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View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I, too, would like to thank the witnesses. I would like to ask Mr. Wilson a question.
Mr. Wilson, you appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance today. In your testimony, you seemed to say that the maintenance of activities was largely due to programs such as the emergency wage subsidy.
However, you also talked about the decline in some sectors, which could be as much as 13%. You also said that it may take until 2022 before everything returns to normal.
How do you see the solutions that have been proposed?
Are solutions such as the emergency wage subsidy, solutions that have worked in the short term but will not work in the medium term?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Wilson.
I'd now like to talk about skilled jobs.
You mentioned innovation through human capital, human resources. In another life, I sat on the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail with the manufacturing sector. These questions are important, but does the solution not also come from those who are already employed, not just those who are in school? In-house training would therefore be important.
Do you think wages in the sector are competitive enough to encourage people to work?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
I would add that, in the recovery, there will have to be a transition in the industrial world, and workers will play a very important role. In the workplace, knowledge and training will have to be updated, and skills will have to be upgraded.
Thank you very much.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, before the witnesses leave, I'd like to ask you something.
Since the other parties have used up their time, I'd like the Bloc Québécois and the NDP, in all fairness, to have their five minutes. It's currently 6:05 p.m., and we could continue the meeting.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
My question is for Mr. Keyhani.
There's a lot of talk about e-commerce and digital skills development. In a recovery, e-commerce and buying local are very important, but to develop all of this, the regions absolutely must have access to the Internet.
Why do you think it is impossible to develop the network in the regions? Is it because it's less profitable for urban businesses than for rural ones? Is it because governments should invest more? We have been talking about this for a long time, and we believe it should be resolved.
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
What do you think is preventing it?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Isn't it also a question of profitability? It's less of an issue in urban areas than in rural ones. Canada is a big country, we understand that. Shouldn't it be seen as an investment, rather than an expense? Is it because it isn't profitable enough for these companies?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Kucheran, I'd like to ask you a question. When you testified before the Standing Committee on Finance regarding government contracts, you talked about assistance in meeting the conditions, and that's normal. There is a call for a recovery, and it will be necessary to rely on infrastructure, but there are conditions to be met in terms of occupational health and safety.
Have you had any response from the government to the requests you've made? If so, does it meet the requirements for recovery in your sector?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Has the government responded to your requests?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
There's another question I can't help but ask because you talked about the percentage of women in the construction industry.
It's a reality in Quebec. We have incentives to encourage women to work in non-traditional jobs. However, women who do so often leave their jobs because the working conditions put in place by the businesses ensure that there is no equality and that there is discrimination.
From what you see in the workplace, are there still things that can be done to correct this situation?
View Louise Chabot Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you very much.
I have one last question to ask, and it's for Ms. Nord.
Ms. Nord, you spoke in your testimony about the Canada emergency response benefit, or CERB, and the Canada emergency student benefit, or CESB. You recommended a comprehensive review of employment insurance. With respect to the CERB and CESB, our party has proposed that support for workers and students be accompanied by employment incentives.
Do you think these benefits are an incentive, and if not, how could they become an incentive?
View Mario Simard Profile
BQ (QC)
View Mario Simard Profile
2020-05-28 12:13
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to speak to you today about a solid man who unfortunately passed away on May 25. We were greatly saddened to learn about the death of Francis Dufour. This builder of Quebec's political history drew his last breath at the age of 91, late Sunday night.
Mr. Dufour was the archetypal proud representative of my region who spent his entire life in Jonquière. He first became involved in the Alcan employee's union in Arvida, then continued his civic involvement at the municipal level as mayor, then in the Quebec National Assembly as the member for Jonquière.
He will be remembered as a man with deep ties to his community, a man of integrity, a people person, who dedicated himself to serving citizens and advancing the independence movement in Quebec.
On behalf of the people of the riding of Jonquière and all the people of Quebec, I offer my most sincere condolences to Francis Dufour's family and loved ones.
