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View Chandra Arya Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2021-04-15 13:59 [p.5671]
Madam Speaker, on behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses. A total of 500,000 doses are to be delivered, and the balance is expected in due course. This is what real friends do. During a crisis, they help each other.
India has also supplied vaccine doses for some needy countries for free or at a subsidized cost. This is practising an ancient Vedic saying of the sages. In Sanskrit it is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means that the world is one big single family.
India is also offering technology transfer for commercial production of vaccines in Canada. These actions reconfirm the respect and affection Canada and India have for each other.
View Julie Dzerowicz Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Julie Dzerowicz Profile
2021-04-15 14:03 [p.5671]
Madam Speaker, Toronto is one of the many parts of Canada deep in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. I rise to recognize the unbelievable organizations in my riding of Davenport that have stepped up during all three waves to help our most vulnerable through this unprecedented time.
The federal government created a $350-million emergency community support fund, and 32 organizations in Davenport were awarded a total of $1.3 million to address the urgent COVID-related needs of our community. These organizations included Horizons for Youth, Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors, Quantum Sports and Learning Association, Latinas en Toronto, George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre, Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto, and so many more have stepped up to provide a wide range of support.
From remote services for seniors to warm meals for newcomers, these groups have been lifelines to countless residents. They are a beautiful illustration of how we step up to help each other during tough times, becoming stronger as a community. Together we will get through this pandemic.
View Marc Serré Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Marc Serré Profile
2021-04-15 14:04 [p.5672]
Madam Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the new horizons for seniors funding recently announced in my riding of Nickel Belt. In Greater Sudbury, nine projects to support the physical and mental well-being of seniors received funding.
The nearly $300,000 has enabled dozens of organizations like the Coniston Community Garden, Skead Senior Citizens Club, Wanup Quilters, Rayside Balfour Senior Craft Shop, St. Gabriel Villa in Chelmsford and Killarney Lion's Den. These initiatives promote laughter, joy, knowledge and sharing, and these are essential to keeping residents engaged.
Isolation remains a real challenge for seniors during this pandemic. I thank volunteers, caregivers and essential workers collaborating to prioritize the well-being of our aging population. Let us continue to reach out to our loved ones, friends, neighbours and others around us, and remind them that we are there for them.
View Dean Allison Profile
CPC (ON)
View Dean Allison Profile
2021-04-15 14:05 [p.5672]
Madam Speaker, Canadians are struggling to cope with the rise of COVID-19 cases, increasing lockdowns and the effects of a struggling economy. Businesses are closed, workers are losing their jobs or having their hours cut, the mental health crisis has deepened and Canadian families are worried about their children. This is all because the government did not secure enough vaccines and did not secure them in time.
We are far behind our neighbours to the south. Jake Tapper from CNN has brought this failure to the attention of our American cousins. The U.S. has already begun to vaccinate monkeys in U.S. zoos. I cannot make this stuff up. Meanwhile, here in Canada we have only vaccinated 2% of our population. The vaccination issue is such that the current government may go down in history as one of the biggest failures of any Canadian government during a crisis. Canadians and Canadian businesses are suffering because of it.
The data and tools to effectively manage this pandemic already exist. It is time for the government to begin using them.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2021-04-15 14:17 [p.5674]
Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister.
After over 23,000 deaths, tens of thousands of businesses closed, people's jobs and livelihoods lost; after drug overdoses, suicide and mental health crises at an all-time high; people being locked in their homes, away from their families; and a third wave of COVID upon us, could she explain why she thinks the pain and suffering that COVID has caused is a political opportunity, as she said last week, and not an absolute tragedy?
View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2021-04-15 14:18 [p.5675]
Mr. Speaker, with great respect, all members of the House, regardless of party, appreciate the nature of the immense tragedy that has fallen across Canada and impacted families and communities from coast to coast to coast.
When we look forward to what may come out of this pandemic, we have the opportunity to make investments to cure some of the social deficits that we have been living with for generations. From the very outset of this pandemic, we made a decision to support households and businesses and to invest, most important, to protect the health and well-being of Canadians.
