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View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's really nice to see all of my colleagues on the HUMA committee. My first questions are for Ms. McGee.
During this unprecedented time in history, as we've seen in other unprecedented times in history, critical social programs that have been created have collectively benefited all Canadians. There was, for example, employment insurance. I believe that now is a time in history when we have a chance to restructure our economy in a way that is more just and equitable for all. I recently introduced motion 46 in support of a guaranteed livable basic income that would be in addition to all current and future government and social programs, including accessible affordable social housing. How do you think a guaranteed annual livable income in Canada could help realize our international legal obligations to ensure the human right to housing?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you very much. I completely agree with you and I think, knowing that we could be in this for two or three more years, we need an urgent response to ensure that we can keep people out of poverty. That being said, can you speak about the critical importance of ending homelessness and ensuring adequate housing for all within the government's COVID-19 response strategy? I know that in my riding of Winnipeg Centre, which is the third-poorest in the country, we now have families going into shelters because we just don't have enough houses even for families, and that means kids becoming homeless and living on the street. That's another reason to speak to the importance of guaranteed livable basic income. How, going forward, is this going to be critical in the emergency response to COVID-19?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Yes. I totally agree.
I have one last question for you. Do you believe the national housing strategy should be revised or revisited to consider the increased vulnerability and housing insecurity facing Canadians as a result of COVID-19? I think you've spoken to a lot of that. My concern is that we have a homeless crisis, certainly in Winnipeg Centre, that I believe will grow rapidly. How should the response change as the situation rapidly changes?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My questions are for Madame Corriveau. I apologize that I will have to ask them in English. I am taking French classes, though so maybe the next time I can ask in French.
I really appreciated your comments on the need to invest not just in affordable housing but also in affordable social housing. There's a huge difference between the two. I want to speak more specifically about persons with disabilities who have been, in my opinion, completely disregarded during the pandemic, including in terms of our having a real housing strategy with real investments and affordable, accessible social housing. I'm wondering if you could speak more to that.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Just to expand on that, would you say it's important for the government to collect data? I know we talked about it for black and indigenous peoples. For persons with disabilities, there seems to be a real gap in data collection.
Can you expand on that, please?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Madame Corriveau, I have just one last question in that regard. Would you say that the failure to collect data further marginalizes disabled persons from accessing their human right to housing?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 14:48
Thank you, Madam Chair.
With regard to the start of the meeting, I want it to be clear that the NDP supports this excellent motion that was presented for us to consider in future business. I want to make a small amendment. Just so people know where we're coming from, I will let you know that we would add third party sellers on the Amazon marketplace, or those formally on it, and consumer organizations. Being from Windsor, I watch the United States very carefully. U.S. lawmakers have been going after a number of issues related to Amazon. I'm simply tired of Canada being treated as a colony by some of these organizations. This is an opportunity that we should take. I'm sorry we missed it this time, but I'm looking forward to that.
With that, Madam Chair, I will turn to our excellent witness panel here.
Mr. Ratto, you gave a great example of the production of real goods and services from the university that get to our streets. I thought that was excellent. Where I'm from, the University of Windsor has been doing that in a variety of ways, everything from the automotive sector to a whole series of science and health products and so forth that were, before COVID-19, a part of our culture here.
I do want you to maybe mention or at least highlight some of the patent barriers you might have and some of the intellectual property barriers you might have. This committee has studied some of those in the past. Perhaps you can shine a light on how those things can be altered, especially during emergencies, or how they can be refined for more open research to help these types of initiatives, which you should be, and I'm sure you are, quite proud of.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 14:52
Yes. It's a missed opportunity, in many respects.
Mr. Landon, I'd like to get you in on the conversation for an important issue, I think. You mentioned that there are quarantine capabilities available by universities for foreign students coming in. I think it's important for you to articulate the plan in place in case people get sick. Here in Windsor, the government allowed migrant workers to come in, with a plan that was altered, allowing a three-year-old business plan to be submitted. They didn't do on-site inspection. It shut us down to stage two for a long period of time and it caused the death of three workers. Many more are actually in hotels right now, held up because they got sick in Canada, not coming into Canada. They were healthy when they got here. Now they're sick.