Thank you.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Good afternoon, Mr. Chair. I've missed you, by the way.
On another note, the emergency wage subsidy was created for people who fear for their jobs or their businesses. It's for people who need it, not for millionaire political parties like the Liberals and Conservatives. In Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, as in many other ridings, we respond daily to businesses that don't have access to it.
Unfortunately, there are people in our ridings who won't have the opportunity to hire staff this summer. There are businesses that are losing less than 30% of their revenues; they are losing 29%. These businesses won't have access to it. Everywhere we look, there are businesses that are falling through the cracks. Meanwhile, the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting the wage subsidy to fund partisan activities. I repeat: it is to fund partisan activities. The Liberals and Conservatives don't even do it on the sly; they do it openly.
These two parties have raised millions of dollars since January. Every dollar that's taken comes out of the taxpayers' pockets. It's the workers' money, not the political parties'. It's so embarrassing that it's shameful, disrespectful and ridiculous.
The Liberals and the Conservatives have to pay that money back. I think that's obvious. For the Bloc Québécois, its immeasurably clear. It's a question of ethics, morality and respect for citizens.
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I'll try not to spend too much time.
Will the Liberal Party of Canada pay back the money it took from the wage subsidy program, yes or no?
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I'll take that as a no.
In my riding, Trillium Media owns several weeklies. The company doesn't qualify for the wage subsidy because it has suffered losses of 28% instead of 30%. The historic village of Val-Jalbert is in the same situation.
Does the Liberal Party of Canada consider itself to be in greater financial difficulty than the historic village of Val-Jalbert and Trillium Media?
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I'll take that as a yes.
Does my hon. colleague take into account the fact that the billions of dollars that are currently being handed out come from taxpayers' pockets? It even comes from the pockets of people who have lost their jobs and who pay taxes when they go to the corner store.
On the other side of the House, is it considered justified for multi-million dollar parties to finance themselves with public funds, yes or no?
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I'll take that as a yes.
It's fantastic! The money that the Liberals are going to get from the wage subsidy is going to go directly into their election kitty.
When they go to get their election expenses reimbursed, they're going to get 60% of that money back. So they'll have made the wage subsidy work for them. The businesses that'll have access to it won't, but the political parties will.
Doesn't that contravene the Canada Elections Act, yes or no?
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
I don't know how to take it this time. I didn't get it all.
I think it's necessary to stop, eject and throw the tape out, and provide an honest answer to the questions we ask.
Can my colleague across the way answer a very simple question? Are their employees going to be used for political fundraising and so, once again, make the generous wage subsidy they receive work for them, yes or no?
View Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, we've already seen a Duceppe who denounces the use of federal programs by the Liberal Party for the Liberal Party.
Can my hon. colleague tell me if she's able to look the entrepreneurs in her riding in the eye and tell them that they don't deserve the wage subsidy, because their loss of income is only 28% or 29%, while her party is dipping into the cookie jar, yes or no?
View Andréanne Larouche Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I have a point of order.
The sound is not very good. This happens when ministers respond in the House.
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2020-05-28 13:12
Mr. Chair, I'm feeling generous today, and I will be sharing my time with my colleague from Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères.
At the beginning of the crisis, the government called on entrepreneurs in Quebec and Canada, inviting them to set an example in the situation we are experiencing. Many of them turned to the supplemental unemployment benefit (SUB) plan to maintain the employment relationship and to preserve some security, enabling their employees to get through this difficult period with more peace of mind.
However, on May 22, despite the fact that these entrepreneurs had made sure that the SUB program would still be in place when the CERB was introduced, they were surprised. Employees were told at that time that they would have to repay the CERB because of the alleged gains they had made under the SUB program. At SOPREMA, one of the large employers in the Drummondville region, 150 employees are affected. At Bridgestone, in Joliette, 1,100 employees are affected by this decision. At Goodyear, in Valleyfield, 150 employees are affected, and there are dozens more.
