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Lib. (ON)
I'm actually asking for your indulgence, Mr. Chair, and that of the committee. There's a slight wording change to amendment LIB-16, and I think that's being distributed now.
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Lib. (ON)
No, I'm sorry, Mr. Chair, if you would give me just a moment, I want to make sure I have what I need.
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Lib. (ON)
Again, just to remind the committee, this is setting up a process so that there is a consequence to the bill itself, first for measuring outcomes, and then for taking in complaints. This just streamlines it a bit from the motion that was pulled back, but that's essentially what we're doing in the spirit of the bill that has been brought forward.
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, this type of provision has been ruled on numerous times. In other words, it's not the granting of money; it's not the distribution of money. Processes in the ordinary course of government can be determined by governments at that time. They could fund it a little, a lot, or not at all. In other words, that process might turn out to be inadequate. This simply provides for its existence. How it's made into existence is a prerogative of the government of the day.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As you can see, it says “a process for”. It doesn't say to put in place the actual independent review.
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Lib. (ON)
I wasn't referring to Marleau and Montpetit, or Bourinot, or anyone else. Just for your general awareness, and I'm sure you'll pick this up in other committees, this is the kind of language that is permitted for private members' bills. It's not new to this.
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Lib. (ON)
Very briefly, Mr. Chair, Canada has been a signatory, but has been subject to United Nations review on its human rights compliance with respect to adequate housing for decades now, and it has had no vehicle with which to address the recommendations that come from our engagement with the international community. This provides for that, again, in developing such a review and follow-up basis.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This is simply a conforming amendment that recognizes the work the committee just did in adding clauses, to make sure it's in compliance.
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Lib. (ON)
Just for other times, and also for the edification of the.... The disability community would like to see different language start to work its way in. And I'm wondering if there's a little bit of guidance in terms of.... I know this is a restrictive area of the bill, the definition section, but is it possible, for future work, that some further detail could be provided on this part in terms of why the ruling was made, and so on?
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Komarnicki was speaking, and I was looking to be recognized, hoping to appeal to members. This is something that hopefully is not about partisanship; it's simply about respecting the disability community. This was a workaround available for the bill, and therefore I was hoping the members opposite might recognize that in terms of drafting, this would improve the outcome in the eyes of people who are affected.
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Lib. (ON)
I'd be happy to respond, Mr. Chair.
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Lib. (ON)
Again, we're in a situation today where there's an opportunity to work on behalf of the people affected by mental and physical disabilities, to put in language that respects them better. Therefore, to the extent that it's still possible, Mr. Chair--I don't want to waste your or anyone else's time--I appeal to the members of this committee to see this as a non-partisan effort we could make in this narrow application, because I think it would be received by that community--
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This measure is necessary in order for the definition to fit with the change made in the other part of the bill. This motion adds education, recreational activities and health care services to the other definitions of basic needs.
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