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View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Mr. Plamondon, it seems to me we have a strange situation on our hands. The government claims it will never again open up breaches in the supply management system, but it nevertheless doesn't want to adopt an act that would prohibit it from doing so. In other words, it wants to keep all its options open. The Liberals are afraid it may be impossible to reach a free trade treaty with new partners if it can't open up breaches.
How should Canadians and Quebeckers who depend on the supply management system understand this tension within government, which claims it doesn't want to open up breaches but simultaneously wants to keep all options open?
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Another argument we often hear is that we'll never be able to reach another free trade agreement if we have this kind of restriction in place. However, we have other well-established limits on national security and the cultural exemption, and that hasn't prevented us from signing free trade agreements.
Why do you think the Liberals and others think that this issue is different and that we can't hang onto this kind of exemption?
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you very much.
At one point in Mr. Darling's testimony, I believe I heard him say that Bill C-216 would be in breach of or would violate some existing trade rules. It caught me by surprise only because I'm not aware of any rules that would prohibit a country from determining in advance what's on or off the table in terms of a trade negotiation.
Could you confirm whether I heard him right in that respect, and if so, could he highlight where that rule is? Is it at the WTO? Could you give us a little more clarity about that rule?
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Is it a rule or a principle, and where would we find an enunciation of the principles that you're talking about?
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
I think it's important to note that the current government has said that under no circumstances would they cede any further market share in dairy. Therefore, in this case, the law wouldn't be doing anything that the government hasn't said it's already going to do at the negotiating table.
Mr. Taillon, in the meantime, do you know of any rules that the bill might violate. Is there any rule according to which the government or Parliament cannot deem in advance that a specified industry or management system cannot be subject to negotiation in a free-trade agreement?
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
Yes, that's right.
View Daniel Blaikie Profile
NDP (MB)
So, would it be fair to say—
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to ask Dr. Lucas some questions here.
The contract with Switch Health to oversee post-arrival coronavirus tests for travellers has been renewed, despite media reports that the company has bungled the process. I've raised this a number of times in our meetings in the past.
What communications did your department have with the Government of Ontario about an RFP for post-arrival testing?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Mr. Lucas, are you not in charge of that?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Yes, I've been in touch with them many times.
Mr. Stewart, go ahead.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
I just asked what communications your department had with the Ontario government about the post-arrival testing.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Yes, the RFP.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Thanks. What communications did your department have then, Mr. Matthews, with the Government of Ontario prior to the RFP being given to Switch Health?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Did Switch Health ask anyone in your department to change the day-10 test to a day-8 test?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
On the contract we were talking about earlier with Switch Health, are they currently legally obligated to ensure that samples collected via the online portal are collected under the supervision of a nurse?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
I know this. I'm assuming it's the same in all provinces in Canada. The situation, which I've raised two or three times, with the incompetence being seen in the way these COVID tests are being picked up in rural Canada continues unabated at this point.
PHAC is very quick to call. There is a case that I had in one of my communities as of yesterday that you're familiar with, Mr. Stewart. PHAC was quite ready to call someone to make sure that they were still in quarantine as late as yesterday from that person's May 15 crossing back into Canada, when that young individual concerned had already been vaccinated twice—was fully vaccinated—coming from college in the U.S.
He's had two very negative tests in the last five days, again here in Canada, and he's still in quarantine. He doesn't know what he has to do. He's never been told. He doesn't want an apology that you've offered in response to this situation, and it's not yet been resolved for the future. Can someone contact him? How do you get a hold of regular people who are stuck in this dilemma? He needs to be contacted so that he knows how to get out of quarantine so he can go to work.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
He did his day-1 test, and it sat for six days. It was finally picked up after his constantly phoning every day. His day-8 test sat for another week before it was picked up. In fact, it never was picked up. He had to drive it 100 kilometres to Brandon to the COVID testing site. These are the kinds of things that people are faced with in rural Canada, and it's completely against the contract.
That's why I'm asking for information on these contracts, because this is incompetence. The major courier couldn't even find a local address in a small town in my area. Uber, which was put up as an alternative, doesn't exist in rural Canada. What are these people supposed to do with regard regard to the viability of those tests after they've been sitting for six to eight days?
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Believe me, they phone Switch Health every day.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Okay, I appreciate that, because it has been a huge dilemma in rural Canada, and particularly for many families in my area in southwest Manitoba.
I want to bring that to your attention again and I trust that someone will contact them today, these people in the past, to make sure that they know what to do to get out of quarantine.
