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View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-06 13:47
Thank you.
Although I don't necessarily have questions for the Canadian Juries Commission, I want to say that any laughter you heard was disbelief, not humour. That's remarkable. The notion that we're going to put people in harm's way in the name of the public interest without giving them the tools to be well on the back end is unconscionable to me. I want to thank you for your advocacy.
I'll begin with Egale. You mentioned that one recommendation you'd be hoping to see would be a $12-million contribution to community organizations. I tried to do a bit of quick math here, and if it were a population-based share, my home province of Nova Scotia would probably see about $350,000. I have two concerns. The first is figuring out why $12 million is the correct amount. The second is that I realize that in a lot of smaller communities, like some of those I represent, the organizations are made up of good-natured volunteers who see a need that's going unmet but have virtually no capacity to fill out sometimes complicated calls for proposals. They're lucky if they can sometimes find the volunteer hours to submit an application for the Canada summer jobs program.
Are there safeguards we can put in place to make sure there is enough funding and a simplified application process for these community organizations so that, regardless of their volunteer capacity or lack of paid positions, they're actually able to access funding that might be attributed to such an important cause?
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-06 13:50
Thank you so much. I have very limited time, and I want to ask a couple of other questions, if you don't mind.
To Mr. Lamy from Intact, you mentioned some of the challenges tied to climate change for the insurance sector, particularly flooding, flood mapping and the need to assist with the cost of relocation and devaluation of property. One comment you made jumped out at me, and that was the importance of better using grasslands and wetlands to mitigate the impact of climate change for your industry and more broadly for society. I'm curious to know whether you meant protection or restoration.
How can we best use grasslands and wetlands to reduce the cost of climate change for plan members and taxpayers?
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-06 13:51
Do I have a short question left, Mr. Chair?
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-06 13:51
Thank you.
To JDRF, thank you for your work. It's absolutely remarkable. I have two very quick questions.
I understand that there's a real problem sometimes when someone loses access to the disability tax credit. If they age out, for example, they lose access not just to the disability tax credit but also to the contributions that have been made to a registered disability savings plan. There was a fix that you suggested for the disability tax credit, around life-sustaining therapy automatically qualifying. Would that take care of both issues?
Part two of the question is about Diabetes 360°, which we heard about previously. You mentioned that it would save billions of dollars in downstream costs to the health care system. Do you have a breakdown of how those cost savings could accrue, which perhaps you could submit to the committee? I don't think we have time in this question to get to it now.
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-06 13:52
Thank you.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Colleagues, this meeting of the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations will come to order.
Mr. Harris, I understand you have a point of order.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Let me check with the clerk.
We received several documents at 4 p.m. today that will be distributed tomorrow morning. I'm not sure whether that is one of them. The clerk will check on that. Hopefully, we can have an answer to that question before the end of the meeting, or perhaps at the end of the meeting.
Colleagues, before us today we have His Excellency Ambassador Dominic Barton, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the People's Republic of China. With him, from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, is Mr. Shawn Steil, executive director, Greater China.
Ambassador, you'll have 20 minutes for your opening statement, followed of course by questions.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Ambassador.
Our first questioner today is Mr. Genuis.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you. I'm sorry, but you've exceeded your time.
Ambassador, I'm afraid you'll have to wait for an opportunity if you wish to respond to that.
We're on to Mr. Fragiskatos.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
You have five seconds.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you Mr. Fragiskatos.
Monsieur Bergeron.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Please be very brief, Ambassador.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Bergeron, your time is up. You may be able to continue later. Thank you.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Harris.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
You have 30 seconds, Jack.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Harris.
We'll now go to the second round. Members have five minutes each.
Mr. Genuis.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Order. I just ask members to show respect and make sure that we have a chance to hear from each person, because we have interpreters, of course, and they need to have time to interpret.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
You have 30 seconds.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Genuis.
Ms. Yip.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before you go on, Ambassador, I want to ask all members to try to make sure that when a question is asked, the witness has an opportunity to answer. Of course, I think there was, but I just want to point that out.
Ambassador.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Ms. Yip.
Now we have Mr. Albas.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Albas.
Mr. Oliphant.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
On a point of order, Mr. Genuis.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Genuis, this is a matter of debate.
Mr. Oliphant.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Oliphant.
I'm now going to give two and a half minutes to Monsieur Bergeron and then to Mr. Harris. After that, if members agree, we'll take a five-minute health break, if that's all right. Members can let me know their views on that.
Mr. Bergeron.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Bergeron, your two and a half minutes are up. However, I'll let Mr. Barton briefly respond.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Bergeron.
Mr. Harris.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Harris.
Colleagues, we're going to add the five minutes onto the end of the meeting, but we'll suspend for now.
Ambassador, I understand that when we come back you'd like to correct something from earlier on, and I'll give you an opportunity to do that.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
We'll add that as well, if you don't mind, to the time for the meeting.
The meeting is suspended.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm calling the meeting back to order.
I understand you don't have a statement, Mr. Ambassador.
We're still on five minutes.
Ms. Alleslev.
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