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View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
I want to get to one more question for you here, as we're obviously working with limited time.
This past week, Dion and I had the privilege of travelling to La Ronge, where we got to engage many important stakeholders on the impact of COVID-19 in that area. While we were there, we were able to observe the fact that they were having a groundbreaking ceremony, or a celebration of the funding that was promised in the election, for this wellness, healing and recovery centre that's been funded on that side. I want to thank you for the commitment to follow through on that.
I also had the opportunity this week to speak to Chief Ronald Mitsuing. You would be very aware of the advocacy he's done through the whole Makwa Sahgaiehcan situation that you came upon, I think, on your first day as the minister and how that all played out.
We've talked a lot about northwestern Saskatchewan with La Loche and with Clearwater River Dene Nation. I'm curious whether the government would be supportive of considering a centre on the west side like it's funding on the east side over in La Ronge. There are obviously great needs for Chief Ronald Mitsuing and many of his colleagues on the west side as well. Is that something you've ever talked about or considered, a similar type of facility on the northwest side of Saskatchewan to help that side of the province as well?
View Marc Miller Profile
Lib. (QC)
Yes. It's an excellent point that you raise, because in my discussions with Chief Mitsuing, as you noted, at the very beginning of my mandate, he was facing a crisis within his community, and it is not unique, but communities have unique needs, particularly in mental health. The solutions lie within communities.
I think one of the criticisms we heard from the chief was the challenge with having solutions that are sort of flown in, or even when it comes to tribal councils and the supports that they have, which are very good, the increased needs are financial and also homegrown. The ability to do that can only be done within infrastructure solutions that are always undercapitalized.
I think that's something we've got to take away and keep working on. We have, indeed, done great work in ensuring that the capital is there for services, buildings and infrastructure that can house that increasing pressure, in particular on mental health—
View Marc Miller Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Mumilaaq Qaqqaq Profile
NDP (NU)
View Mumilaaq Qaqqaq Profile
2020-06-19 12:53
Thank you. Matna, Chair.
I'll start by saying that we are starting this late because we were still waiting on the ministers to come on, knowing full well we've been doing this for a number of weeks. We know how a sound check works. This is why we get online a half an hour before. These are very important questions to be answered. Exactly as has been said, we are looking at what needs to change and where we need to make improvements, where the Liberal government needs to make improvements.
I don't think it's fully appreciated what impression indigenous communities get when a Liberal insider is given a contract, yet so many of our basic requests go unanswered. Nunavut has only seven ventilators. We have valid testing in only two of the 25 communities. We don't have enough clean water. Tuberculosis is still rampant, and there are so many other things.
If SARS, H1N1 and COVID-19 aren't the right time to act on long-term investments for people, then when is the right time?
Minister Miller, I'll start there.
View Marc Miller Profile
Lib. (QC)
MP Qaqqaq, I will be very short with that. I will simply say that I agree with your statement. I think we need to take a really sober look at the needs, going forward, as to what the new normal is in massive infrastructure investments when we look at overcrowding.
Sure, I could tell you about the investments that the government has made since 2015, but you probably don't want to hear that, because that isn't the situation in communities that have overpopulation, which makes them more susceptible to tuberculosis. Those rates are unacceptable anywhere in the world, let alone in one of the best countries in the world. I think you're absolutely right in your observation.
I would simply say, in response to the point about a Liberal insider, that I have no knowledge of this person and I don't believe this person had any influence in any form of decision-making at all. I would just simply leave it at that, because I think your first point was exceedingly important.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
The Minister of Infrastructure claims that the government funded 52,000 infrastructure projects. Yesterday, the Parliamentary Budget Officer said that about 20,000 projects were missing from the list submitted by the government.
Will the government's financial snapshot provide all the details of each of these projects, yes or no?
View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I have decided to make my response in English in response to the misleading words that were spoken in the House yesterday by the member for Carleton. I'd like to believe the member would not deliberately mislead the House, so I would ask that he retract and correct his false claim that the PBO said infrastructure projects are missing. In fact, the PBO report confirms—
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
I have a simple question. If they exist, will the minister commit to providing the dates, amounts, locations and all the other details regarding the 52,000 projects, yes or no?
View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
I'm asking the member for Carleton in French to correct what he said in Parliament, because it's false. We certainly submitted the 53,000 projects. I'm asking the member to correct what he said.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
For some time now, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities has foreshadowed a new green-focused COVID-19 infrastructure program. Unfortunately, details are sparse. The communities best acquainted with their local green infrastructure needs are being left out of the discussion entirely. My constituents are concerned especially about the health of the Fraser River and the threat of flooding.
Will the Fraser River, the most productive salmon river in the world, receive the supports it needs from this new program?
View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I'm always happy to talk about our investments in green infrastructure, but in protecting our environment generally, this has been a huge focus of our infrastructure plan. We've been making investments across the country, both to reduce emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
I'm happy to talk to the member about possible opportunities, whether it's through my portfolio or through another department.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Again, there's no answer.
Now let's move on to infrastructure. The government says that it has funded 52,122 infrastructure projects. Will this snapshot give the date, location, cost and project description for every single one of those projects, yes or no?
View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I am very pleased to see that the Parliamentary Budget Officer has confirmed our historic investing in Canada plan continues to create jobs. We were up from 31,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2016 to more than 91,000 jobs last year. We've invested in more than 53,000 projects, confirmed by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, and more than $51 billion—
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Will the government table a list of all 52,122 projects, yes or no?
View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I know how much the member opposite loves reading reports, so I encourage him to read the Parliamentary Budget Officer's report where he confirms the more than 53,000—
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