Does the minister intend to correct this mistake so that employers who are able and willing to do so can treat their employees better during this difficult period?
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2020-05-28 13:15
Mr. Chair, employers received absolutely no news from the government before this measure was implemented, despite the fact that they were assured that this measure would be transferred to the CERB. That's not an answer when those folks acted honestly and in good faith. They feel cheated, and rightly so.
Does the government intend to fix this mistake, which would simply be the right thing to do?
View Xavier Barsalou-Duval Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
On April 27, Option consommateurs sent a letter to the Minister of Transport to warn him that the airlines' refusal to reimburse their customers for cancelled flights was contrary to Quebec's laws.
What is the minister going to do to put an end to this situation?
View Xavier Barsalou-Duval Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, the minister sounds like a broken record.
A few hours ago, the following motion was passed unanimously: “THAT the National Assembly ask the Government of Canada to order airlines and other carriers under federal jurisdiction to allow customers whose trips have been cancelled because of the current pandemic to obtain a refund.”
What will the Minister of Transport tell the National Assembly of Quebec?
View Xavier Barsalou-Duval Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I find it rather odd that the Minister of Transport and the Canadian Transportation Agency are telling the airlines that Quebec's regulations and laws are not important and that they can override them. It seems to me that this is a strange way to operate. Theoretically, under the famous Canadian Constitution, which they imposed on us, that is not how it should work.
Can they uphold their own constitution?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
At a time when we are asking our fellow citizens and Quebeckers to make sacrifices and even greater efforts, the Liberal Party, the government, is directly pilfering from a subsidy program that should be going to those who need it, not to rich political parties and their millionaire supporters.
At a time when the work in the House is even more essential—we should be working even harder, just as we are asking the people to do—the government, with the complicity of the NDP, decides to suspend the work of the House. This is the result of an absurd agreement that is absolutely impossible for it to implement.
Can the government confirm to the House, and simultaneously to the NDP, that the measure involving 10 days of leave is absolutely not something it can do?
It is not in its jurisdiction, so it is a measure that it cannot implement.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
Let me shoot the puck back to the Leader of the Government in the House. He himself decided to close the rink, to shut down Parliament. That is where the teams are, and that is where the goals are scored.
But when you play a sport, when you are on a team, and when you are in Parliament, you still have to play by the rules. But the government does not keep its word. It made a promise to us as well, just like it made one to the NDP. It was about the Canada emergency student benefit. The Deputy Prime Minister herself said that it was certainly a good idea. What did the government do? It backed away.
I play on a team and I play by the rules. I take it at its word because this is the right place. Here, in this chamber.
So I would like the government to tell people that this measure is absolutely not in their jurisdiction. That was my previous question. It was not about which parties were negotiating or not and when they kept their word or not. The NDP has to realize that their agreement is absolutely worthless.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
I urge the honourable Leader of the Government to recall the House. I am ready to be here, on the ice, all the time. I must remind him that we are not sulking. The Bloc Québécois has self-respect and respect for the public.
An agreement is not a promise, it is an agreement. A word is given in dignity and sincerity; a bond of trust is created.
When a player decides not to play by the rules, I do not let myself be taken in twice. I prefer to negotiate here, as we should be doing all the time in Parliament, not trying to play with someone who never keeps his word.
I would just like the Leader of the Government in the House to tell us that the measure about the 10 days is not up to him and so he will not be able to make it happen.
I could also ask him whether he found out from the Government of Quebec whether it agreed with the measure.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
Let me teach the Leader of the Government in the House some arithmetic.
First, 37.5 hours per week, as well as the time we spend sitting on our normal committees, is quite a bit more than the eight short hours each week he is giving us.
Second, once again, the leader said that it is absolutely not in his jurisdiction. So he reaches agreements with parties though his word is worth nothing. I hope that the NDP has not reached an agreement with him.
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Forgive me for interrupting you, Ms. MacDonald-Dewhirst.
