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View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Chair, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role of technology to connect with family, friends and society. Unfortunately, many of my constituents in Fundy Royal have been unable to take advantage of the many forms of digital communication due to a lack of access to high-speed Internet. As many employers across Canada asked employees to work from home, those in rural communities with weak Internet connections are left at a disadvantage.
The federal government needs to act and ensure that investments are made in rural, high-speed Internet. Importantly, it needs to ensure transparency for those investments to residents so they know where and when to expect improvements. Rural Canadians across Canada have waited long enough. It's time for action.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Chair, there remains a concern across Canada that delays in the criminal courts could result in criminals walking free. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court recently said in an interview that amendments to the Criminal Code could allow this backlog to be addressed. Can the minister outline what work has been done to address the backlog, and when we can expect to see it addressed?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, weeks ago I raised these concerns with the minister over backlogs in the criminal courts and the risk they present to our justice system. The provinces have significant insight into how this can be addressed, and many provinces have been proactive with their court backlogs. Can the minister outline what work has been done with the provinces on this important issue?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Many owners of small businesses in my riding, and indeed in all of our ridings, are suffering right now and have received absolutely no help from this government because of technicalities.
Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister indicated the government was looking to expand access to the Canada emergency business account to include to those who operate their businesses out of a personal bank account. This is something that we've been calling for over the past several weeks, and businesses cannot wait any longer.
Can the minister tell me what we should be telling our constituents about those who are caught up based on a technicality and are not able to access this important measure?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
The lack of access to high-speed Internet remains a major issue across my home province of New Brunswick. This is a significant barrier to rural economic development. It impacts the quality of life of rural constituents. The lack of progress and transparency on rural Internet is frustrating for residents, for municipal leaders and for small business owners who are already suffering due to COVID.
When will a new plan for rural Internet be introduced, and how quickly can we expect it to be deployed?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
On the issue of commercial rent, how is the government going to ensure that business owners whose landlords still refuse to participate in the government's program receive the support that they need to stay open at this time?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This is an ongoing issue that is impacting small businesses all over my riding and small businesses from coast to coast to coast in our great country.
Two weeks ago I asked the minister about businesses that continue to fall through the cracks, businesses that are not eligible for supports for the simple fact that they have operated their business out of a personal bank account rather than opening up a business bank account. They qualify in every other way except for the bank account they operate from.
When I asked the minister about this a couple of weeks ago, it was indicated that help would be coming, yet we have not seen it. Where is the help for businesses that are struggling and are at risk of closing down permanently?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, applicants to the regional relief and recovery fund program in Atlantic Canada are to receive help through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. They are required to attest that they've applied to other government programs before being deemed eligible for support.
Let's think of what that means. It means that they are required to have applied for a program even if they know they do not qualify. Even if they have been told by their accountant or their lawyer that they do not qualify, they are being told that they must attest to having applied for one of these other programs. This means they are applying for a program like CERB, CEBA, or the wage subsidy even if they know they are not eligible.
Is it the government's intention to have small business owners apply for programs they know they are not eligible for in order to receive support from Canada's regional development agencies like ACOA?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
I thank the minister for her answer, but this gets to the very question being asked of businesses before they apply. They have to attest that they've applied for one of these other programs in order to be eligible. I would be happy to take the minister up on the offer to help out with specific cases, but there are many cases across our country of business owners receiving advice from professionals that they're not eligible for these other programs. That cannot be a criterion. If we want to help these businesses, it cannot be a criterion for accessing programming under ACOA that they have applied to another program for which they are not eligible.
Will the minister commit to clarifying this so that a business isn't being asked to do something they know they ought not to do?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, Canadians need to have faith in their justice system, even in a time of crisis. My office has received correspondence from Canadians concerned that trial delays due to COVID-19 may result in criminals walking free.
As this government has been working overtime to criminalize law-abiding citizens with new and useless gun laws, will the Minister of Justice ensure that real criminals will not walk free as a result of delays in the justice system?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, the regional relief and recovery fund was announced weeks ago as a way to help small and medium-sized businesses in rural communities, like those in my riding. In Atlantic Canada, these funds were to be distributed to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. This is yet another announcement with no details from this Liberal government.
Can the minister clarify whether we are days away or weeks away from this support flowing to the businesses that need it so desperately?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, my office has heard from many small business owners who have reached out to me. I know many have reached out to many of my colleagues and probably to all of us here today. They are frustrated by the eligibility requirements for some of the federal programs. In particular, they are unable to access the emergency business account, because they do not have a payroll. This could be the hair salon in my riding that subcontracts out its chairs. There are hundreds and thousands of small businesses in this very situation, vital small businesses in our communities, but they do not meet this requirement.
These businesses, many of them, are weeks away from shutting down permanently. What does the Minister of Finance have to say to these small businesses that are suffering right now?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, it's a very specific issue. There are small businesses, thousands of them, that do not have a payroll. Some have a personal account that they've dealt with over the years rather than a business account, and that makes them ineligible. These businesses need help right now.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Minister, for appearing here today on this important bill. Thank you for the recognition of the role that the Honourable Rona Ambrose played in the bill getting here to this point.
Conservatives are pleased to support this legislation, and as we enter this phase of the committee doing its work, it's important for us to take a strong look at the legislation and hear from witnesses and you on the bill. We just heard from the Canadian Judicial Council and the National Judicial Institute. I know you mentioned in your remarks the importance of judicial independence, and that was a theme of some of that conversation. They've put forward a proposal for softening some of the mandatory language in the bill—for example, where it says “shall” replacing it with “should”. Can you comment on their proposal in the name of judicial independence?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Minister.
I have another question. The Honourable Justice Michael MacDonald is asking for trust in this body to implement without the imposition of the language around mandatory. I think that's an important testimony that we take note of.
Justice MacDonald raises a concern that this bill starts a trend whereby there'd be more and more mandatory courses for judges. That's not a trend, I don't think, that I would like to see come to fruition. We know that there is a great deal of training for our judges. Do you think that's a legitimate concern? How do we keep that in check, in light of the paramount role that our judges play and the importance of judicial independence in our entire system, sending the message that this wouldn't begin a trend whereby new mandatory training take place for our judges on different issues?
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