View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
Will that occur?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
My first questions are for Madam Dupuis-Blanchard.
On ageism, seniors have paid the cost of poor planning and policy with their lives and well-being during this pandemic. I believe the pandemic very clearly exposed the role of ageism in Canada and how elders in our communities—not in all communities—are really quite devalued. It's very sad.
Can you tell us more about the role of ageism during the pandemic?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
I totally agree with that analysis.
In response to that, do you have recommendations on how to create societies and systems that aren't ageist and to put those systems in place?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Because I have a limited amount of time, I will ask about Canada Post and one of the programs that they wanted to offer needing to be supported by the federal government in regard to social isolation of seniors [Technical difficulty—Editor] while they're doing their postal routes.
I'm wondering, Mr. Kuperman, if you could speak to that.
Maybe you can add to it as well, Madam Dupuis-Blanchard.
I think it's a great idea. It's an idea that I certainly support. I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on it.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you very much.
Madam Dupuis-Blanchard, do you have anything to add about Canada Post?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
My last question is for Madam Dupuis-Blanchard, and perhaps Mr. Kuperman could respond to this one as well.
I'm wondering how you feel the government is doing in terms of mandating Canada's commitment to the implementation in Canada of healthy aging policies as set out by the World Health Organization. How are we doing in Canada with that?
I'll start with you, Madam Dupuis-Blanchard, and then follow up with Mr. Kuperman.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
How critical do you think it is for us to move quickly on this, especially in light of COVID and what we found out during COVID, or what we already knew but was highlighted during COVID?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
My first questions are for Réseau.
In response to the Liberal government's announcement about increasing the payment to seniors over the age of 74 and excluding seniors age 65 to 74, you joined forces with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons and the National Association of Federal Retirees, collectively representing more than one million seniors, to call out the federal government on this.
You called for raising the old age security benefit by 10% for all eligible seniors. Can you tell us why you called for this change and how you arrived at this number?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
When you say the most needed, can you expand on that?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
I agree with both of you, and I have deep concerns about the level of poverty in which seniors in this country, including women, live. We often talk about seniors working their whole lives. Many women worked at home and don't benefit from pension plans, and many women, particularly seniors, live in poverty. There are certainly heightened rates of poverty among certain groups, such as Black and indigenous people and people of colour.
In saying that, one of the things I put forward in this past session was a motion in support of a guaranteed livable basic income in addition to programs and support. This means taking the current guaranteed income and making it livable, in addition to providing other programs and support. Unfortunately, our bill in support of universal pharmacare was voted down.
Do you think that putting in place a guaranteed livable basic income, in addition to current and future government programs and supports, would be a game-changer for seniors in this country?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll follow up with Réseau FADOQ.
I spoke to you about a guaranteed livable income. Part of the reason I discussed that is I really believe that a lot of seniors in the country don't live in dignity. They're not given what they need to live in dignity.
I'm wondering if you could provide some further thoughts and speak a little bit about what you believe is creating age-friendly care environments. What are your thoughts about aging in place?
View Marty Morantz Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you very much for the information you've given so far. I also want to thank you for pointing out that when it comes to UN resolutions, Israel is unfairly singled out compared to human rights issues with many other nations. I appreciate that you're making that point.
It's kind of a complicated situation when it comes to the aid that we're providing. I know the government's announced $25 million. We're providing aid into a region.... We all know we need to help Palestinian citizens in the aftermath of this latest conflict, but we're dealing with a region that is controlled, as you said, by a terrorist organization that has not had an election for 17 years.
How does Canada make sure that the aid that goes into the region isn't falling into the hands of the wrong people and isn't winding up somehow with Hamas to build more rockets, rather than getting to the Palestinian people who so desperately need this assistance?
View Marty Morantz Profile
CPC (MB)
I really appreciate the answer, but I have limited time, of course.
Would you be able to table that list of aid recipients with the committee?
View Marty Morantz Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you. I appreciate it.
That's for the $25 million. Is that correct?
View Marty Morantz Profile
CPC (MB)
All right. Please provide it to the extent that you know them.
Now, I want to ask a question.
It came to light last fall that anti-Semitic materials were being distributed through UNRWA to Palestinian students in Palestinian schools. At the time, I was encouraged when Minister Gould issued a statement saying that she instructed Canadian officials to investigate the references in school materials, in the West Bank and Gaza, that violate UN values of human rights.
I did an OPQ question and the response I got didn't mention anything about an investigation. I asked what the status of the investigation was and who the Canadian officials were who were involved in this investigation, and there was no information with respect to that. I'm wondering if maybe they left it out and that you could enlighten us as to what the nature and status of the investigation is.
