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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-03-24 12:03 [p.2067]
Colleagues, before we begin our proceedings, I would like to say a few words.
We all recognize that this is a highly unusual sitting, given the extraordinary circumstances in which we all find ourselves presently.
As a result, you will notice that the arrangements we are used to are different today. We are fewer in number and other special measures have been put in place based on the recommendations of public health officials.
To that end, I understand that there will be agreement to see the application of Standing Order 17 suspended for the current sitting to allow members the practice of social distancing. I encourage all members to follow this and other recommended best practices during today's proceedings.
As a result, any member who wants to speak or address the Chair can rise from any seat in the House.
In addition, we will suspend the sitting every 45 minutes for approximately one minute in order to allow employees who provide support for the sitting to substitute for each other safely.
Finally, I would ask all members who are tabling a document or proposing a motion to sign the document and bring it to the Table themselves.
I wish to inform the House that pursuant to Standing Order 28(3), the Speaker sent a notice calling the House to meet this day and I now lay this on the table.
What is more, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Speaker sent every member a message explaining why the House was being recalled. I would also like to inform the House that, as part of the steps taken by the government under Standing Order 55(1), the Speaker published a special Order Paper and Notice Paper giving notice of a government bill.
I also wish to lay upon the table a letter from the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, dated March 22, 2020.
I recognize the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-03-24 12:06 [p.2067]
Accordingly, the House will remain suspended to the call of the Chair.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-03-24 18:25 [p.2067]
Does the hon. government House leader have the unanimous of the consent of the House to propose this motion?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Deputy Speaker: The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-03-24 18:25 [p.2068]
As a result, the House is suspended.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:14 [p.2068]
Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1), I have the honour to table a notice of a ways and means motion to introduce an act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19.
Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), I ask that an order of the day be designated for consideration of the motion.
View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-03-25 3:26 [p.2069]
Pursuant to an order made earlier today, the House shall now resolve itself into committee of the whole to consider matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I do now leave the chair for the House to go into committee of the whole.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:29 [p.2069]
Mr. Chair, the place I would like to start, of course, is to recognize the nature and the scale of the challenges we are facing today. I want to acknowledge that even with the enormous challenges that Canadians are facing and the significant issues our economy is facing, we still do not know and cannot know the depth and duration of the challenge we are facing. How we must protect ourselves is by ensuring that we, together in this House, have the capacity to deal with this on behalf of Canadians.
In that regard, I am obviously pleased that we are moving forward with the legislation proposed today. It will allow us, with the oversight of this House as appropriate, to come forward and make sure that we can protect Canadians in the short term through health measures that are of critical importance, in the medium term as we think about how we deal with our economic challenges, and more importantly, prepare ourselves for opportunity to come out of this challenge in a way that will show the strength of Canadians and Canada for today and for tomorrow.
We have put forward measures here today that we believe are going to enable us to support Canadians and also support Canadian businesses. We think that is the way we should be moving ourselves forward. We have put forward measures that will provide every Canadian who is finding himself or herself away from work because of sickness, quarantine, supporting an elderly parent, supporting their children who might be away from school due to sickness or just because they are away from school, or importantly, if they are away from work because they cannot actually be at work or their employer has asked them to—
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I have to allow for one more question from the Leader of the Opposition. There is the same amount of time for asking the question, basically.
The hon. Leader of the Opposition has one minute to ask a question.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:32 [p.2070]
Madam Chair, first of all, to continue where I left off, our measure would ensure that every Canadian who is off work for any reason, which means they are not going to be able to have the income that they previously had if they had income the year before, will be able to get a wage subsidy. That, of course, will be very important in allowing them to deal with the challenge that they are facing. This would not only provide the employee with support, but would also ensure that the firm they work for is able to have that kind of support through those funds. That we see as critically important. It would allow those firms to have the people off work who need to be off work and the ones who are at work not at work.
With respect to anything to do with the Bank of Canada, I think it is important to note that the Bank of Canada is independent of government and will remain so under this government.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I will remind members that it is five minutes for questions and comments together. If the question is posed for two minutes, then there is up to two minutes to answer. If there is only one minute left, then it means there is only 30 seconds to ask a question and 30 seconds to answer.
I would ask people to be mindful of the time and to look at me so that I can give them the signal.
The hon. member for Joliette.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I would remind the hon. member for Joliette to address his questions to the Chair.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I can confirm for the hon. member that he must address his questions to the Chair and refrain from naming individuals in the House.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Joliette does not have the correct information. He must address his questions and comments to the Chair and refrain from calling members, including ministers, by their names.
The hon. Minister of Finance.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:35 [p.2070]
Madam Chair, that is a very important question. We know that access to these funds is very important to all Canadians who are struggling because of COVID-19. That is why we came up with a simple and rapid solution to ensure that people receive this money over the next two or three weeks. We are aiming for the first week of April. This is very important to them, and very important to our economy.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:37 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, we continue to come up with ways to ensure that our small and medium-sized business owners are in good shape.
To be eligible, individuals must have earned $5,000 or more in the past 12 months and find themselves with no income as a result of COVID-19. Those are the conditions. A small business owner therefore has the same access to benefits as anyone else. That is very important.
