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View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
I cannot hear you. The sound is not loud enough. There has been no interpretation since the beginning. That is why I was trying to say something.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
There has not been any interpretation since the beginning. I don't know whether it is due to how fast we are speaking, but I think there is rather another issue. There is no interpretation.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I have noted the same thing as Ms. Gill. It has been like this from the beginning. It is probably due to the fact that the speaker has no microphone. That should be resolved, as we cannot hear her at all.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Point of order, Mr. Chair. I'm sorry, but there's just a lot of echoing going on.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, we can hear very little if anything. Even when you speak, we cannot hear you.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I can barely hear you. I am not blaming the interpreters for this, but we are losing the interpretation regularly because of sound issues.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
It was on the same point. It was echoing and I couldn't hear a thing.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I will share my time with Ms. Gill.
I am speaking to you, Ms. Schirle.
I will first make a comment. In a few minutes, you provided us with an analysis of the current challenges related to workers—in the context of the crisis—and going forward. Much of your analysis is similar to mine, especially concerning women. They are on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic.
As you said, the jobs that could be lost in a number of areas are jobs held primarily by women. So I will put a broader question to you. We know that the government must conduct a gender-based analysis for each of its policies. Do you think the gender issue has been taken into account sufficiently in the government's economic response plan measures?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I'm sorry. I will turn it on, thank you.
You said that the Canada emergency response benefit has been beneficial. It should be pointed out that the benefit has been used to cover what our employment insurance system or our social safety net does not cover. The CERB covers a number of categories of workers who did not qualify for employment insurance.
We know that the CERB will end. Do you think the employment insurance system will be revised, so that workers would be eligible for it and so that the social safety net would be wider?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
I will also address you, Ms. Schirle.
Ms. Chabot asked you about employment insurance. The way that system currently works is particularly problematic for a category of individuals—those employed in seasonal industries. Those workers are in a black hole every year. Some measures currently exist, but seasonal workers are experiencing insecurity because they don't know how their situation will be resolved this fall.
What actions do you propose be taken to help those workers? Among others, I am thinking of workers involved in the fisheries and tourism industries.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is for Ms. Guy.
On the issue around spousal maintenance and child maintenance, individuals who have lost that support are not eligible to receive the Canada emergency response benefit because that income is not deemed to be earned income.
Can you advise on whether spousal maintenance is taxable income?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Then, from that perspective, taxes are paid on that spousal support or child maintenance, yet they don't qualify for the emergency benefit from the government. In your submission, you mentioned that this needs to be fixed. I believe you offered a couple of scenarios.
Could you repeat that for me, please?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Regardless, though, what is needed is for the government to ensure that vulnerable families who rely on spousal maintenance or child maintenance get emergency support during this pandemic, because as it stands right now, they don't have access to that benefit.
The government argues that they are already doing so much. For example, they are giving the child tax benefit to families already, and there's the GST rebate. They feel that perhaps that is sufficient, but I don't know, because they haven't taken action to rectify this glaring problem.
Can you comment on the issue around the child tax benefit, or perhaps even the GST rebate, in terms of that amount being received by families?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Isn't it the case that the child tax benefit and the GST rebate applies to everyone? Even the people who do qualify for CERB will get that as well. However, for families who are reliant on spousal maintenance and child maintenance, they don't have another source of income, and the government is simply arguing that the child tax benefit and the GST rebate is sufficient for them to survive on during this pandemic.
What are your thoughts on that?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
We've heard from other witnesses today that women primarily are impacted during the pandemic. In this instance related to child maintenance and spousal support, what are the demographics of the people who rely on that source of income to survive?
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