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View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to the witnesses. I appreciate all the responses to the questions that have been provided. A lot of the questions are starting to become repetitive.
My concern continues to be that this program was created to deliver $900 million to support students. The future of those funds is unclear, now that the program has not been implemented, and it's a huge loss of opportunity for the youth across our country.
My first question is about a July 3, 2020 news article. The editor-in-chief of The Charity Report stated that WE Charity has connections to “18,000 schools in Canada, the U.S. and the UK” making it “Canada's largest youth” network; however, “WE does not have those kinds of relationships with other non-profit organizations and charities” necessary to find placements for youth.
How effective would a charitable or non-profit organization such as WE Charity have been in recruiting and finding placements for student volunteers?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you.
My next question is in regard to the $8 million that remains outstanding and is to be reimbursed. Could you tell us why this has not been paid? Why wasn't this paid along with the other portion of money you reimbursed? I'm sure there are people from ESDC watching, and maybe they need to hear this.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I have one more question. This has been asked before, but I think it's important that everybody is clear on this situation.
I want you to confirm that the expenses incurred before the CA was signed were at WE's own risk. Can you tell us a little bit about why you would take that risk? It's a lot of money.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to Mr. Cameron for joining us today.
I want to ask about the Katimavik program. It's an Inuit name, an Inuit language name. I see it's located in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, but I don't see any projects in the north.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
You would have had the capacity to deliver in the Northwest Territories with the CSSG. Is that what you're saying?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I know historically we saw a lot of people from your organization in the north. We saw a lot of people in different communities, and I don't see that anymore. I don't see anybody from your organization in the communities, and I travel right across the Northwest Territories.
Is that something as a result of the cuts that happened during the Harper government in 2012? You pulled back. You have a Inuit name, but you don't have a strong presence in the north.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I'm sure the impacts in 2012 affected the Katimavik organization. How have the impacts that happened here for this youth opportunity affected your organization?
I think there are a lot of concerns around missed opportunity for the north, but there are also concerns about the ripple effects that have happened to charities and non-profit organizations that have missed out, including all the individuals who would have served and were served by those organizations from coast to coast to coast. Could you talk about that, including how this has impacted your organization?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I just want to point out that you have a really strong indigenous theme. You have a name that, in the Inuit language, means “meeting place”. You strongly support learning of the history of indigenous peoples. You support culture and truth and reconciliation. It would be nice to see some of your criteria go further than just English and French, to maybe use indigenous languages as something you're seeking also for your board members.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to the Prime Minister for joining us here today.
I'm glad that when the question was brought to the cabinet table to run a summer student program you said yes. I think it's very important that we do so, and I think it is something that we should continue to try to achieve.
This is our fifth meeting on the topic of government spending, WE and the Canada student service grant. Throughout this whole study my greatest concern is that, for the whole month since it was determined WE was no longer going to administer the program, the program is now in jeopardy. That is one whole month that youth have missed out on the experiences and assistance the Canada student service grant could have provided in many parts of the country, including here in the north—I'm the member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, for those that don't know—and indigenous communities. Many of our youth already face many barriers to opportunities that other parts of the country enjoy. We are remote. We struggle with connectivity. There's a high cost of living.
Is the government is going to address the fact that our youth have lost out because of this delay?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you for that response.
I heard your response to my colleague when he asked about this program earlier. I'm hoping I can use this opportunity to encourage the delivery of this program, maybe through the public service instead, and the consideration of adjusting the original eligibility period to sometime down the road into October, or perhaps re-profiling the grant funding into another program to support young Canadians.
Is that something cabinet would be interested in talking about?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I just wanted to ask if he could lay out some of the challenges that the Canada service corps program faced that made it unable to deliver the program initially.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for the presentation today and for joining us to answer our many questions.
There is a lot of work that's been happening on this issue. As I mentioned to the Prime Minister, we have now had five meetings on this study. I think there are probably going to be two other committees, if they're not already in place, and reviewing and studying this is all happening in the middle of a pandemic.
After every session that we have, I always get a lot of calls. People ask me about certain concerns they have, certain issues that they don't understand, or they ask me to explain things.
You've mentioned the COVID committee a couple of times now. Could you elaborate a little bit on what it does and what its responsibilities are?
That's my first question.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Could you give us an idea of how many other programs have gone through the COVID committee and/or cabinet during this time period since this committee was formed?
I know there are many things on the go right now.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Through all these programs that you mentioned—and there are more that you didn't mention—is the advice of the public service taken on the implementation of all these different programs? Is there a mechanism for input from the public service?
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