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View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, Minister, for attending today.
I'm going to offer you a deal here. Our time is limited. I'll try to keep my questions short, and perhaps you can keep your responses equally short. Does that sound all right?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
I'm sorry it was an ordeal. I enjoyed myself quite a bit.
Recently, in Europe, you made a comment about how the pathway to better economic growth is to make it easier for employers to lay off workers. Which country were you referring to when you made those comments?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
You didn't make that comment in reference to France or Greece that perhaps relaxing some labour laws would assist in the economic growth?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Let's try with something you just said.
You've said your plan is working, yet Governor Poloz referred to the situation of the economy as “atrocious”. Just last week, Doug Porter, the chief economist of the Bank of Montreal, said that Canada is experiencing the “unluckiest” recovery ever. BMO says that Canada is currently experiencing the worst economic growth outside of a recession in three decades.
How could you possibly come to the conclusion that you plan is working when the economy is so sluggish, with zero to no growth?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
You know it contracted last quarter, yes, Minister?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Right, so when BMO says Canada is experiencing the worst economic growth outside of recession in three decades, you blow that off and say it's the fault of the global economy and the Americans, and say your plan is working when it's not.
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
I'm sure you do.
Last year, 2014-15, you ran a deficit of approximately $2 billion. Is that correct?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Well, about $2 billion is what your department has estimated, yet you're backdating and spending $2 billion on income splitting, which does nothing for 85% of Canadian families. Do you think it's right to borrow money to help out the wealthiest 15% of Canadian families?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all our witnesses today. I'll keep my questions as brief as I can.
Ms. Seaborn and Mr. Champagne, if I look at the last comment from Mr. Farrell, there's a bit of a suggestion that perhaps if we protect interns, under that third part of the labour code, against excessive hours of work, sexual harassment, and arbitrary dismissal, it may in fact reduce the internship opportunities available for young Canadians. Is this a concern for either of you?
Perhaps, Ms. Seaborn, you can start.
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Okay. Thank you very much, both of you.
Ms. Seaborn, you've helped raise this issue to national significance. I think it's important. There's obviously a shifting context, as has been talked about, in the employment market that young Canadians in particular face. Keeping internships up to some sort of modern and acceptable standard has not seemed to be of interest to the government.
Mr. Gleason, I think making this an issue of decency is important as well.
Madam Legault, I want to turn to you for a moment. I think you've given us an important piece today on the timeline of what has happened. Have we seen this before in Canadian law?
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