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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 Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-03-25 3:33 [p.2070]
Mr. Morneau, as you know, we are experiencing a pandemic of unprecedented proportions that is putting the economy on hold. Nearly one million people have submitted employment insurance claims. People are worried because they cannot get in touch with anyone at EI. They want to know when they will be getting their cheques.
Mr. Morneau, what will your government do to speed up the process and make sure people get an answer?
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I would remind the hon. member for Joliette to address his questions to the Chair.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-03-25 3:34 [p.2070]
Madam Chair, in committee of the whole, I believe we are allowed to use people's names.
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 Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-03-25 3:35 [p.2070]
Madam Chair, it is my understanding that, in committee of the whole, we are allowed to name individuals.
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 Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-03-25 3:36 [p.2070]
Madam Chair, I want to thank the Minister of Finance for reassuring the public in that regard.
It is important to ensure that no one falls through the cracks. We need to think about the unemployed, about the workers who have not accumulated sufficient hours to qualify for EI, and about self-employed workers. A program will be created for those individuals.
However, I am thinking of small business owners, who often do not even have any employees. In the technical briefings we have had so far, we have been told that when it comes to registered small businesses, people will not be eligible for the income support measure. Restaurant owners are often forced to shut down and will no longer have any income.
Aside from possibly deferring tax payments and granting access to loans, will there be anything else for these individuals, like the income support measure?
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2020-03-25 3:38 [p.2071]
Madam Chair, I want to thank the Minister of Finance for that clarification. This will ease a serious concern felt by many people in our communities.
With regard to the income support measure and payments, we are still waiting for the calculation grid. In the technical briefings, we have not yet been told what the calculation grid might look like or when we will have access to that.
Can the Minister of Finance indicate, first of all, what the calculation grid might look like, and second, when we might have access to that grid to assess the sums that might be available?
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.
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