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View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-06-17 14:44 [p.2488]
Mr. Speaker, I also have a unanimous consent motion.
There have been discussions and I hope if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent for the following motion: That, the House recognize that there is systemic racism in the RCMP as several indigenous people have died at the hands of the RCMP in recent months, and call on the government to do the following: a) review the nearly $10 million per day RCMP budget and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, increase non-police investments in non-violent intervention, de-escalation, and mental health and addictions supports; b) ensure that the RCMP is truly accountable to the public; c) release all RCMP incidents of use-of-force reports and the associated settlement costs; and d) immediately launch a full review of the use of force by the RCMP, including reviewing the tactics and the training that is given to RCMP officers in dealing with the public.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
We will now consider all votes in the supplementary estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. Time can be shared.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Salaberry—Suroît on a point of order.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
Could you please repeat what you just said? We did not understand what you said.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I did not personally hear that comment.
We will listen to the recording and then discuss it.
Does the NDP leader wish to comment?
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-06-17 14:48 [p.2489]
Madam Speaker, yes, I did call him a racist, and I do believe he is.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-06-17 14:49 [p.2489]
Madam Speaker, I will not.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Salaberry—Suroît.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I have noted your comments. I asked the member to apologize. I will take this under advisement and return to the House shortly.
Does the hon. member wish to rise again?
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I have asked the member to apologize. Until he does, he will be unable to address the House.
The Speaker will deliberate on the question and will comment on it as soon as possible.
We will now go into committee of the whole.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
We will now resume consideration of all votes in the supplementary estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. Time can be shared.
Today's debate is a general one on all votes tabled before the House on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Pursuant to the provisions in the motion adopted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the total length of time for debate will not exceed four hours, during which time no quorum calls or dilatory motions shall be received by the Chair.
The first round will begin with the official opposition, followed by the government, the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party. After that, we will follow the agreed-upon rotation.
Each member will be allocated 15 minutes at a time. Members may split their time with one or more members by so indicating to the Chair. This time may be used for both debate or for posing questions. Members wishing to use this time to make a speech have a maximum of 10 minutes, which leaves at least 5 minutes for questions to the minister.
When a member is recognized, he or she must indicate to the Chair how the 15-minute period will be used, meaning how much time will be spent on the speech and how much time will be used for questions and answers.
Members should also note that they will need unanimous consent if they wish to split their 15 minutes with other members. When the time is to be used for questions and comments, the minister's response should reflect approximately the time taken to pose the question, as that time counts toward the member's allotted time.
I also wish to indicate that in committee of the whole, comments should be addressed to the Chair. I ask for everyone's co-operation in upholding all established standards of decorum, parliamentary language and behaviour. In addition, please note that we will suspend the sitting every 45 minutes, if needed, for a short period to allow employees who provide support for the sitting to substitute with each other safely.
We will now begin today's session. The House is in committee of the whole, pursuant to the order made Tuesday, May 26, 2020, for consideration of all votes in the supplementary estimates (A) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I just want to remind members that the length of the answers and questions should be about the same. I am mindful of the time.
The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
We will suspend the sitting for a few moments because I am having computer problems.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I will report the matter of decorum that was raised to the Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to share with you a point of order that has been raised. The hon. member for Burnaby South called another hon. member a racist and did not want to apologize. I submit this point of order for your consideration.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
We are now returning to the committee of the whole.
The hon. member for Richmond—Arthabaska.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
With only nine seconds remaining, there is not enough time for another question.
The hon. President of the Treasury Board.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
I am sorry, but I must interrupt the hon. member to say that he has exceeded the time allotted for his speech. It is now time for questions.
The hon. member has two and a half minutes for questions.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member must ask questions if he is to get answers from the government.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Beloeil—Chambly.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Beloeil—Chambly.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Beloeil—Chambly can ask one last question.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
Pardon the interruption, but your time is up. You must ask your question now.
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
Order. I remind the hon. member to address his comments through the Chair.
Also, since he is out of time, I call on the hon. government House leader to reply.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Madam Chair, I will be sharing my time with my hon. colleague from London—Fanshawe.
I will make a brief introduction and then I will ask some questions.
As New Democrats, as a progressive party, we have worked constructively on finding solutions to help people from the start of the pandemic. We proposed an emergency benefit of $2,000 and successfully made it happen. Initially, self-employed workers, students and freelancers were excluded, but we pushed to have them included. This really helped people.
In light of the current situation, we asked that the CERB be extended for people who still need help, including those who work in tourism, arts and entertainment and hospitality. The government partially answered our call. At least we made progress and managed to get eight more weeks.
We have come to realize that our social safety net is full of holes. At the beginning of the crisis, employment insurance was inadequate for meeting the needs of people who were losing their jobs. The emergency benefit was launched. However, some day we will have to consider improving the social safety net so that no one slips through the cracks. We have to look at having a broader, more robust employment insurance system that would cover more workers.
At the beginning of the pandemic, only 40% of workers who contribute to employment insurance were getting enough hours to collect employment insurance benefits.
I would like the government to say a few words about its intention to expand the program to make it far more inclusive and target all sectors as well as every worker who needs help when they lose their job.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Madam Chair, many freelancers and self-employed workers are both their own employees and employers, which means that they are not eligible for employment insurance.
Does the government intend to expand the program to cover self-employed workers?
Given the circumstances, does the government also intend to extend sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks?
View Carol Hughes Profile
NDP (ON)
The hon. member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Madam Chair, I would like to share with the government a message that I received yesterday from a dozen community groups in the Montreal area.
It seems many people are unhappy with the emergency community support fund. Here is what they are saying: The structure of the program is complex, the eligibility criteria are unclear, the application forms and accountability requirements are too onerous, and private foundations are refusing to establish consultation processes. The program does not meet the needs of groups that help vulnerable populations.
What does the government intend to do to make the necessary changes to meet the needs of these groups that take care of the most vulnerable?
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
There is sand in the gears, Madam Chair.
Even though the minister's words are meant to be reassuring, I do not think that they will reassure these groups.
Will changes be made?
If so, when exactly will that happen?
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