Mr. Chair, could we take a little break? We're not hearing the interpretation very well. I think the witness should bring her microphone closer.
View Caroline Desbiens Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank my colleague Yves Perron for giving me the floor during the first round of questions.
I also thank the witnesses for their very interesting presentations.
I'm from Charlevoix. I have visited with the farmers in my riding in order to get a feel for real life. I have talked to people about the company Champignons Charlevoix, a great company that is expanding. Champignons Charlevoix supplies mushrooms to hotels, restaurants and inns. As you probably know, Charlevoix is a choice destination.
Since people can no longer make orders or purchases, Champignons Charlevoix has revised its way of doing things. Indeed, the company has gone into retail. The company now produces pickled and dried mushrooms. These products are sold in the boutique, but since that is closed, online commerce has served as a lifeline. Online trade was already possible, and it was effective. However, the company now realizes that it could further develop e-commerce internationally. Of course, the complexity of international relations, international trade and privacy protection when shopping online means that the company is limited in this respect.
Ms. Robitaille's question was whether there was a possibility that the government would invest in the future. Mr. Koeslag or Ms. Krayden, what do you think?
We in the Bloc Québécois are thinking about the future, the post-COVID-19 period. Is there a way to invest in order to save certain businesses, such as Champignons Charlevoix, in terms of e-commerce, for example?
View Caroline Desbiens Profile
BQ (QC)
There is also a demand for a more developed postal service. A delivery used to take three or four days; today, it takes more than two weeks, or even three weeks, with Canada Post. There would surely be investments to be made in that area as well.
I'm going to talk to you a little bit about labour.
As far as seasonal workers are concerned, we in the Bloc Québécois still think the same thing, that the federal government should have been responsible for quarantining seasonal workers arriving in Quebec. That would obviously have saved a lot of energy for the farm owner-operators.
Farmers like those on Île d'Orléans should have been in the fields working to save the day by planting as much as possible with the help of their families, cousins or neighbours while waiting for foreign workers to arrive. Instead, they spent all their energy trying to house the workers, enforce physical distancing, and get equipment.
Do you think the $1,500 per worker could be made more accessible now? The application process is complex, and farmers are in the fields right now. So they don't have time to send out invoices, receipts. They are being asked to do a lot of things so that they can benefit from the $1,500, which is not enough anyway.
What do you think? I'd like your comments on that.
View Caroline Desbiens Profile
BQ (QC)
Yes, or perhaps Mr. Couturier, who handles the labour side of things, could answer.
View Caroline Desbiens Profile
BQ (QC)
That's what I think too.
Briefly—this is addressed to either of you—with respect to the gap between what the United States has given in support to their farmers and what the Government of Canada is giving, is that—
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Good afternoon, everyone.
I want to thank the witnesses for joining us today.
Mr. Lampron, at this time, when I ask questions about compensation payments following free trade agreements, I'm told that this isn't the right time and that other priorities must be addressed.
Could you explain to the committee the importance of receiving this money now and how it could help you?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
If I understand you correctly, you're telling me that the impact is already being felt. You need the money now and you want direct payments. The message is quite clear.
You thanked the government for its amendment to the Canadian Dairy Commission Act. That's good.
Do you think that it took a long time to make the amendment? If the amendment had been made earlier in the crisis, could you have avoided throwing away so much milk?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
You're very kind.
You spoke of the importance of supply management and its system. I'm pleased, because all my colleagues seem to understand the importance of maintaining this system. I suppose that you would be in favour of potential legislation that protects supply management to ensure that the system is no longer affected, because an 18% cut in your production is enough.
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Lampron. You referred to the last three agreements. That's why I find you very kind and polite.
Mr. Frigon, I want to hear about how the entry into force of CUSMA on July 1 will affect you and your industry. Apparently, you were told that the agreement would come into effect on August 1. Can you take about 20 seconds to respond?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
You suffered a loss that wasn't anticipated, and this comes on top of everything else.
