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View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2019-02-19 9:18
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Some of the businesses that we've heard from and the representatives.... Is there a kind of working group that could be created? Are there thoughts of a different approach to what has been done in the past? The term they continue to use is “red tape”. Could you elaborate on whether or not there could be a different approach? They've offered suggestions of what's been done in British Columbia and a few other places.
Could I have your thoughts on that and how your department would respond to that suggestion?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2019-02-19 9:19
I know Ontario is now talking about another one. It seems to be ideologically driven as opposed to anything else. They haven't really outlined a plan. It still is something that they want to go after. It's not a negative criticism in terms of the ideology of where it comes from. It's like, if you want to create a regulation you have to get rid of two, or something like that. It's just kind of an equation. British Columbia has moved on that, too.
Do I understand there will be a review that would include those best practices from other jurisdictions? They are looking for something concrete to come back. They are not ruled out, but they are going to be evaluated, I suppose.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2019-02-19 9:21
That's why I characterize it as ideological. I'm not trying to be negative about the sense of it, but it seems to be driven by a political position versus that of real results and success.
Is there any measurement in terms of elimination of regulation and the potential harm or impact to businesses and public safety? One thing that isn't discussed is the flip side to this. Some of the regulatory practices are in place because some people didn't want to follow best practices or proper practices and required basically behaviour modification in the industry either to ensure their products were safety-related or to ensure that the competition they were doing was fair. This committee was part of that work to put pressure on the government almost a decade ago to end the corporate deductibility of fines and penalties. Some people abused regulations and used fines and penalties as expenses as part of their business model and would claim that back at tax time.
Is there anything done to measure when a regulatory regime is changed and what the potential impact is not only for consumers for health and safety standards, but also for other businesses?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2019-02-19 9:22
Can that be shared with our committee though? I think it would be important if there are measurements taking place with those. I would like to hear those. For example, I know that the pharmaceutical industry at times has complained about Health Canada and getting through the process. At the same time, you're right. I know that for the supplement industry and others, we have some of the better standards and regulatory practices that actually allow us to enter into markets that would otherwise have been closed. We do sometimes fast-track.
Is there any information about that or are there examples that you can actually provide to the committee?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2019-02-19 9:24
Yes. I know I'm probably out of time, Mr. Chair.
In everything from energy drinks and so forth, these new emerging products have significant health consequences. It's a balance.
View Sheila Malcolmson Profile
NDP (BC)
You're a great chair.
On my first question, I'm going to speak from my own experience in Canada and the riding of Nanaimo—Ladysmith that I represent.
We're hearing a lot from people on the ground in British Columbia about the lack of capacity within Canada's immigration system to handle the massive influx of applications. The particularly painful one for families is when they apply to sponsor a family member or hope that their study permit will be extended, and they have to wait and wait and wait. There's stress on the family. They're unsure of their status. They're separated. They're unable to make long-term plans because of feeling like they're in limbo and a constant state of uncertainty.
Last year, this committee recommended that Canada provide more information to applicants to explain its visa denials. Right now what we get is a kind of terse and generic letter that doesn't provide any detail of the specific reasons for the denial. People don't know the reasons, and if they want to reapply they don't know how they might be able to correct that.
I'm curious. Given the volume of migrants that the EU has experienced, do you have programs in place so that visa applicants have a clear idea of the road map ahead of them, but especially to explain their visa denials so that they can be properly amended and have some assistance in navigating the bureaucracy?
View Pierre-Luc Dusseault Profile
NDP (QC)
Do you mean that if a counterpart adds a regulation on the one-for-one rule, it would give the Canadian department the right to add another one to balance it out?
View Pierre-Luc Dusseault Profile
NDP (QC)
In the case of a cost reduction, a reduction of administrative burden in the U.S., for example, it would give Health Canada, for example, the right or the authority to take one burden, one measure. As you said, it would give her the right, in her bank of regulations, to put in another one.
View Pierre-Luc Dusseault Profile
NDP (QC)
As long as the other countries and partners around the world are fine with reducing the burden, Canada can at much the same pace increase the burden on Canadian business in Canada?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
I am just following up on the two lines of questioning. I think Mr. Nicholson was sort of going down the vein of how the requirement or the addition of this may increase workloads and so on. In previous studies on the state of our justice system, I think we've all realized that there's not a simple fix to this. It has many facets. It involves bringing in more judges and also devoting a lot of resources to the court system.
In the process of coming forward with this bill—and I know you're quite passionate about it and that you have done a lot of consultation—did you consider that the administration of justice is the responsibility of our provincial governments? Have you gotten any feedback officially from provincial governments on what this might do to their administrative burden and so on?
View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm just having trouble with something like this because it seems that, in a lot of instances in the bill, the minister basically can't move ahead without getting the commissioner's authorization. Then in that instance you'd be able to extend without the commissioner's authorization.
I'm just wondering if it creates a difficult situation when it comes to the chain of command, for a lack of a better term.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jenny Kwan Profile
2017-10-17 19:43
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses for their presentations.
Mr. Hatcher, you mentioned in your presentation that with regard to the pilot program, you know of a group who was excluded from being able to get into the pilot program because their business existed for fewer than two years. Did I hear you correctly?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jenny Kwan Profile
2016-10-25 17:06
You also mentioned the difficulties for people to get information and updates about the status of the application. We hear that all the time as well. Our offices are inundated with constituents who want us to try to get them information.
I wonder if you can elaborate and give us specific examples of those issues with the call centre, and then suggest what needs to change in order for people to access information regarding the status of the application.
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