We will continue to do so until this pandemic is over, no matter what it takes.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2021-04-15 14:19 [p.5675]
Mr. Speaker, that was a really ridiculous thing for the Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister to say. The fact is that the Liberals have messed up so many things in their response to COVID, but they will not admit, they will not learn from it and they will not change it.
Today, we have learned that Moderna vaccines scheduled to arrive mid-April are being delayed yet again, which means provinces are forced to close vaccination clinics and people are not getting their shots. That means higher case counts and more lockdowns.
Responsibility for the third wave is the Prime Minister's. How many more Canadians will be infected with COVID because of the government's disastrous vaccine rollout?
View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, every step of the way, we have been there for Canadians. We have been there for provinces and territories in delivering on the things that we know are saving lives.
This is a difficult time for the country. It is a difficult time for all Canadians. It is a difficult time for the health care workers, the lab workers, the front-line workers and the essential workers, who are all trying so hard to support each other and care for each other.
We will be there for Canadians, whether it is with personal protective equipment, testing equipment, human resources and, indeed, vaccines.
View Candice Bergen Profile
CPC (MB)
View Candice Bergen Profile
2021-04-15 14:20 [p.5675]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's failed vaccine rollout and spin is actually making international headlines.
This morning's cover of the Daily Mail asked if our Prime Minister was jealous of Britain's vaccine delivery. It pointed out that Canada had four times as many new cases per day as the U.K. Prime Minister Johnson said that he did not have a response to our Prime Minister's comments, but that the British case data spoke for itself, because their vaccine rollout is months ahead of ours.
Could the Prime Minister admit that he is not only failing Canadians, but he is making an international fool of himself?
View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, it is really important that all of us work together now to save lives. It is important that we see cohesion in our messaging. I surely hope that the member opposite is not working in any way to discourage Canadians from taking vaccination when it is their turn.
Let us be clear that every step of the way, we have given Canadians the information they need. We have supported Canadians with financial measures. We have been there for provinces and territories to deliver on their health care responsibilities.
Surely the member opposite would encourage the people in her riding to accept vaccination when it is their turn.
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
View Yves Perron Profile
2021-04-15 14:24 [p.5676]
Mr. Speaker, it is a second hellish year for farmers when it comes to quarantines for temporary foreign workers. It was already hard enough for them to shoulder the entire burden of the quarantines, but now the problems with the new border measures are making things even worse.
From a public health perspective, the federal government has an obligation to ensure that the quarantines are respected, but it also has an obligation to ensure that tests are accessible and the results arrive quickly. Right now, workers are spending over 25 days in quarantine before they can get out in the fields. This is an administrative foul up. The crops will not wait while Ottawa gets things sorted out.
What is the minister going to do?
View Carla Qualtrough Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Carla Qualtrough Profile
2021-04-15 14:24 [p.5676]
Mr. Speaker, we have worked with other federal departments to expedite the process and simplify the arrival of foreign workers as much as possible. We know that there have been delays in receiving test results. The Public Health Agency of Canada and Service Canada have been in regular contact with Switch Health, the employers and industry associations to resolve these issues.
We take these issues very seriously, and we will continue to work with Switch Health.
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
View Yves Perron Profile
2021-04-15 14:25 [p.5676]
Mr. Speaker, when the government hired Switch Health to handle COVID-19 testing, it did not make sure the company had the resources to serve Quebeckers in French. Now farmers have no choice but to use Switch Health, even though its services are inadequate. Once again, Ottawa unilaterally gave a contract to a company that cannot serve Quebec. Our farmers are paying the price.
The minister is responsible for making sure the services available to Quebeckers are just as good as those available to Ontarians. What is she going to do?
View Carla Qualtrough Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Carla Qualtrough Profile
2021-04-15 14:26 [p.5676]
Mr. Speaker, we are of course working very closely with the provinces, and we know that workers in Quebec have the right to be served in French. That is why we are working so closely with the provinces, and we will continue to ensure that Quebec workers receive the services they are entitled to in French.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2021-04-15 14:26 [p.5676]
Mr. Speaker, the third wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard. This is a difficult time. On top of this third wave, tax season is upon us. People need help, as they risk losing the benefits they need. We need to help people.
Will the Prime Minister commit to giving Canadians more time to file their taxes, as he did in the first wave?
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