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View Sean Casey Profile
Lib. (PE)
On a point of order, Mr. Chair, the minister is here to speak to the supplementary estimates (B). The relevance of this line of questioning is at best tenuous and probably non-existent.
View Bryan May Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bryan May Profile
2020-03-10 8:59
Mr. McColeman, I did mention that at the beginning of the meeting. Let's try to frame our questions with some relevance.
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
I would ask my deputy to respond, but my understanding is that a family receives benefits, as the rules indicate, if it affects the veteran. This man is not receiving benefits, but for the precise answer I would have to ask my deputy.
View Robert Oliphant Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Chair, and thanks to both of you for being here today.
As recently as yesterday, I was asked what keeps me awake at night in my job as parliamentary secretary, and it is, without a doubt, consular issues. It is, without a doubt, Canadians around the world in various states of turmoil or detention, etc. The issues that keep me probably the most awake are the issues of arbitrary detentions like those of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, as well as the arbitrary resentencing of Mr. Schellenberg.
Maybe I'll start with you, Mr. Saint-Jacques, because I know that you have a personal interest in this and a care that you've expressed. You're both saying in various ways that engagement needs to be realistic, and not romantic, but that it is necessary. We cannot not engage with China.
I've been working on this for many months now, and I have not found a silver bullet in terms of how to engage, at what level to engage, how to demand and how to express how Canada should be operating in this world right now, given our extradition agreement with the United States, given our court proceedings that are continuing and given our absolute concern for the well-being of Canadians arbitrarily held in detention.
I want to push a bit on that for your advice with respect to what in the diplomatic tool kit we may not have been doing and what we can do more of. We have unprecedented numbers of allies we are working with, and other countries haven't done this, but it's not working yet. I've been told by some ambassadors from other countries that we have to settle in and recognize that it will be a while, but I'm anxious and I'm impatient.
I'm wondering if you could help us with that.
View Emmanuel Dubourg Profile
Lib. (QC)
I thank you for suggesting these potential solutions.
Very quickly, like my colleague Mr. Oliphant, I would like to return to the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
You have both been ambassadors to China, and Mr. Saint-Jacques explained how long this process could take. If you were currently ambassador to China, what other action would you take to ensure that these two gentlemen are released more quickly?
View Kamal Khera Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Dr. Zinger, first and foremost for being here but most importantly for all the work you have been doing, especially on this particular report.
The report certainly raises many pressing issues, which include gaps in services and care for the most vulnerable populations in our federal institutions. Correctional Service Canada, I know, has put a path forward. I know Minister Blair is working very closely with the CSC to ensure that real progress is made. I want to talk a little bit, however, about safe and timely reintegration.
In your report you cite the Senate's “Study on Human Rights of Federally-Sentenced Persons: The most basic human right is to be treated as a human being”. It states that:
An important consequence of discriminatory policies is that federally-sentenced persons, especially those who are women, Indigenous, Black and racialized, have difficulty accessing culturally relevant...programming.
It goes on:
Without access to these programs, federally-sentenced persons are ill-prepared to reintegrate in their communities, which places them at a higher risk.... Tackling this issue is particularly urgent for federally-sentenced Indigenous and Black persons who are significantly overrepresented in the correctional system.
Within your study it is stated that the population of indigenous persons has increased from 19% to 28% in 2018-19 and also for black persons has increased from 7% to 10% in 2015-16, though now this increase is slowly reversing. However, 37% of all discrimination complaints are from black persons.
Can you elaborate a little on the overrepresentation of vulnerable populations, especially of indigenous, black Canadians, as well as racialized communities, in the Correctional Service?
View Kamal Khera Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Is there an urban divide also between specifically black Canadians and especially our younger offenders?
View Gagan Sikand Profile
Lib. (ON)
These are questions through me from a constituent who works at a women's facility.
The first question, are there statistics on the effectiveness of random strip searches, yes or no?
View Joël Lightbound Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll be sharing my time with Mr. Sikand. He has some important questions to ask.
Mr. Zinger and Ms. Kingsley, thank you very much for coming here and for your report. It's been very helpful and it sheds an interesting light on corrections.
I'd like to hear a specific recommendation regarding terminally ill prisoners and their potential release. I would like to hear your comments on the benefits you have observed in your studies, and more broadly, on the benefits of parole, rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates.
View Angelo Iacono Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Zinger, you mention in your report that prisoners do not have health cards or identification in federal prisons. Can you clarify that?
What happens when an inmate has to go to the hospital? Surely he must have a health card.
View Angelo Iacono Profile
Lib. (QC)
All right.
I understand when you talk about their release, but when they're already incarcerated and they have to go to the hospital, how do they present themselves if they don't have a health card?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Albas.
Thank you very much, Ambassador and Mr. Steil, for appearing today. Thank you for your work. I think we would all agree that we would like you to take our best wishes to Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, whom we hope to see home soon, and also take our best wishes to Mr. Schellenberg.
Mr. Garnett Genuis: And Mr. Celil.
The Chair: And Mr. Celil, Mr. Genuis adds. Indeed.
Thank you so much.
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