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View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Chair. I will be sharing some of my time with MP Vecchio.
I have just a quick comment regarding Mission, British Columbia, the community I'm in right now. The number of homeless has tripled from about 63 in 2017 to 178 in 2020, which is more than any other municipality in the Fraser Valley regional district. As a community, though, we are too small to qualify as an urban centre and too big under the rural stream for Reaching Home. In essence, we are the missing middle.
I just want to share with committee members that right behind me is actually the shelter where homeless people live. We don't qualify for that funding. I was pleased that Abbotsford got some. Mission really needs support too, but we don't get it.
I'll switch now to the mortgage brokers. I've heard directly from mortgage brokers regarding the Canada emergency business account. They have shared that the CEBA is being pegged against their mortgage debt when applying for a mortgage. In some cases it's impacting their ability to purchase a home.
Has your organization heard anything about this taking place?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
As I understand it, the CEBA is not meant to count against someone's overall debt when applying for a home. Maybe we need to have a conversation with some of those local banks or credit unions.
That was really my only big question. I will turn it over to MP Vecchio unless you have another quick comment, Mr. Taylor.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
That's very helpful. Thank you.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
I don't believe it's me, Mr. Chair. I believe it's Mr. Albas.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mrs. Corriveau, thank you for your testimony.
Recently, the Government of Canada announced a one-time payment of $600 for people with disabilities to help with the additional costs they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government recently announced that this payment would not be made until the fall, several months after Canadians have felt the impact of COVID-19 on their expenses.
Based on your work, you have experience working with individuals living in low-income housing, some of whom may be experiencing financial hardship because of a disability. How important do you think it is that this tax credit be provided sooner than currently estimated by the Liberal government?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
I agree with what you're saying.
Based on what you have heard from individuals and families living in low-income housing and from your organization's perspective, what will the future concerns be in terms of providing people with decent living conditions?
Does FRAPRU have the resources to continue to provide assistance?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Mr. Taylor, I appreciate the explanation you've given. Obviously COVID-19 has created a lot of challenges for policy-makers. You've talked a little bit about the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and about making some minor changes to allow for banks and other mortgage carriers to have a 5% pocket, or a set-aside, so that it doesn't affect the overall amount of the mortgages they have under deferral.
Could you maybe elaborate on that, why that would be important for offering some flexibility not only for those borrowers but also for the institutions?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
This brings up two points. First, the banks would not have to immediately foreclose and put a lot of people in a lot of stress trying to go through the system to recover their mortgage. Second, it would also ensure that there would not suddenly be a lot of homes going on the market at reduced rates. Obviously, that might please some people, but again, that could be factor, especially if you're in a particular neighbourhood that is dependent on one mill or a large factory.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Great. I'm glad to hear that.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
I will be supporting Mr. Harris's motion, although I don't think we really even need to have a vote. Quite honestly, I think there will be a consensus and we can move right to witnesses.
On that point, if we are going to have a debate on the motion, if you find it's in order, I would simply say [Technical difficulty—Editor] change our mind from the motion that was passed earlier, but I always believe that more information is important. In this committee, we are often asked by the rest of our members of Parliament to know a lot about every issue and every facet.
I will be supporting this. More information is good, in my mind.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to say thank you to all our witnesses for their testimony today.
Mr. Chatigny, if you wouldn't mind, I'll start with you.
I am concerned about the safety of the 300,000-plus Canadians who reside in Hong Kong. I'm also concerned that the Canadian government may or may not be ready in case many of them decide to come home, and many may not have proper documentation, for example a Canadian passport.
I believe you've mentioned that the communist regime in China may exert some control over who can leave based on what travel documents they have. Is this a concern, and how does the Canadian government address it quickly?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay. We've had in this committee former ambassador Mulroney come and talk to us about the need for Canada to take action, obviously working with allies, but to also, more importantly, rethink our foreign policy framework when it comes to China.
Now, just the way this has all happened in Hong Kong, it begs the question of whether or not China even respects its own policy of one country, two systems. I'm also concerned about what that may mean for other parts of that policy, including Taiwan.
I'll ask Professor Hom first, and then maybe I'll ask the other two to also speak to it.
Do you believe that Taiwan will be the next target after Hong Kong?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Yes. I appreciate your testimony.
Mr. Kaeding, you haven't had a chance to speak in my intervention. What do you think in terms of Taiwan? Will it be next?
View Tracy Gray Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'll start my questions with Mr. Landon from Universities Canada.
Since COVID-19 is taking most students out of their physical classrooms, have you heard, with all the universities that you represent, if they're looking at increasing their class sizes due to the fact that they might have been restricted previously because of classroom physical limitations?
View Tracy Gray Profile
CPC (BC)
I'll go on with a couple of other questions.
Of course, this might be different for each university, but as an average going across the country, what is the average percentage of tuition that comes from international students?
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