Of course, we will continue to think of ways to ensure that all Canadians are able to deal with this difficult situation.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:38 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, we know the situation is changing rapidly. We therefore need more information. We will make an announcement when we are ready. It will be in the next few days, certainly. I know this is very important. We are working on getting the exact numbers very soon.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:40 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, we are ensuring that all Canadians who are impacted by COVID-19 are in a situation where they can face up to this challenge.
The announcements we have made with this legislation allow us to create a benefit for everyone who has been in a situation where they previously earned revenue of $5,000 or more in the past 12 months, and because of sickness, because of quarantine, because they need to stay home to protect themselves and their family because their employer has asked them to stay home, and they are not receiving revenue as a result. Those people will have access to the benefit. That we think is critically important. I can assure the member that in that way we have in fact taken his very legitimate question and come up with a solution.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:42 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, in a time of challenge like we are facing, we recognize that Canadians in many different situations are facing extreme challenges which we have never seen before. We recognize that indigenous peoples, first nations, the Inuit nation and the Métis nation are indeed facing real challenges, especially when they live in places that are remote or unable to access appropriate health care. When we came out with our measures, we recognized this. We recognized it by putting more than $300 million into our package. We also recognized that we need to work together to consider the specific situations that people are facing in particular parts of our country.
We will be doing that right now, over the course of the next number of days. I would invite the member opposite if he has suggestions to get them to me and we will most certainly consider them.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:44 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, this situation is moving quickly. I appreciate that all of the members in this chamber have not in any way had the opportunity to fully understand what it is we are trying to achieve.
We are, in fact, delivering a wage subsidy directly to Canadians. What we are doing is making sure those Canadians who are furloughed from their employment, meaning they are not separated from their employment but they are off work and not able to get income from their employment, whether it be because they are at home or whether it be because they are sick, in those situations they will be getting the emergency benefit that we are proposing.
In that way, we can ensure the wage subsidy is not only that amount, but for employees who stay at work, it is the additional 10%.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:47 [p.2072]
Madam Chair, the intent behind this new benefit is to deal with the crisis we are facing. We have created a new benefit, and the idea behind the new benefit is with respect to anyone who has received revenue of $5,000 or more in the last 12 months and anyone who has found themselves in a situation where their income has gone down to nothing as a result of COVID-19. That is the attestation we are asking the individual to make. We would then adjudicate that claim on a simple form that would allow us to move forward to get the individual the money as rapidly as possible through the Canada Revenue Agency, which is the system that is the largest and most robust that the government has.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-03-25 3:48 [p.2072]
Madam Chair, as I said, the criteria are as I laid them out. We also need to recognize that in a time of extreme challenge, a time in which we are working to make sure we protect Canadians facing challenges as a result of this coronavirus, we need to move fast and we need to find a way to get revenue and sources of income to people as rapidly as possible.
We are working to make sure all the details are deliberated on and delivered as soon as humanly possible.
View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, we are working with the whole of government in reaching out to all of the 10 critical infrastructure sectors in this country to ensure continuity of supply and services throughout the country. It is being very carefully monitored and we are working diligently to ensure all critical infrastructure sectors will be maintained.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I would remind the hon. member that he must address his comments to the Chair.
The hon. minister.
View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I am pleased to advise members that I am in contact with our provincial and territorial partners several times each week. We have been working very closely with them, listening to their concerns and responding to any requests they may have. We have the ability, through the Emergency Management Act, to provide resources to a province should it be necessary.
View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, based on the advice we have received from our public health officials, all persons entering Canada are, first of all, asked with respect to their symptoms whether they have a headache, fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19. If they do, they are immediately directed to a public health referral to receive further inquiry and treatment, if necessary.
Every person entering Canada from an international destination, the United States or anywhere else in the world, is also advised to enter into a 14-day period of self-isolation. As they enter, people are required to acknowledge that they have been asked about symptoms and to acknowledge that they have been given the advice to pursue 14 days of isolation.
View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, this is something that we are quite aware of. We know that all kinds of violence increase when people are under stress. We also know that issues around substance use and mental health are exacerbated when people are under tremendous stress.
That is why we are working with my colleague, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, to ensure that we have partnerships in place to support people who are vulnerable in these circumstances.
I will also say that we are working very diligently on a mental health act that would be available to all Canadians in the days to come. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment, and we want to thank all the organizations that are working so hard to protect the safety of both women and children.
View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Madam Chair, many Canadians are stranded abroad, worried and wanting to come home at the first opportunity. I would like to extend thanks to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for his collaboration and the information he has given in working with all of our colleagues in the House to get as many Canadians home as quickly as possible.
We also recognize that there are many Canadians abroad who may have to stay in place. I am wondering if the minister could give them advice and identify what kind of support his office could offer them.
View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Madam Chair, during this crisis, there will be a need for critical medical items, many of which are not manufactured in Canada. Will the government ensure that those critical items are manufactured in Canada?
View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, in fact, procurement of medical devices, including personal protective equipment, testing kits and a number of other items that are in desperate need all around the globe, is a major preoccupation of mine. Certainly my department, in partnership with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, is looking at domestic manufacturing of many of these items. I am very encouraged by the volume of manufacturers and suppliers who have stepped up to be part of a Canadian solution in this time of immense need.
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