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View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
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2020-06-15 11:47
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Briefly but importantly, I want to thank Mr. Erskine-Smith for bringing that motion forth. I'll be supporting that motion.
It's unreal that during this time, when our system of monopolization has resulted in significant revenues for grocery stores, this would take place. I'm hoping we can do a further analysis with regard to a riding like mine, where there is disproportionate reduction in service in poor and more challenged areas, versus more economically advantaged areas. That is also reflected in staffing, consumer supports, pricing, the way the facility looks and its overall business plan for the area. In fact, some areas are not even serviced by some of these chains because of the challenges they present. I hope we can have a good discussion about that because nutrition is important for equality, and there is a problem of systemic discrimination among these chains with regard to some of the services they're providing in certain neighbourhoods.
With that, my first question is for Mr. Wakil and Mr. Krane. Keeping the status quo is, for the most part, what you're advocating, so what specifically has Canada gotten right that other countries are doing wrong? I ask this because an analysis of this shows that we're different. What tangible results and specific statistics can you point to that have economically advantaged us, either through the creation of new products and services or GDP, because of the type of system we have, which is different from those of other countries?
Maybe Mr. Krane could answer first, and then Mr. Wakil.
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