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View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
I did not have a chance to do a sound check.
Would you like me to do a song and dance to fill this time?
View Sukh Dhaliwal Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Madam Chair, even though Mr. Dubé is not making his statement right now, if there are questions for him, certainly those can be posed by the members of Parliament. Then they can be answered in written form.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thanks very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses.
I was particularly intrigued by the comment that what the IRCC needs to do is to really have a stream for, perhaps, lower skills or different skills for permanent residents, immigrants coming to Canada. Then also it needs to particularly target those who are seasonal so that we can actually have a wider range of PR application processes and better management of the needs today.
Canada used to have an immigration stream that targeted the full range of labour skills—high, medium and low—but right now our system is primarily targeting the highly skilled level. Would you support Canada's bringing back an immigration stream that targets the full range? I suspect there are a lot of people who actually want to work in different fields as well and would want to get permanent resident status here in Canada.
I wonder if any of the witnesses want to comment on that.
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you very much indeed for that. I would agree. Actually, I think it would benefit Canada in every sense of the word to have the full range of skill sets by way of an immigration stream to come to Canada.
I want to turn to the new announcement that the government made on the 90,000 TFW PR stream. The details of that program are going to be announced tomorrow, and already we know that there are going to be problems with it.
It's going to be first-come, first-served, as I understand it, and people have to have language testing. There's a backlog of people trying to get that language requirement met, amongst other things. In the face of this, I'm quite worried about how this is going to unfold down the road.
What do you think the government should do to address this current announcement to make the program better?
The other issue that I know some workers have already indicated is that they don't have access to the technology to make that application, because they are out on a farm or in a place where they don't have good broadband. If it's first-come, first-served, they may actually miss out.
Are you hearing any of those kinds of concerns from your workers or from an employer's perspective?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you.
Is there anyone else?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you.
One of the issues that was brought up is about resettlement support, which is especially important for rural communities as opposed to an urban centre, where I come from. In your regions, in your areas, what kinds of resettlement supports do you think would be useful and helpful to support the workers and to attract people to come to your community and stay in your community?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
I'm wondering if language capacity is an issue. Part of the requirement for the new program is language testing. If people are working here already, they are able to communicate with you. Do we really need additional language testing?
View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
Could I just get a quick answer from any of the witnesses?
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you so much.
First of all, I acknowledge and thank all of you who have served for your service. Thank you for talking about things that are sometimes very hard to talk about. I really appreciate that.
I thank the folks here who are civilians, who know these stories are so important that you're doing that important support work of amplifying them and finding opportunities to make sure that the voices that are often not heard are heard.
I acknowledge and thank all of you for your presentations.
I'll go first to Mr. Soulière and Ms. Montague.
You said in your opening remarks that it's very hard for our veterans and military people to feel connected to commemoration if they're feeling neglected by the supports and services they're getting. I think when we talk about commemoration that is something we need to always connect with, think about and challenge ourselves to do better.
To follow up on what Mr. Desilets said earlier, you talked about the gaps for diversity and the need to put that GBA+ process also into reviewing commemoration. Could you talk to us about what those gaps are? Have you heard from folks what those gaps are? What could we do differently? What could VAC do differently, to start to address that in terms of commemoration?
I'll leave it to either of you to answer.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you for that.
Mr. Gregory, you talked about some of the work that's being done. I'm very interested in the Walk for Remembrance and Peace. I'm writing notes very quickly, so if I've missed anything, I apologize.
Could you outline how that works? Is that walk something we're engaging Canadians to do in remembrance as well? I know it's important to have it there.
You talked a lot about youth. This is something that, of course, I'm very passionate about. How do we make sure youth remember? We only do things when we remember what the past is. This is so important.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you.
Dr. Harris, one thing that has been talked about in this process is how important it is to capture the stories of the folks who served us before they're gone. What you just talked about is so important, that we need to recognize all these people's histories. The War Museum, of course, is doing incredible work in gathering those stories and creating a way to present those stories so people can hear them, understand and move forward.
I'm wondering if you could talk about the work you do around that gathering of the stories before they're gone.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you.
I will follow up with you, Mr. Sampson. You said some very powerful things in your testimony today. You talked about things like no recognition for special duty; how it is defined really has an impact; and Rwandan vets receive 40% less than other vets for their pension.
I'm wondering if you could talk about what type of recognition you think is important. I think what you said is incredibly powerful: I don't want to go to recognition unless I'm with the people I served with. I think that's an important thing for us to hear. What kind of commemoration would be powerful, and what things have to go hand in hand with that?
View Taylor Bachrach Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Minister, to our committee. I've been listening intently, and I have a few questions that I'd love for you to take a crack at answering.
As the Minister for Rural Economic Development, I wonder if you could share with us how you define “rural”.
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