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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 Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Welcome to meeting number 12 of the House of Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations. Pursuant to the order of reference of July 20, 2020, the committee is meeting on its study of Canada-China relations.
Today's meeting is taking place via video conference.
Here are a few rules to follow to ensure that the meeting runs smoothly.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much like any regular committee meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of either Floor, English or French. As you are speaking, if you plan to alternate from one language to the other, you will need to also switch the interpretation channel so it aligns with the language you are speaking. You may want to allow for a short pause when switching languages.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, you can click on the microphone icon to activate your mic.
If members wish to raise a point of order, they must activate their mic and indicate that they wish to make a point of order. If members wish to speak on a point of order raised by another member, they must use the Raise Hand function to let the Chair know that they wish to speak. To do so, click on Participants at the bottom of the screen. When the list appears next to your name, you will see an option to raise your hand.
Make sure you speak slowly and clearly. When you are not speaking, your mic should be on mute. The use of headsets is strongly encouraged.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Before we get started, can everyone click on their screen in the top right-hand corner to ensure they are on gallery view? With this view, you should be able to see all the participants in a grid view. It will ensure that all video participants can see one another. As is the case during in-person meetings, the public will only see the participant who is speaking.
Now, colleagues, we're on to committee business. We have two notices of motion, as well as a motion. We have two from Mr. Genuis and then one from Mr. Harris.
Mr. Genuis, which would you like to do first?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Okay. I'll read the motion for the benefit of members and then I'll go to you for debate. I'll keep a list of who else wishes to speak.
The motion was moved by Garnett Genuis during the meeting of Thursday, August 6. Debate was adjourned on this motion and now it's coming back, of course. The motion says:
That this committee call for dialogue between the Tibetan Central Administration and the government of the People's Republic of China with a view to enabling Tibet to exercise genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution, and report this motion to the House.
Mr. Genuis.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Genuis.
Not seeing any hands up—
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I'm sorry, Ms. Alleslev. We'll go over to you and then to Mr. Harris.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
The clerk may need you to repeat that.
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