View Marty Morantz Profile
CPC (MB)
Will a report be issued on the investigation?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:11
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have a further question on cost recovery on FINTRAC reporting requirements. I was president of a very large credit union for 17 years. I know that FINTRAC compliance was a very significant part of the day-to-day activities of the credit union. It came at significant cost, as regards labour and dedicated staff.
I'm wondering what further implications this would have for credit unions across Canada.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:12
Yes, I understood that they would be required to be compliant and implicated, but what, in essence, will that mean? They're already paying all kinds of staffing costs and incurring significant cost just to be compliant, but what do you mean by cost recovery? Are you going to be offloading or downloading the department's expenses onto credit unions?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:19
My question is very similar to Ms. Jansen's. Having been around the board table of a credit union for many years, I know, for example, that they're required to be compliant with a very stringent set of FINTRAC requirements. If all of a sudden those requirements aren't met or if they're contravened, whether it's intentionally or inadvertently, who goes to jail? Is it the CEO, the board member? Do you lock up the credit union, bring in the paddy wagons and take them all away? What do you do? What are you envisioning?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:50
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I find it a bit curious that Liberals need to continually put things on the record. I thought this was more a time and an opportunity to ask questions.
I have questions. Isn't the Bank of Canada the current regulatory body that oversees the Payment Clearing and Settlement Act?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:51
I'm laying the foundation for my question. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It is, then, going to be the same regulatory body that's currently overseeing the payment services we have in place in Canada now that will also be doing the retail payment activities act?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:52
Okay, but there are some exceptions when it comes to things such as gift cards, ATM cash withdrawals and things such as that.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:52
Very good.
You don't see, then, any conflict, in the legislation being presented here now, with the current Payment Clearing and Settlement Act?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:53
Have you done a cost analysis at all for the Bank of Canada, of what it's going to take to ramp up to fulfill the additional duties that are going to be given to it once this budget implementation act has been passed? How much of a staffing increase and how much of a budget increase will the bank require?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:54
Are you saying that the Bank of Canada would contribute this to the Government of Canada? If we're giving it $130 million to ramp up to accommodate these responsibilities and to regulate the industry, but it's going to do it on a cost-recovery basis and recover that $130 million—it's going to take it into income—is it actually receiving a loan from the Government of Canada, in essence, that will be repayable at some time?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 16:56
Okay. Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:05
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This may come up with regard to a later clause, but Ms. O'Brien, can you talk a little about the relationship between the centre and the Bank of Canada, and how exactly they'll operate? Are they operating at arm's length or not at arm's length? I know there's a relationship. I'm not quite clear as to what that will look like and how it will flesh itself out.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:06
I'm skipping around the act here so much. It has here that the centre may, at its discretion, report to the bank on certain issues.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:07
You know, I am trying to get back there. I was trying to cross-reference it with what is referred to as the centre. The centre is defined right at the beginning of clause 178 there, in the definitions. It seems like it's actually a division of the Bank of Canada, and that's why I'm a little fuzzy as to exactly how it's going to operate. It's going to be the one involved in this section of the act.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:08
Yes, and that's my question, Ms. O'Brien. They are two separate organizations, but it seems as though the centre is going to be the entity that actually does the work, and the Bank of Canada is going to be overseeing the centre. I'd just like to have a better idea of what that relationship is going to look like.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:10
Okay. It will be the one that actually regulates the retail payment section as well.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:11
Okay. Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:22
Thanks for those explanations.
I have a further question. Is the department considering further amendments to make provision for multi-employer negotiated contribution pension plans?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:22
I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question. On the Canada pension, for example, for folks who have multiple T4s from multiple employers, if they're all getting their CPP contributions deducted, when they file their tax return they get their overcontributions back, based on the maximum, but the employers don't get the refunds back on a pro rata basis, depending on how they funded them. Is there going to be any correction coming to that?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:23
I recognize that, and I realize that it isn't really in this section, but it's talking about pension plans, so I thought I would.... I'm very happy that it's still on your radar. Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:32
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for those explanations, Ms. Dwivedi. I have a couple of further questions.
Would this just be in a situation where there is cash flow lending, and it makes no changes to asset lending?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:32
Yes, it does. They're securing financing simply on a cash flow basis.
Can you tell me the extent of the demand there has been or the request from first nations for this kind of facility?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:33
Well, it seems to make sense to me.
Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:49
If the money is coming out of the consolidated revenue fund, how much money is in that fund?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:50
I thought I would get an answer here at least.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:56
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Rajabali. I have two quick questions.
I don't envy you for having to speak to this clause. Whose idea was it? It obviously wasn't yours, because you don't have any answers. Was this just a directive that you're addressing the technical points of the clause?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:56
Okay. My second follow-up question would be on the amounts allocated there. Are they done on a per capita basis?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:56
Good. Thanks.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:58
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for that brief explanation.
This is what was known formerly as the gas tax. Is that correct?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 17:59
Okay. Thank you.
My second question relates to the fact that previously, when infrastructure money was announced, getting the money out the door to the provinces was very slow. Do we have assurances that this money is going to be delivered more quickly to the municipalities? Is there a process, and can you talk a bit about the delays we've experienced previously in getting infrastructure dollars out? Were they departmental delays or were there delays in agreements with provinces and in funding agreements? Where did the previous delays come in?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 18:00
Okay, and I think you're right, Mr. Chair. I think we're talking about two different things here, but it's good to hear that the gas tax money, now known as the Canada community-building fund, will be rolling out, as did the gas tax.
Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 18:50
Thank you.
I just wanted to follow up a bit on Mr. Fast's questions. Is this $3.3 billion going to be the aggregate of the payments made to Labrador and Newfoundland for the entire period?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 18:50
That's a net of $2.5 billion. Do you actually have a schedule of those payments?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 18:50
That's perfect. Thank you.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 18:59
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
You've mentioned that there are several different streams of funding that would be available for applicants. This was just one of them. Is there a chance that this could create duplication in funding for the same project?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:00
This amendment is particular to situations for funding under-serviced areas.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:01
My riding, for example, is almost 20,000 square kilometres, and I have lots of areas that would claim to be under-serviced. I believe they probably are, and that's just because there's no business plan for service providers to service rural residents or smaller communities.
Is this fund going to address that need?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:02
Thanks, Mr. Arbour.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:04
Thanks, Mr. Chair. I have a follow-up question as well.
It's one thing to fund the infrastructure and do the fibre optics or line-of-sight waves, but is there anything in the act or regulation that would prescribe what is considered a reasonable amount to pay for broadband service, for the service you're describing as 50 down and 10 up?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:04
I know that anything is available at a cost. We can get 100% coverage, but the cost may be unaffordable, so that's—
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:05
No, it's fine. I think you're probably going to answer it. If people can't afford it.... There's no use in having a hard infrastructure there if it's not affordable to connect and operate. There has to be a commitment, and some thresholds need to be established for what the rate will be to provide this amount of service in order for applicants to qualify for the funding. I know that's probably not your choice to make, but maybe you can chase it up the ladder.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:16
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have two questions. First of all, how did the financial institutions that you got feedback from feel about this proposed change? Also, what exactly are you hoping this will result in?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 19:51
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Does this request come from Quebec, or is this just another goodwill posturing gesture on behalf of the government?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 20:03
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Are there currently any other private-public partnerships being considered that this would facilitate?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 20:04
I guess I'm looking a little further than even just vaccine production facilities.
What other types of industries are you considering in a private-public partnership that this amendment, at least the first part of it, would apply to?
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 20:05
If it were to be used further, it would still require ministerial approval at the very least, but it wouldn't necessarily require Parliamentary approval.
View Ted Falk Profile
CPC (MB)
View Ted Falk Profile
2021-06-01 20:05
Thank you.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
My first question is for Dr. Porter.
I'm sure you would agree that the treatment of seniors during the pandemic has been pretty horrible and less than adequate. Much of this has had to do with the poor conditions in long-term care centres and generally inadequate programs and systems for seniors.
I would argue that this is a clear indication of an issue of ageism that we certainly have in this country, and I think it's important that we root out these issues to ensure that all seniors can live with dignity and security. Can you tell us more about the role of ageism in the pandemic and how you would suggest creating societies and systems that don't perpetuate ageism?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
As we know, during the pandemic, certain groups have been hit harder, and it certainly has shone a light on racial, gender, class and other inequalities that we have in society. These societal inequalities had lethal consequences for groups forced to live in poverty and in vulnerable situations. At the same time, I would argue that, in terms of the wealthy, many people were profiteering off the pandemic and getting richer. I've taken great offence to it.
Can you tell us about the pandemic's uneven effects across all social groups among seniors?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Sorry. I have one second left.
Would you say it's difficult to give that assessment because there has really been no race-based data and gender analysis during the pandemic to give a clear response to that, and that it's needed?
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