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View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
In the north I think we have a number of challenges that the rest of the country doesn't face. I'm hoping that as the government rolls out its recovery supports, like the $14 billion announced last week to help reopen the provincial and territorial economies safely and carefully, the government and you would consider delivering these funds on a base-plus per capita allocation, which is a lot better for us. We have small populations; we have a significantly higher cost of living and doing business than the rest of Canada. Would you look at that? It's been done historically with other programs.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the department.
This is for anybody in the department.
The recent HUMA report called “Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors” recommended that the federal government work with the federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health and social programs to develop pan-Canadian guidelines for services to be provided to seniors, regardless of where they reside in Canada.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both issues related to limited services as well as inequities across the country. Moreover, it was recently reported that 79% of all deaths from COVID-19 were related to long-term care facilities.
What action is the government taking in the short term to work with provincial and territorial partners to ensure that seniors have access to the supports they need to age in place?
Anybody can take that.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Would certain steps by the federal government assist in addressing this situation? For example, there could be greater flexibility and cost-sharing for big infrastructure projects, greater usage of base plus per capita allocations of federal programming, and, last, increasing the debt limit, which is something we've been asking to have for a while and is an issue that is of greater urgency now. At the start of 2020, the Government of the Northwest Territories was about $300 million away from hitting its $1.3-billion debt limit.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
You mentioned that the GNWT had paused on regular business because of COVID-19. I think the federal government, for the most part, has done the same in terms of the budget that was supposed to have come forward on March 30. It has now been deferred.
As the NWT economy emerges from this pandemic and starts to look at next steps, I want you to talk a little more about what the federal government can do to assist in this recovery.
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