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View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-15 11:37
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Minister, and thank you to your team for being with us today.
I want to reflect on what you said in your opening statement on the attack in London.
Minister, last night I joined the vigil in my community in Brampton. I saw many women from all communities looking for allies in the government. I know you're working very hard for them, and you have been working throughout the pandemic. This pandemic has highlighted some inequities in society. I want to ask you about how these are being addressed in budget 2021.
Minister, since the last time you appeared at committee, budget 2021 has been tabled. Can you expand on how that investment from budget 2021 will directly respond to the needs of women or gender-diverse folks and equality?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-14 12:12
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for joining us today.
My question is for Dr. Tunis.
As of this morning, most Peel residents and residents across Ontario hot spots can book their second dose of vaccine, thanks to the increased supply. At our last meeting, Dr. Loh was here and told us about the importance of getting second doses to protect us from variants.
What can you tell us about the effectiveness against the delta variant of any of the vaccines authorized in Canada?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-14 12:14
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Thank you.
As a follow-up question to that, Dr. Tam, although the vaccine rollout is going very well, as Dr. Tunis said, the delta variant is present in Canada.
What should residents in the community know about how this variant differs from the other ones?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-14 12:15
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Thank you, Dr. Tam.
The next question Dr. Lucas or Mr. Stewart can answer.
Public health officials, doctors and scientists have said that vaccines are the best way to protect people from severe COVID-19 outcomes and death from illness, a key part of the post-pandemic return to normal.
For anyone listening who might still be hesitant to get their first dose, what would you say to them directly?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-14 12:16
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Thank you.
General Brodie, I believe that, as of today, roughly 73.6% of eligible Canadians have received at least a first dose, which means, based on anticipated vaccine deliveries, what is the latest that every Canadian who wants to be could be vaccinated?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-14 12:18
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Thank you, General Brodie.
The next question is for the deputy minister of Public Safety.
Throughout the pandemic, Public Safety has approved 85 requests for assistance from the provinces and territories. Can you speak to the process and collaboration that exists between your portfolio and those of your counterparts?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-11 13:52
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Before my time starts, I have a point of clarification. We need to clarify that there's never been a contract between CanSino and the Government of Canada. I believe it was suggested earlier that there was one. This is not correct.
My question is for the witnesses from Dan's Legacy.
As many young people are going back to school, or will be going back in the fall, we know that all levels of government are looking at how to support our return to normal. Where do you think the federal government can be most effective in supporting youth as we reopen, particularly youth in similar circumstances to those your organization supports?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-11 14:29
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Mr. Van Bynen, thank you for sharing your time. I also have a question for Mr. Ahmed.
We can all agree that one of the great tragedies of the pandemic has been the situation in long-term care homes across the country. My caucus colleagues, including my fellow committee member Ms. O'Connell, rang the alarm during the terrible tragedies in long-term care in Ontario.
We know that delivering these services falls to the provinces and territories, but there is a role for the federal government to play in ensuring consistent quality of standards across the different provinces and territories. Would you agree that a national standard for long-term care would be an important step to ensure the safety and dignity of those living in long-term care?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:29
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all of the witnesses who are joining us today.
I'll be directing my questions to Dr. Loh, but I would first like to thank him and his team for all of the hard work they have done in our community during this pandemic.
Dr. Loh, the new delta variant has been found in our community. On June 2 you said that we need to move quickly with second doses in Peel and other hot-spot zones for maximum protection. I agree with you on this need for prioritization.
Have you heard any feedback from the provincial government on prioritizing hot spots for the second dose?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:30
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On April 20 you made the courageous decision to shut down workplaces that see outbreaks of five or more employees in order to avoid workplaces spreading COVID-19 in our community. Do you think there's anything additional that the province could have done to prevent workplace transmission during the height of the third wave in Ontario?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:31
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Brampton is one of the most racialized communities in the entire country. I'm concerned that many of the policies of the Ontario government are disproportionately affecting essential workers who cannot access sick leave, and those who are living in multi-generational households and workplaces that may not be considered truly essential. Do you think the Ontario government has sufficiently examined the impacts of its policies on the community in Brampton?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:32
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Thank you, Dr. Loh.
You said in your statement that the most impacted region, Brampton, has been the hardest hit in the entire province of Ontario. We have seen the horrible impacts of the virus on our community's workers and families. Have you provided any advice to the Ontario government that could have prevented the severity of the tragedy, and did they they really want to hear your advice and take it into account?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:34
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Peel was one of the first communities to have a federally funded voluntary isolation centre to help quarantine people who were not able to safely do so at home.
Could you speak to the effectiveness of the service?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-06-07 11:35
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In your opinion, has the Ontario government done enough to curb community transmission in the first, second or third waves?
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Lib. (ON)
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2021-05-28 15:04
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I'm extremely disappointed with this motion. I have some important questions for the witnesses from New Zealand. I strongly believe it is important to have their perspective studied. I'm very disappointed that my turn was next and the opportunity has been taken away from me. Mr. Davies just said that questions should be offered equally, but this motion personally took my time away today.
We agreed to a subcommittee meeting, following the NDP topic in our work plan as agreed by all members. Letting the witnesses go despite the agreement on the scheduled subcommittee meeting has been disappointing. Is this what we are showing our friends in New Zealand? They woke up at 5 a.m. and have spent hours preparing their testimony, and we are doing this. It's unbelievable.
As I said, you had mentioned that a subcommittee meeting would be held next week after we completed Mr. Davies' study. We had also adopted an earlier subcommittee report in March that said we would have two more PMPRB meetings and proceed to report writing.
This motion is worded in a very confusing way. I'm very concerned about how much time the fourth section of the motion has asked for public officials, these high-ranking public servants, to be on standby for an hour on two different days every week, in the middle of the day, while they are in the middle of managing our response to a global pandemic. It is just asking for two hours. Like everyone, they need to prepare for these meetings. They need to defer other meetings. They're accountable to us, but it is not their job to be grilled with unnecessary questions for multiple hours a week so that an opposition member can get clips for social media.
More than any of that, I'm concerned at this point about the lack of respect that this motion shows for this committee. We have repeatedly said that we should be discussing these things as they grow. As Mr. Van Bynen said, we had the same discussion about the last Standing Order 106(4) meeting, and the quote from Mr. Davies pretty much sums up how this committee should be functioning.
This motion would be in complete contradiction to the spirit of co-operation that Mr. Davies spoke about. This motion by the Conservatives is designed to render the subcommittee meaningless. How is it respectful of this committee if its intention can force the cancellation of a subcommittee meeting where the parties could all work together, off the record, to plot a good way to move forward?
I'm reminded of when they claimed that Canadians were at the back of the lineup to receive vaccines and would not get doses until 2030, but just today NACI recommended the earliest administration of the second dose due to an increased availability of the vaccines. If I may remind, this plan had been made available to the entire country very early on, last year, in 2020. On a recent podcast, Mr. Davies spoke about how inconsistent the Conservatives had been in their criticism of the government. He said they remembered how critical they had been of the government for being too slow to close the borders, and now they criticize the government for hotel quarantine rules and border control measures. They think we should reopen the economy. I cannot really tell what their positions are.
We should not be rewarding this behaviour by wasting public servants' time and inviting them for no reason in particular. If the opposition members would like to take the weekend to think about the topics they would like to discuss with these officials and the most efficient schedule to do that, I'm sure the subcommittee could come to an agreement.
This motion should not pass. The subcommittee should meet on Monday as planned, at which point you and the co-chair, along with Mr. Davies and Mr. Kelloway, can settle the agenda for the remaining meetings.
Thank you.
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