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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-20 16:38
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Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I also wanted to pass along some thanks to the interpreters in the booth, the technical folks and the staff who sit behind us and prepare us for these meetings. This wouldn't be able to happen without you.
Minister, this is a great week for Canada. I'm really excited about the prospect of Trans Mountain. You've been a leader in our party not only on the infrastructure file, but since you've taken over this very delicate but economically vital matter of twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline. You've been a very steady hand at the wheel.
I just want to get a sense from you of how important it is not only to you personally but also to Albertans to have this significant victory in finally getting an opportunity to triple the capacity of this pipeline.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
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2019-06-20 16:40
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Thank you very much, Minister.
In your opening remarks, you chastised the Conservatives for wanting to do appeals and for taking the legislative route. I must admit that I was also nervous about the path that had been chosen. You and the Minister of Finance convinced me that it was the right way and, of course, I guess now I have to admit that I was wrong on this and you were right, so congratulations on that.
I also have found that some of the opposition rhetoric on this project—including at today's meeting, when the member suggested that somehow we should have begun the process of obtaining permits and entering into construction contracts prior to the completion of the process—demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how this process is meant to work. How irresponsible would it have been to prejudge the outcome or to have rushed this court-required and constitutionally required process?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-20 16:42
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I'm sorry, Mr. Minister, but were all those decisions and mistakes that were highlighted in the Federal Court of Appeal decision made when the Conservatives where in power?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-20 16:42
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We've had a lot of difficulty until very recently on clearing exploratory drilling on the east coast, and of course we have the injunction on TMX. Bill C-69 seems to achieve the right balance and seems to push us beyond the mistakes that existed in CEAA 2012 to ensure these types of mistakes don't happen again. Are you confident that's the case?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-20 16:43
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We were very excited to see that completed in December to provide an off-ramp from exploratory drilling and massive environmental assessments on a well-by-well basis. That's a great initiative from your and Minister McKenna's departments.
Another concern that's been expressed to me is that we want to make sure the Canadian building trades have access to as much of the work on the Trans Mountain expansion as possible. I know there are different thresholds and limits in other projects. How can we ensure that Canadian workers benefit as much as possible from this megaproject?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-20 16:44
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As a final very short question, there's been some scuttlebutt at the table here about whether or not a constitutional right is implicated in this process. I'm perhaps not as close to this issue as you are, but do you feel that the section 35 rights of indigenous peoples are implicated by the expansion, and was that something that we were trying to make sure we got right with Bill C-69?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
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2019-06-20 16:46
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I agree.
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you very much, Commissioner, for coming here today. I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to question you on these very serious allegations concerning forced sterilization of women, especially indigenous women, in Canada.
Obviously, you said that no complaint has ever been made to the RCMP.
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Is there a statute of limitations on the sterilization of women? If someone came forward and said they had a complaint, would you be able to say, “That happened 20 years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago”, or another number, and say, “We can't investigate”?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Obviously this has been in the media for a number of years now. It's been out there. If the allegations that are being debated in society are false, I believe that deserves to be investigated. If those allegations are true, that deserves to be investigated. One, if they're false, obviously it's in the media. This undermines and destroys people's reputations: doctors, nurses and social workers. If it's true, these are very serious allegations.
If at one point someone has already raised it in the media, at what point would the RCMP, our national police force, start investigating? What would be the trigger, the moment you would say that this is something serious enough for us to take a deep look at and send an investigator to have a conversation, at least, with a lawyer?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
What is the level of trust right now between indigenous peoples and the RCMP in Canada? Have you been keeping statistics on that and understanding surveys about that? Obviously that's a very important consideration. If someone's not willing to make a complaint, why are they not willing?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
You obviously are trying to build a relationship with indigenous communities, but the history of the RCMP was one also of suppression of indigenous peoples.
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
That's a point of view.
