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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to my colleague Mr. Ste-Marie and to the witnesses for their expertise.
As the Bloc Québécois critic for arts and culture, I will essentially focus on that sphere of activity.
We applaud the fact that the CERB has been extended. As Ms. Prégent said, and, as all your speakers and representatives have said on many occasions during the consultations, it will clearly not be enough, simply because most of the economic activity for artists and workers in the creative industry takes place during the summer.
It is often during that period that things get really busy, so that you can put a little aside, in a little piggy bank, as they say, in preparation for the quieter periods that sometimes happen in the cultural sector in November or through the winter.
My question is for Ms. Prégent or Ms. St-Onge. In the next sessions of Parliament, we might be able to convince the government to create a special CERB or, even to see the extended CERB like an investment. My introduction will be a long one, but I will listen to you afterwards.
In 2017, we learned that the culture industry was contributing $53 billion to Canada's GDP. This is the Standing Committee on Finance, so it is very helpful to provide such significant numbers. It is a little more than agriculture, so it is quite astounding. It shocked me personally; I was surprised to see it. You could consider that extending the CERB is a way of investing in economic benefits in the future. With no culture, there will be a $53 billion hole in the country's budget for next year.
Ms. St-Onge and Ms. Prégent, what do you think of the possibility of seeing it as an investment?
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