children. This is leading to what some are calling a “she-cession”.
Can the Prime Minister tell us how the fall economic statement proposes to address this?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Markham—Stouffville for her incredibly hard work.
We recognize the extraordinary and disproportionate toll this pandemic has taken on women. Investing in accessible, high-quality and affordable child care is not only good for families, it makes economic sense.
With the fall economic statement, we have laid the groundwork for a Canada-wide child care system with a new federal secretariat on early learning and child care. By taking this step, we are charting a clear and meaningful path forward to deliver this system for women and families across the country.
View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, public transit will be key to our economic recovery after COVID, but the government keeps saying no to York Region. The Yonge subway extension would create 60,000 jobs, reduce gridlock and deliver economic growth for the entire GTA. York Region has met all the federal government demands and the Ontario government has committed to invest.
What is the government waiting for? Why will it not just say yes to the Yonge subway extension?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, this government has invested more money in public transit, both in the past five years and in future years, than any government in Canada's history. We have continued to work with the provinces and with municipalities to deliver on public transit, and we look forward to delivering on the public transit priorities of the Ontario government. We are waiting on more clarity from them. We look forward to working with them on delivering for Canadians right across the country and Ontarians right across Ontario.
View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, the Yonge subway extension is York Region's top priority, but the government refuses to invest. The Yonge line is at capacity, with 800,000 commuters a day and almost 100,000 of them passing through Finch. For jobs, economic recovery and growth, the GTA needs a union station of the north.
York Region has delivered everything the government has asked for. No more excuses, no more delays. Will the government just say yes and get the Yonge subway extension on track?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, on top of moving forward with historic investments in public transit and infrastructure across the country over the past years and into the coming years, we have also committed to work in partnership with provincial governments. We are waiting on the provincial government in Ontario to move forward with its plans on the York subway extension because we are there to be partners and invest, but we need to see the plan.
View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-12-02 15:12
Mr. Speaker, York Region is one of the fastest growing parts of the country. Every day, 100,000 commuters pass through the Finch station. I took the Yonge line myself for five years as a commuter. Extending the Yonge subway line will take cars off the road and shorten commute times so that people can get to their families in Vaughan, Markham and Newmarket.
When is the government finally going to commit to funding the Yonge line expansion?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, we are there with hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure projects and public transit projects in the GTA and across the country. We simply need the member opposite, the Leader of the Opposition, to give a nudge to his friends at Queen's Park to move forward with a plan that we can support and deliver for the people in York Region.
View Bryan May Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bryan May Profile
2020-12-02 15:13
Mr. Speaker, we all have seen the impact of COVID-19 on our economy and witnessed the toll this has taken on many small businesses across the country, including many in rural and remote communities.
Could the Prime Minister provide more information on how the recent fall economic statement will support Canadian small businesses, the backbone of our economy?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Cambridge for all of his hard work and advocacy on behalf of his constituents and, indeed, small businesses.
We know businesses need support during this second wave. That is why we are raising the maximum wage subsidy rate back to 75%. We are also introducing the new highly affected sectors credit availability program for those hardest-hit businesses. We are topping up the regional relief and recovery fund for businesses that are unable to access other supports.
We will ensure that Canada's small businesses continue to have the support they need as we fight the second wave and position ourselves for a strong recovery.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, in the face of a climate crisis, the Liberals adopted the Conservatives' targets and have not even managed to meet them.
Worse yet, we fall further behind year after year, and they do not even want to review these targets for 10 years.
Their economic update was dismal from an environmental standpoint. They keep talking about three billion trees but have yet to plant a single one. The update makes no mention of creating jobs in renewable energies.
Does the Liberals' green plan involve anything beyond wasting $20 billion to buy an old pipeline and ignoring the pollution created by GNL Québec?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Canadians voted for a government that is committed to protecting the environment. We have accomplished a lot in the past five years. We introduced legislation to achieve net-zero emissions, we put a price on pollution across the country, we invested in clean energy, we banned plastics, and we protected 14% of our marine areas.
There is still a lot of work to do, which is why we are committed to proposing an improved plan that will enable us to exceed the 2030 emission targets.
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