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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The committee will begin its proceedings with the questioning of ministers on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other matters for a period not exceeding 95 minutes.
The Chair will call members from all recognized parties and one member who does not belong to a recognized party in a fashion consistent with the proportions observed during the special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each member will be recognized for not more than five minutes, which may be used for posing questions to a minister of the Crown, and members are permitted to split their time with one or more members by so indicating to the Chair.
Please note that we will suspend this part of the sitting halfway through for a short period to allow employees who provide support for the sitting to replace each other safely.
We will now begin, with the hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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 Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I will interrupt for a moment. I am having a hard time hearing the answer. If members could keep it down, I would appreciate that.
The hon. minister.
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 Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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 Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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 Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Before I recognize the minister, I would like to remind members that they cannot do indirectly what they are not allowed to do directly.
The hon. minister.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. member for Burnaby South.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. member for Burnaby South.
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.
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