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View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:03
I call this meeting to order.
Welcome back to meeting number 23 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Pursuant to the orders of reference of April 11 and May 26, 2020, the committee is resuming its study on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's meeting is taking place via video conference, and the proceedings will be made available on the House of Commons website. The webcast will always show the person speaking, rather than the entirety of the committee.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, please click on the microphone icon to activate your mike. I remind everyone to please use the language channel of the language they are speaking.
I want to begin by thanking our witnesses for their patience with our aborted attempt at this meeting last week and for their co-operation in agreeing to reappear this week. I also want to let members of Parliament know that with regard to our second panel, we received a cancellation from MKO less than two hours ago, so we have only one witness for the second panel. The witnesses on the first panel have graciously agreed to remain.
For the first hour we're going to have representatives from Homeward Trust Edmonton and from Mortgage Professionals Canada. For the second hour we'll have Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain as well as the witnesses from the first hour.
Without further ado, I want to welcome Susan McGee and Giri Puligandla from Homeward Trust Edmonton, as well as Elaine Taylor and Paul Taylor from Mortgage Professionals Canada.
I understand Ms. McGee is going to be giving the presentation for Homeward Trust Edmonton. You have the floor, Ms. McGee. Please go ahead.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:16
Thank you very much, Ms. McGee.
Next we'll hear from Mortgage Professionals Canada.
Ms. Taylor, you have the floor.
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Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:23
Thank you, Mr. Taylor and Ms. Taylor.
We will begin our questions with Ms. Kusie for the Conservatives.
You have six minutes.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:24
Go ahead.
View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:24
Very well.
Mr. Clerk, I believe that this does touch on the business of the committee.
Mrs. Kusie, is it your wish that this serve as notice of motion; or do you want the motion debated now?
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Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:25
Thank you, Mrs. Kusie. I'm happy to set aside time at a future meeting. I would, however, say that CMHC seems to me to be a relevant witness. It would simply be a matter of adding them to the witness list. I think the only thing that's particularly unique about the motion is the request that they be there for two hours. We may or may not need to debate this, but thank you for providing notice.
Go ahead with your six minutes.
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Lib. (PE)
View Sean Casey Profile
2020-08-17 15:32
Thank you.
Next on my list is Ms. Young, but I have a note that she is having some technical difficulties and is trying to get back on, so the next slot is for the Liberals.
Mr. Vaughan, would you like to proceed, or is there someone else on the Liberal side ready to go?
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'm good to go.
As a very quick reassurance, Mr. Taylor, the minister and the head of CMHC have both rejected the idea and communicated that to your organization. The line of questioning we just heard, while interesting, is not applicable to any policy decision the government is going to make.
Mr. Taylor, we've communicated that we're not pursuing that idea under any circumstance. That's been communicated to you.
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thanks very much.
Ms. McGee, I have a couple of questions on Reaching Home.
We have been asked by some of the opposition parties to end Reaching Home and to send the dollars straight to provincial capitals and not to front-line services, particularly in B.C., by the member for Vancouver East, Ms. Kwan. What would the impact of that be on some of the prairie provinces—Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta—where support for homeless services, in particular harm reduction, has been very slow to meet the front-line needs of a COVID response?
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
In terms of the $19-billion restart fund that we just delivered to the provinces and territories, how much of that have you received so far?
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
That's out of the restart program that we just recently shipped to.... It's federal money that's being distributed by the province to your organization.
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
That's the risk of funding the provinces and asking them to do federal work. Sometimes the provinces have different priorities, and therefore the money wouldn't get to the front lines. And it hasn't.
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
In terms of the acquisition of assets to support distancing people, quarantining people and providing health services, how many sites has your organization helped secure during COVID to provide more stable housing for individuals who are in precarious situations?
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
I have one last quick question. In terms of the CERB or basic income delivered by the federal government, and in terms of housing supports for individuals, do the supports work better when the assets are owned? That would drive down the cost of delivering those programs. Would you recommend that we support the acquisition of sites as we build out supportive housing networks across the country to deal with both COVID and homelessness going forward?
View Adam Vaughan Profile
Lib. (ON)
To be clear here, basic income works, but it works better when there's affordable housing attached to it. In other words, if there's a system to tie it to, then basic income goes further, works harder and provides more support for people.
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