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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
The investigation has nothing to do with it because we know how the data breach happened. We also have an idea of where the data was sent, but, at the moment, that is not what we are interested in. We know that someone, somewhere on the planet, has our information and is in a position to harm us by stealing our identity. So we want to know whether our agencies can become proactively involved or, if not, what can be done.
You have a solution in my case, so that is already something that the public could be told about. It is important to do that quickly because people are not in a very good mood during their holidays. Then we will have to see if something else can be done.
The issue of the social insurance number has come up everywhere. A number of suggestions have been made. You are responsible for that file and you are saying that nothing can be done, at least not in that way. These are the answers that people need to hear. But the fact remains that we have to leave here telling people what the government can do to help, first Desjardins and second, the 2.9 million people who have been affected. We are hearing a lot about internal protocols, but, for the Canadians listening to us, that does not mean a lot. This is why I want to hear clear answers. I know that you are giving them when you can, but basically, when we leave here, we will need to know what can be done.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Fine.
In your introduction, you mentioned very humbly and respectfully that you had some questions. Personally, I would have liked to know your answers as an expert in your field. I don't remember your first question very well, but it was still interesting. You were wondering if Canada had an adequate system for social insurance numbers, for example. I would like to know your perspective on this.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I have a supplementary question, which will probably be the last one. I am addressing Mr. Cormier, the citizen.
You made a very important announcement this morning. You said that the protection applies to all members, whether or not they are affected by this unfortunate event. You said all they have to do is call you and you can take care of them. You will establish contacts, take action and take the necessary steps.
Do you think that's exactly the kind of attitude that the government, the federal state, should have right now towards the 2.9 million Canadian citizens?
Citizens are being asked to contact us, and I think it is the federal government that should contact citizens. Let's say that citizens are communicating with the federal government, shouldn't the federal government have the same approach as you and say that it takes care of everything?
The representative of Employment and Social Development Canada said that, if citizens' social insurance numbers were changed, they would have to call all their former employers. That's not what you're doing. You, incredibly, say you're going to take care of everyone at the last minute.
As a citizen, would you like the federal government to act in the same way towards the affected members?
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