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View Annick Papillon Profile
NDP (QC)
View Annick Papillon Profile
2015-06-16 12:25
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for joining us today. It's really nice to hear from you.
I have several questions to ask, so I will try to be brief, while touching on all the topics I want to discuss.
There is a lot of talk about the perennial issue of balance between basic research and applied research. As we know, we need applied research because it is a key component of science.
I would like to take the time to quote David Robinson, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He said the following:
When it comes to supporting university-based research, the federal government has an unbalanced approach. [...] The government continues to miss the fact that real innovation and scientific advancements are driven by long-term basic research, not short-term market demands.
Do you think more investments are needed in basic research? If so, how should those investments be made? I would also like you to talk about the role of education and basic research in stimulating innovation.
I saw our guests smiling.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to go back to Mr. McLean.
In my riding of Drummond, the CRECQ, the Conseil régional de l’environnement du Centre-du-Québec, the regional environmental council, received funds from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk for two endangered species, the Northern spring salamander and the wood turtle.
For some years now we have observed that there are some big issues with the Endangered Species Act. The government had to go to court for the sage grouse and the orca in British Colombia. Currently it is also in court for the striped chorus frog in Quebec. This problem is very serious and that is why the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk is so important; we have benefited from it at various times in Drummondville and in the Centre-du-Québec region.
Currently, is the Habitat Stewardship Program an annual program? Can people submit a three-year project, or something similar?
I think that would have to be renewed every year. Is that the case?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
If I understand correctly, a project funded through the Habitat Stewardship Program can be subsidized for three years. Is that correct?
I think that normally it is one year at a time. You have to obtain a renewal for a second year, and so on.
View François Lapointe Profile
NDP (QC)
If I understood correctly, you spoke about a $15-million investment that would be required to improve the North Shore salmon habitat. What are your impressions about these investment needs? What role should the federal government play here?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
You said your assistance was turned down by the government. Was that just on the part of the provincial government or the federal government as well?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the two witnesses for appearing and for their testimony.
Mr. Morrice, you just talked about how important it is for municipalities and provinces to participate. What role does the federal government play in your initiatives? Actually, the question is also for Ms. Ryan.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
Ms. Ryan, I have the same question for you. I know that you have good partnerships with municipalities and the province. Can you explain the federal government's role?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
What would you recommend to the committee concerning the federal government's role? Some programs are ad hoc and do not have long-term funding. Do you have any recommendations?
View Hoang Mai Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I also want to thank the witnesses for participating in today's meeting, including those from Vancouver and the City of Montreal. I will begin with the City of Montreal.
Mr. Perez, you talked about some challenges—to say the least—in terms of public transportation. You also talked about the fund the government announced and pointed out some issues with it, including the fact that it is a PPP and will be awarded on merit. You are not the only one to have shared those concerns. In this committee's meetings, we have heard a number of municipal representatives complain about the lack of information on the terms and conditions of the allocated funds.
Have you obtained more information? What are your concerns when it comes to the way the funding will be allocated, for example to the City of Montreal, with the terms and conditions not yet being well-defined?
View Isabelle Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Since we only have five minutes, my questions will be short.
Ms. Schroeder, I am very interested in the mental health of seniors. The numbers you gave us are very troubling. Many seniors tell me about the obstacles they are facing. You talked at length about shame, which we often hear about. It is not always easy for children to realize that their parents have mental health problems. They wonder how to meet with responders and how to help their parents.
Your approach is much more centred on cooperation. You mentioned a few practical examples. If you know of any model initiatives on awareness, prevention and reducing the stigma, could you tell us about them? What could we do? What are the model initiatives? What is the role of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in sharing these initiatives?
You also talked about housing, which I think is very important. I sometimes receive people at my office who tell me that they have trouble finding housing. This is a challenge first, because they are seniors and, second, because they have mental health problems. It is very difficult for them to find housing. Do you have solutions to suggest to us?
View Isabelle Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
My understanding is that families gave you substantial sums of money to help you establish your foundation. Now, you operate through fundraising. You are lucky to have had access to that money in your community.
What do you think the government's role is? If we wanted to apply your model in other cities, villages or communities in Canada, what kind of a role could the government play to help a similar project see the light of day?
View Pierre Nantel Profile
NDP (QC)
You were one of the recipients of a Governor General's award in 2014, along with Louise Lecavalier. The Canada Council of the Arts gives out these awards through the Governor General.
Do you have the feeling that there is a lack of recognition by the Department of Canadian Heritage of these institutions and associations? Beyond the artist and creator on the stage, there are associations and schools, as well. Do you have the feeling that there is an inconsistency here? You spoke about your funding. You lost—
View Stéphane Dion Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, Monsieur Laurent, Madame Bissonnette, Madam Maboungou, and Madam Molnar. Thank you so much for being with us.
In our eight minutes can we discuss the way in which the federal government may be a better partner for you? Is there something we should improve?
Ms. Bissonnette, you talked about apprentices.
Is that an area we can have an impact on?
Is there anything we can do to help you, as far as apprentices are concerned?
View Stéphane Dion Profile
Lib. (QC)
Is it your sense that it should be provincial? Or do you care whether it's provincial or federal as long as it's done?
View Stéphane Dion Profile
Lib. (QC)
Good.
Madam Sundstrom, you were the one, if I'm not wrong, who mentioned the issue of the preparations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Can I ask if you received a clear sense of what you need to do to be part of these celebrations? Do you need to prepare? Do you have the sense that government, or the minister, gave to the arts community of Canada a direction about how you may be involved?
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