What can you say about that situation? That's a really significant problem. It's not just the humanitarian aspect with regard to the deaths of individuals; there are also consequences for the entire economy, as we were left out of moving through the different stages.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 14:54
Do you have everything, from translation to education services for the different cultures coming in? Do they have personal insurance for health care? Also, are there communications with the services in case they do get sick, so they aren't overwhelmed?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 14:54
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 15:19
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to continue, if I could, with Mr. Landon, to get an overall sense of where universities are with regard to critical needs for infrastructure and a green economy. The other thing, too, is housing. Is there an inventory list? With perhaps not as many students returning....
My daughter is actually at NSCAD, and she's staying there because she doesn't want to fly back and so on, a series of other decisions, just to be safer there. I know that some of her classmates are staying. Some will be coming back, but they will be fewer.
Is there any opportunity here? For example, maybe older residences and other living accommodations that may not have a high standard could be enhanced—greenhouse gas emissions reductions or safer living quarters designed for future challenges like this one. Obviously, we could have this extended further, or we could have a similar scenario evolve that we don't expect.
Is there an opportunity here, with a reduced population, to perhaps seize that and do some bold, innovative improvements for our universities, on campus or just around campus with facilities?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-14 15:51
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I don't want to ignore the other witnesses, but I will pick just one for now. Mr. Martel was speaking, so I'll go to him next. If we have any time left, I'd invite Ms. Fusaro and Mr. McCauley to quickly jump in as well.
I'm wondering what your personal opinion is in terms of the quality of education when we get through this, and how the private and public sectors will view a degree during COVID-19, since most stuff is going online. I'm just curious to know whether you've thought about that.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-10 13:23
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, witnesses.
I'm going to explain a program, and then I'd like to go in the order you all presented with regard to whether this program would be something that would benefit you and your organizations. I'm going to explain what it is, to make sure we're all on the same page, and then if you could, in the order in which you presented, give a yes or no answer, that would be helpful.
To do that, I'm going to mention the Canada summer jobs program, and I'm going to explain how it works for you to understand.
Each MP is allocated money for this program every year. I've been doing this for 18 years, and every single year it's over-allocated, which means I have more places that apply for the money than I have money available. What it does is provide students an opportunity to be fully paid in the not-for-profit sector, with an exception this year that they also get to be paid fully in the private sector.
I'll give you an example for Windsor West here. Right now I actually have three million dollars' worth of requests, and I have about $1.2 million to allocate to students. People, including many in the tourist sector, apply for these jobs; they're vetted by the public service, and then they come back to an MP to be approved. The MP can change their hours, increase them or decrease them. I try to spread them out and focus on tourism and other types of opportunities for young people.
The government did do a good job this year with regard to extending the program. Jobs can go to February now, and they can be part-time for the students.
I'm giving you all these details because this is the controversy that's going on with the WE Charity scandal right now. The WE Charity scandal claim is that they had to help students and get them out. As I noted, this program is oversubscribed every year. In fact, right now, when you add it up—and it's been this way for several years—it's actually a $912-million shortfall that could be made up across this country.
The question I want to ask related to the controversy is that the Prime Minister said that nobody else could do this. There's no other way of getting them out there. What I'm telling you right now, though, is that the public sector has already vetted, including for Windsor West, another 200 positions for students that could be funded if they did this tomorrow. It doesn't even take any special legislation, so this is one part of a solution.
My question is, if this program were enhanced to allow students to continue to have some flexibility by extending the hours in the tourism sector and others, and it paid students directly and we actually put the money out there now, would it be of benefit to your organization to have that program with some flexibility to deal with the challenges you have right now?
Could you answer in order and tell me whether this is good or bad, yes or no? I'd appreciate that, because we've been fighting to try to get the money put into this to get those jobs out the door for the next six months to a year for students. However, if it's a bad idea, I'd rather hear that. If you could say yes or no so I could get to everybody, I'd appreciate that.
Mr. Clerk, could you assist with the order, if it's necessary, as well?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2020-08-10 13:26
I'm sorry, but could you give just yes or no?
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