Genocide is one of the things that has come up in the last little bit and this is a very serious accusation. Obviously you have a very important role in the maintenance of law and order and the protection of human rights.
Do you believe the RCMP should be taking more of an active role in investigating and ensuring that if crimes have been committed against women in this country, they are afforded the full protection of the state against those who continue to perpetrate those crimes?
We even heard from a witness that these crimes are still ongoing, or at least there are allegations that they are still ongoing.
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
If someone who is a third party made a complaint, would you accept that as a way of moving an investigation forward?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
For instance, if this committee asked you to investigate this in a more in-depth way, would you then start investigating or would we wait for someone else to come forward?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you very much.
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Lib. (MB)
I was just wondering how the RCMP would balance this out between criminal investigations and the professional obligations of professional bodies, such as the college of physicians, which also has to conduct investigations and regulate its members. Is there a difference? How do they balance out?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Meaning that a doctor could have not taken the necessary precautions to ensure that someone truly wanted to have sterilization or a tubal ligation yet proceeded with the procedure anyway and the college could determine they had broken its code of ethics, but it might not be a criminal matter.
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
I have another short question. If someone wanted to make a complaint to the police—indigenous people often don't do this—how would they go about doing that? Is there a number for the RCMP that you can call?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
We're talking about Saskatchewan, where we say there's a very great problem and a great gulf between police services and indigenous peoples. If I don't trust the police in Saskatchewan, how am I going to call them? Who am I going to call?
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View Robert-Falcon Ouellette Profile
Lib. (MB)
Is there a 1-800 number for the RCMP?
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Lib. (MB)
Okay.
I have one final question. In Canadian history, has anyone ever been charged under the Criminal Code with aggravated assault in relation to forced sterilization, as far as you're aware?
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you all for coming.
Dr. Abbas, you hit the nail on the head. During the testimony, one of the words that came to mind from my medical training was the word “paternalism”. As a medical student, I would overhear these conversations at other tables among more senior practitioners: “This 23-year-old is on her eighth pregnancy. I'm going to do a caesarean.” “Why don't you just ask her if she wants a tubal when you do that?” More often than not they would be indigenous, but basically they would be people who were poor. Again, indigenous people are overrepresented among those in poverty.
I think I know the answer to this question, but if someone is in this situation and she's about to go in for a caesarean and the doctor says, “We're going in. Since I'm in there anyway, and you already have eight kids, do you want a tubal ligation?” would you call that being coerced?
Dr. Bartlett, I see you nodding your head.
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you.
Would we say there's general agreement to that around the table?
Go ahead, please.
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
I agree. I meant if they were doing it, because as we know.... Again, I don't like to admit this on behalf of my profession, but there are those who do make cavalier decisions sometimes, and tragically enough they think their intentions are good even when you realize that ultimately there are very disastrous results.
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
Absolutely.
This is a question for all the people across the board here with medical backgrounds. If you find that a sterilization was performed and, in fact, the woman did not give consent, what sanctions or actions is a regulatory body like a licensing authority—for example, the provincial college of physicians and surgeons—able to take?
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you.
Dr. Richardson, you talked about the culturally relevant education. I agree. We had much of this in residency. I'm a rural college graduate from the EM program.
We find that for such fundamental issues this needs to be done more or less before residency. Has there been dialogue with the medical schools to get such culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive training at a very early stage, before people are heading out to the wards to actually see patients?
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View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
Thank you. I had some other questions, but they more or less got answered during the testimony so I'll stop a little prematurely.
Thanks very much to all of you.
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View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
No, I really worked on this.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 15:44
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Welcome, everyone.
I call to order the 167th meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. This is very likely our last meeting before Parliament rises, which is expected to happen this week.
I'd like to welcome a couple of new members to our committee today, temporary members Don Rusnak and Linda Lapointe.
Don, I'd like to thank you for your four years in Parliament. I understand you're not seeking re-election, but thank you for your service.
