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View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
As much as I like seeing my friends on the big screens, there are no big screens yet, so we don't know who's on and who's not on. I was wondering if there was going to be a TV coming up soon here, Mr. Chair.
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
Yesterday, the Minister responsible for tourism, ACOA and official languages was happy to close our national Tourism Week by announcing investments of $70 million to offset financial losses in the tourism industry across Canada.
Where's the big clap?
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
Mr. Chris d'Entremont: There you go, give her a clap.
More than $70 million will be invested to support this sector and promote Canadian destinations. Southern Ontario received $30 million, northern Ontario received $7 million and western Canada received $3.5 million. There's nothing for Atlantic Canada yet.
Knowing that we just had an announcement from the Minister of Transport that there will be no cruise ships in Atlantic Canada or anywhere in Canada this year, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, where is the program for Atlantic Canada?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
That would be all great if we weren't in the middle of a pandemic and you can't even cross the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border without having to self-isolate for two weeks. It's going to make travelling, through the Maritimes at least, very difficult.
In Saint John, New Brunswick, 79 cruise ships and more than 270,000 passengers will not be giving back to that local community. At home in Nova Scotia, it's about 118 or 130 vessels. In terms of a minimum financial loss, $165 million will not be generated. There will be job losses and permanent closures of restaurants and boardwalk shops.
Prince Edward Island, which was expected to have a record attendance year, will lose visits of 97 ships and 154,000 passengers, and $60 million to the province's economy will be lost.
Mr. Chair, my question to the minister is this: Who is ACOA going to be working with, and what kinds of programs are going to be available to help them through this very difficult year?
View Chris d'Entremont Profile
CPC (NS)
Mr. Chair, like the minister, last week, I spoke with Simon-Pierre Poulin, the director of Le Franco newspaper in Alberta, about the “Sauvons Saint-Jean” movement.
He asked me why we could not continue to work on official languages and on modernizing the act even though Parliament is sitting in a different configuration. Unfortunately, I had to explain to him that many restrictions were associated with the current format of this fake Parliament.
The pandemic is also threatening the protection of French in minority communities. The Liberal government made a commitment to modernize the Official Languages Act in the first six months of its mandate.
How will it proceed?
View Bernadette Jordan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Chair, I want to thank my colleague for the very good question.
The Ontario inland fishers and the people in Ontario are eligible for other programs that are offered through the regional development agencies.
We are going to make sure that no industry is left behind when it comes to our fisheries. We're making sure that we're addressing the concerns of inland fisheries as well as coastal fisheries. Those programs will be available to anyone who needs to apply through the RDAs.
View Bernadette Jordan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Chair, we're making sure that they have the same access to programs through the regional development agencies as there is through the seafood stabilization fund. We're making sure that everyone who is in need of support through the programs will be able to access it.
View Bernadette Jordan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Mr. Chair, we've recognized how hard the pandemic has hit our fishers and our fishing sector. We've made available a number of different measures. One of the things we're doing primarily is the harvesters' benefit, which allows all harvesters to take advantage of a benefit as well as a grant contribution to help them get through. We're also changing EI so they can now qualify for their EI benefits based on previous seasons, not this one, recognizing they're going to face challenges this year.
The Freshwater Fish Marketing Board is a Crown corporation. We know it's been a very difficult time for them. We are continuing to look at ways we can address the challenges within the industry and we'll continue to work with them to make sure we are addressing those needs.
View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:56
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses for their testimony. I'm going to start with the mushroom farmers.
Certainly, from Mr. Ellis's question, it sounds as though the industry has done quite well in the last 10 years. Is this a largely labour-intensive industry?
View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:57
I was pleased to hear that, for a large part, labour uncertainty hasn't been an issue for your industry.
I think Ms. Krayden might have said it was 50 temporary foreign workers, at least, who were not available at the start of the pandemic. Is that correct?
View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:57
As it relates to temporary foreign workers, I heard that 50 temporary foreign workers were outside the country.
Ms. Krayden, can you confirm that?
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Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:58
I appreciate that, and I don't mean to cut you off, but I want to keep moving.
What about the margins in the mushroom industry? Is this a high value margin product? Is it low margin? Just respond as quickly as you can.
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Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:58
Janet, in terms of the margins, is this a low-margin or high-margin industry? Maybe it depends on the product.
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Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:58
That would be very helpful.
We heard about the additional cost. Has this created a situation where farmers are losing money, or is it just cutting into their existing margins?
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Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:59
I appreciate that.
View Kody Blois Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Kody Blois Profile
2020-05-27 16:59
I want to go to the comment that was made about the Olympic average, or the weighted average. You said we should just get rid of that.
Mr. Koeslag, could you explain quickly, in about 20 seconds, what you would see as an alternative?
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