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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:35 [p.2749]
Mr. Speaker, first of all, the work a government does is very serious work, especially during a pandemic. We know Canadians are hurting from coast to coast and coast, and right now more than ever, Canadians need to come together.
The member of the Conservative Party talks about the Prime Minister not showing up. The Prime Minister was at committee to ensure that answers were given to committee members directly—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:36 [p.2749]
Mr. Speaker, the member asked for the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister showed up at committee. At the first opportunity I had to go to the finance committee, I was there. Yesterday, I was at the ethics committee to ensure that these questions were answered.
We work closely with the public service to ensure that programs and resources are available to committees, especially during this—
View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:37 [p.2750]
Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, both of our country's official languages are very important to our government.
That is precisely why we worked with the public service to ensure that the contribution agreement is in both official languages; and to ensure that the 13 provinces and territories are included, as are rural, urban and indigenous communities, so that all students can be part of this program. Despite this program—
View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:37 [p.2750]
Mr. Speakers, all members, especially those in the House, are occupied with the concerns of their communities. Perhaps the member has not had the opportunity to look at the testimony that has been provided, not only by ministers and the Prime Minister but also by public servants, to answer these questions.
We have been available because it is important that these questions be answered. We take this very seriously.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 12:39 [p.2750]
Mr. Speaker, we will continue to have our focus, as we have over the course of this pandemic, on Canadians and on the work that needs to be done. What we have done over the course of the last number of months, by putting out the CERB, which has supported millions of Canadians, and by not only putting in place the wage subsidy but extending it, has given the support necessary for Canadians to face this challenging time.
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 12:40 [p.2750]
Mr. Speaker, I am happy to speak on behalf of the Prime Minister to say that he continues to view his role, and our role as a government, as one to support Canadians.
We continue to be in an emergency time. The work that we're doing, not only on the extension of the wage subsidy but in thinking about how we can get our employment insurance system back up and running, is our area of focus because we know this is what Canadians are concerned with as they think about how they can continue to support their families.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:47 [p.2751]
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member asked a really important question.
In addition to our long-term commitments on early learning and child care, this year alone we are delivering $400 million to provinces and territories as part of bilateral agreements on early learning and child care. I want to point out to the hon. member the fact that, in addition to that, as part of the safe restart agreement, we are transferring an additional $625 million for early learning and child care to help a sector that has been hard hit by COVID-19.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:48 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, I find it really hard when the leader of the NDP claims that $625 million plus $400 million in just the next eight months is inadequate. That is completely the opposite of what we are doing.
We are providing federal leadership and the resources to back the safe restart of the early learning and child care sector. We have been there for parents in the long term, and we are there for parents as this sector recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:49 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, our government has created over 40,000 affordable child care spaces and is committed to creating another quarter of a million child care spaces that are affordable. A federal secretariat will be investing over $1.2 billion over the next eight months.
This is questioning the sincerity and the commitment of a government that is not only demonstrating leadership, but also backing that leadership with resources for the sector. It boggles my mind what the leader of the NDP is talking about.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:50 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is an independent government body that works on delivering the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program, which is a program that is doing a lot to help small businesses and employees across the country.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:51 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, I am really happy to discuss the details of the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program. It is a program that has delivered help to over 72,000 small businesses across the country and over 670,000 employees.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing, which is delivering help to small—
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, I want to address what the hon. member has asked. The Office of the Ethics Commissioner was consulted. A screen was put in place, and all steps were followed regarding this matter.
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
Mr. Speaker, I want to repeat that the Office of the Ethics Commissioner was consulted, a screen was put in place and all the appropriate steps were taken.
View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:55 [p.2753]
Mr. Speaker, it has been a while since I have had the opportunity to answer the opposition House leader. I will remind her that we do have officers of Parliament and we take the work they do very seriously. They work independently of this place, and we have always assured them that we will work and comply with their offices.
I have somewhat dated numbers, but I think it is important, because we are in the midst of a pandemic, that Canadians be reminded of these numbers. As of June 28, 8.16 million individuals had been helped by the Canada emergency response benefit. CEWS, the Canada emergency wage subsidy, has supported over three million employees. Approximately 3.7 million families benefited from the top-up of $300 to CCB, which is the tax-free Canada child benefit the Conservatives voted against. There were also 12 million individuals and families who received a special one-time payment through the GST credit. Over $1.4 billion went to over 600,000 students through the CESB. As well, 6.7 million seniors received the one-time tax-free payment of $300, and 2.2 million of those 6.7 million also received an additional $200.
The list is long because right now our focus is on Canadians and ensuring that they have money in their pockets and the supports they need. The Conservatives are continuing to play their partisan politics. We will stay focused on Canadians.
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