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View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I have to allow for one more question from the Leader of the Opposition. There is the same amount of time for asking the question, basically.
The hon. Leader of the Opposition has one minute to ask a question.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I will remind members that it is five minutes for questions and comments together. If the question is posed for two minutes, then there is up to two minutes to answer. If there is only one minute left, then it means there is only 30 seconds to ask a question and 30 seconds to answer.
I would ask people to be mindful of the time and to look at me so that I can give them the signal.
The hon. member for Joliette.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I would remind the hon. member for Joliette to address his questions to the Chair.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I can confirm for the hon. member that he must address his questions to the Chair and refrain from naming individuals in the House.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Joliette does not have the correct information. He must address his questions and comments to the Chair and refrain from calling members, including ministers, by their names.
The hon. Minister of Finance.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-03-25 3:39 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, my question is for the Minister of Finance.
We know that in the last week alone nearly a million Canadians applied for EI. Canadians are faced with an impossible choice: Do they stay home and help prevent the spread of an illness but risk not being able to pay their rent or put food on the table or do they go to work and risk the spread of the illness to their loved ones and themselves? People cannot wait until April or May for help. They need help immediately. There are many workers now who are in the gig economy, freelance and contract workers who need immediate supports.
Will the Minister of Finance consider our proposal to send, while we are in this crisis, $2,000 to each Canadian monthly and an additional $250 for each child? This form of universal basic income would provide direct support to Canadians who desperately need it.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-03-25 3:41 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, I have spoken to indigenous leaders across the country. They are highlighting some serious concerns they have. Because of historic and ongoing injustices, indigenous communities have inadequate access to clean drinking water, housing, and health care services. As a result, leaders are concerned their communities will not be able to deal with COVID-19 if they are exposed and it starts to spread. They are concerned about the lack of resources, equipment and supplies.
What is the plan to ensure that indigenous communities get the supports they need? I also want to make it clear that isolation tents are not going to cut it. What is the plan to help indigenous communities in this crisis?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-03-25 3:43 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, one of the big concerns we have is that while we are dealing with the immediate crisis of COVID-19 and the immediate impacts on society, we also need to make sure that we have a plan once this immediate health care issue is dealt with and we look at the recovery.
People need to know that they will have a job to return to. A lot of small businesses are struggling right now with the impacts of COVID-19. What I am suggesting to the government is that we need to increase the wage subsidy. Right now the government is proposing 10%. We are suggesting that what is needed is at least a 75% wage subsidy or more. Will the government commit to increasing the wage subsidy to at least 75% to help small businesses and ensure that workers have a job to return to?
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I would remind the hon. member that he must address his comments to the Chair.
The hon. minister.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
There is one minute left. The hon member for Edmonton Mill Woods.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Madam Chair, I am happy that we are here in the House. It is late and it has been a long day, but I know that Canadians across this country are looking for action, so I am glad that we are here getting this important step done.
One of the concerns I want to bring to the House today is that there are people who are ineligible for the supports. They do not qualify for EI or the emergency support benefit. I am talking about folks like travel agents who earn commissions. They will continue working unpaid as people are cancelling all of their vacations right now, which means their commissions are being returned. Also, there are people who rely on tips for their income who will now barely see 30% of their income. There are people who are facing reduced work hours and income but are still working to support Canadians and do not have enough to pay their everyday living expenses.
I would like to hear from the government how those people are going to be supported through this crisis.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Madam Chair, another group of people I am very concerned about during this process is Canadian seniors. The reality is that they are the most vulnerable of all of us. We want to protect them and see them safe through this trying time.
Many seniors across this country are doing their best to follow all public health guidelines. They are trying to stay safe and in their homes, but this means for many of them having things delivered, and paying extra costs for delivery, and looking at people to do tasks for them that they can no longer do for themselves. Many seniors are on a fixed income. They often are close to the poverty line. I am wondering if there is any way that we are going to see seniors supported in this time.
View Rachel Blaney Profile
NDP (BC)
Madam Chair, another serious concern that I have across this country is the issue of housing.
We know that many people are facing significant vulnerability in housing, and we are hearing that not everybody is being allowed by the banks to defer their mortgage for six months. Deferrals will still accrue interest, and some banks are actually saying that the amount due will have to be paid in a lump sum at the end of the deferral period, all while people are unable to work or sustain the income that they had before. Other jurisdictions have already said that there will be blanket freezes on all mortgages, with no accrued interest or lump sum payments. This is happening in other countries. I am really curious as well about what kinds of resources there will be for people who are renting.
These issues are continuing to grow. I would like to know if the minister will mandate a freeze on all mortgages and find supports for rental housing.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
You have over a minute and a half.
View Lindsay Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
View Lindsay Mathyssen Profile
2020-03-25 4:43 [p.2081]
Mr. Speaker, I appreciate having the opportunity to discuss this bill and debate it in the House today and at a later period of time.
I would like to echo the comments of my colleague just now and ask the minister about small businesses. I have heard from so many in my riding of London—Fanshawe that a 10% wage subsidy is simply not enough. Knowing what small business owners put into their businesses, it is their dream and everything that they have in many cases, they want to save their employees and not to have to lay them off.
Therefore, will the government at this time at least consider the 75% wage subsidy that our party has introduced?
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