You referred earlier to the tariff rate quotas resulting from the agreement with Europe. Over half of these quotas have been allocated to non-dairy agents, distributors, not to mention any names.
Can you explain the negative impact of this situation? What could happen if the same mistake is made in the agreement with the United States?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Frigon, if tariff rate quotas, or quotas, aren't allocated overwhelmingly to processors, this increases the losses for the industry. This will increase the need for compensation in a different way. You also need compensation, and you also want a time frame.
Is that right?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Have you received any commitments in this area so far, or do you have no sound, image or news?
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
The committee members fully understand the tremendous importance of being sensitive to this request in order to minimize the impact on the industry.
I think that my time is up.
Thank you for coming to speak to us. I can tell you that we appreciate your arguments. We hope that the people in the government will appreciate them as much as we do.
View Yves Perron Profile
BQ (QC)
Once again, we agree, Mr. Lehoux.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I'll be speaking instead of Mr. Thériault. Mr. Thériault won't be here today. I'll be speaking three times, if that's fine with you.
I want to thank all the guests and witnesses for being here. Every day, we have the opportunity to hear from witnesses like you, and this really gives us valuable food for thought.
I want to take the time to remind everyone that this week is paramedic and pre-hospital emergency care week. I want to acknowledge their front-line work, which is essential in the current difficult period caused by COVID-19.
My first questions are for Mr. Sauvé. The federal government provided almost $100 million to meet the new requirements created, whether we like it or not, as a result of COVID-19. I believe that this funding is also meant to meet other needs that fall within the purview of your organization.
I want to know how much money is being directly or indirectly invested in connection with COVID-19 and your organization.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
The third area of focus that you referred to earlier was the deployment of personnel directly to the centres or on the ground.
Could you elaborate on this, but with respect to the city of Montreal? Are you talking about deploying personnel to CHSLDs?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
What type of support are you receiving from the Government of Quebec or the health department in this case? What type of relationship do you have?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
So you're telling me that—
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Sauvé, I want to go back to what you said about the $100 million provided by the Canadian government.
We hear that Red Cross funding is slow to reach Quebec. Is that true? What would be a reasonable time frame?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Yes, exactly. We're hearing this from funded organizations. Do you think that this is true, and what would be a reasonable time frame?
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
I'll provide an example. According to the president and executive director of the Centraide of Greater Montreal, two weeks ago, two months after the start of the pandemic, her organization hadn't yet received a cent. I don't know whether this issue was resolved or whether this is a reasonable time frame. This may be outside your purview. I don't know.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
I want to ask one final quick question.
You helped the seniors' residences in Quebec—
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Polsinelli, how do you view the current crisis in Quebec?
This may be a little outside your area of expertise. However, I'd really like to hear your views on this matter, please.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Yes, exactly. I'm thinking of the situation in the residences.
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
In the few remaining seconds, I'd like to hear your opinion on the recommendations—
View Luc Desilets Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Martin Champoux Profile
BQ (QC)
View Martin Champoux Profile
2020-05-27 12:13
Mr. Chair, I would like to recognize the resilience of Quebeckers concerned for their jobs or their businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
They need us to plan for after the crisis, and we must do so now. To do so, we need the proper information. We need to know the status of the public finances. That is why the Bloc Québécois is demanding that the government present an economic update, and that it do so before June 17. This is not about making a spectacle. Everyone knows that the deficit will be huge. We had to provide the people with support and we all agree on that. But we have to know to what extent. We also have to know where we are starting from so that we can plan where we are going. This is about respecting the public, because they are the ones who will be paying the bill.
In closing, I would like to remind the government that one group is not really contributing to the public purse at the moment. I am talking about the tech giants, the GAFAM group, that have never before been used to the extent that they are now, and that are still not paying a cent in tax in Canada. The Liberals promised to correct this injustice. Now is a great time for them to do so.
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