We'll begin with an opening statement by the departmental officials here to brief us today on the rural and northern immigration pilot, followed by normal rounds of questioning.
I understand there may be interruptions over the course of the next half-hour. We might be seeking unanimous consent to continue to pose questions to the witnesses until the time to vote, so that all parties will have an opportunity to participate in the debate.
Without further ado, I'd like to welcome Natasha Kim, Lara Dyer and Corinne Prince.
Ms. Kim, please proceed.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 15:57
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Thank you very much, Ms. Kim.
Mr. Tabbara.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:04
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You have about 30 seconds, Mr. Tabbara.
Are you sharing your time with Ms. Zahid?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:04
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Mr. Maguire.
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:04
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Thanks, Mr. Chair.
I know it says there are bells at 4:33, but I'm wondering if we can have another chance for a second round.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:04
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I think we'll probably have an opportunity to get through 20 minutes of questions, and maybe another 10 minutes after that.
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:04
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Okay, I'll just run quickly through these, then.
I've been informed, or I just let the minister's office know that I copied both the parliamentary secretaries and the chair of this committee about a series of fraud cases in the Atlantic immigration pilot program. To make a long story short, the company in question was bringing people in through the program and immediately sending them from the Maritimes out to where I live in Brandon, Manitoba, which is most definitely not part of Atlantic Canada; so their status is in limbo, as you can see. I'm concerned that this sort of abuse might happen with this pilot program. If someone comes to Canada under the rural and northern immigration pilot, but leaves the designated community for employment in a major urban centre before receiving permanent residency, how will the IRCC respond?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:06
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We have a situation now where these folks have moved from the east to the west, and it's put them in jeopardy they weren't aware of with their employer; the recruiter is the one who sent them west.
I have a half a dozen questions here, Mr. Chair. These require just a yes or no answer.
I want to thank you for your presentation, by the way.
Do employers need to prove that they advertised their job postings before submitting an application for endorsement to ensure that Canadians will always have a chance for employment?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:07
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I'm wondering if the employers need to prove that they've advertised their job postings.
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:08
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So they won't. Okay.
Will employers need to apply for a labour market impact assessment?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:08
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Do employers need to provide these individuals with adequate, suitable and affordable housing as defined by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
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CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:08
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Do employers have to pay for the travel costs for them to come to Canada?
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CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:08
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Will the individual and the employer have to sign an employment contract to guide the resolution of disputes in cases where such disputes arise?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:09
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Will there be any language requirements for any of the potential employees?
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CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:09
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For those who are selected to come to Canada under this program, will they be able to bring their spouses and children with them from the beginning?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:09
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Will a spouse be given an open work permit to work with their own employer in any of these selected communities?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:09
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I've come across one circumstance where the individual came to Canada under the temporary foreign worker program and brought their spouse and children. One child was able to go to high school and has now graduated, but due to his visa, he's prevented from going to university or college. Will this be the case in this pilot program?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:10
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I know that IRCC has started working on the MOUs with the 11 communities that have been selected.
Can you please table with our committee the template being used for these MOUs?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:10
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Could we get that by the end of the week, Mr. Chair? I think we're rising sometime this week.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:10
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I'm not sure if it's possible.
Is the templates for the MOUs prepared for our review?
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:11
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So there isn't a template; you're saying that each community can be different.
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View Larry Maguire Profile
CPC (MB)
View Larry Maguire Profile
2019-06-17 16:11
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Thanks.
I see in the flow chart mention of communities and employers and employees working together to bring folks in, but will you explicitly forbid individuals selected to come to Canada from paying a company in these 11 communities under this pilot program?
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:11
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Very briefly, please.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:11
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Thank you, Mr. Maguire.
Ms. Kwan.
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View Nick Whalen Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Nick Whalen Profile
2019-06-17 16:19
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That's an interesting question, and perhaps we may get to it in further rounds of questioning.
Mr. Sarai.
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