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View Julie Vignola Profile
BQ (QC)
I thank all the witnesses for being with us.
My questions are for you, Mr. Gentès.
You started producing antiseptic gel, which saved your company. However, any new production has a financial impact. What were the financial consequences of the reorganization of your production?
View Julie Vignola Profile
BQ (QC)
On the subject of transportation costs, have you had any problems with supply or customers who have said that it takes time? Have your transportation costs increased?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I, too, would like to thank the witnesses. I would like to ask Mr. Wilson a question.
Mr. Wilson, you appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance today. In your testimony, you seemed to say that the maintenance of activities was largely due to programs such as the emergency wage subsidy.
However, you also talked about the decline in some sectors, which could be as much as 13%. You also said that it may take until 2022 before everything returns to normal.
How do you see the solutions that have been proposed?
Are solutions such as the emergency wage subsidy, solutions that have worked in the short term but will not work in the medium term?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Wilson.
I'd now like to talk about skilled jobs.
You mentioned innovation through human capital, human resources. In another life, I sat on the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail with the manufacturing sector. These questions are important, but does the solution not also come from those who are already employed, not just those who are in school? In-house training would therefore be important.
Do you think wages in the sector are competitive enough to encourage people to work?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I would add that, in the recovery, there will have to be a transition in the industrial world, and workers will play a very important role. In the workplace, knowledge and training will have to be updated, and skills will have to be upgraded.
Thank you very much.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
I'd like to make a comment before I ask my next question. When the situation has stabilized, I think it will be time to present a budget with an overview of the recovery. The Parliamentary Budget Officer, when he came before this committee, said that it was urgent and absolutely necessary that there be not a budget, but an economic update so that we could take stock of the situation. We have been going through this crisis for several weeks now. Your words at the opening of this meeting testified to that. I am therefore reiterating my request.
I'll now move on to my question. On March 20 of this year, the Prime Minister announced a plan to mobilize industry to fight COVID-19. The goal was to establish an emergency supply chain in response to the crisis. I am talking about the Canadian industrial mobilization plan to address COVID-19.
Apart from a few names of companies that participated, we did not receive any updates on the results of the plan from this committee. Next week we will begin a study on self-sufficiency and supply chains. In this context, this information seems to us to be important, even crucial. So I'm going to ask you a series of quick questions about this plan.
Do you have any idea how much money has been invested in this plan by the various departments?
What was the production capacity for the products targeted by this plan?
Could these companies, under normal circumstances, continue this production and still be financially viable or, in reality, did this plan only involve a single amount of money being disbursed at the beginning?
Finally, what's the extra cost of making these products here instead of somewhere else?
I've asked you a lot of questions, but you can answer them based on what you know. Afterwards, if you or your officials could send your answers to the committee, we would appreciate it.
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2020-03-31 15:10
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I'd like to say that I'm glad we're having this meeting. Today, I will not try to find those responsible, or guilty parties. We have to manage a crisis and it will take everyone's efforts to get through this.
I also want to recognize the outstanding work that front-line responders do, whether they are hospital workers or people who respond to multiple requests. I would also like to acknowledge the work of all of my colleagues in the House who work on the front lines. Indeed, we have become front-line responders so that together we can get through this crisis, a deadly global pandemic.
That being said, the analyses of when and how we should have done this or that can be done in due course. Count on us to do those analyses. However, today, in the face of a pandemic of this nature, we need to work on our ability to respond to the threat. Many people are calling us from different places. In different parts of Quebec, entrepreneurs and people are ready to push forward to provide what is called personal protective equipment. I would like to know what we are doing to speed up these projects. It would be important to have specific answers on this subject.
There are people who can serve parts of the territory. In Quebec, we try to promote local purchasing. If suppliers are able to supply regions with materials, I think we should encourage that, notwithstanding today's announcements about large orders, the delivery of masks, and so on. I'm talking about other types of supplies, such as disinfectant.
I would like the answer to be addressed to the entrepreneurs who are waiting for an answer in order to be able to contribute to the fight against the current crisis and to help their compatriots. That's my first question.
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2020-03-31 15:16
Mr. Chair, that's not my question. I don't want to know if we're communicating with multiple suppliers. I'm talking about the war effort of every one of our entrepreneurs in the field.
How can these people get answers quickly so they can contribute?
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2020-03-31 16:47
Thank you.
We know that the key to success in fighting the coronavirus is the ability to act quickly.
Mr. Lucas, you mentioned earlier that companies could register online. What I'm interested in is how many companies have been converted so far? How many companies have received permission to convert and how many are waiting at this time?
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2020-03-31 16:49
I'm sorry to interrupt, but how many have been converted as we speak?
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