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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:04 [p.2745]
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Colleagues, before we begin our proceedings, I would like to say a few words regarding the special measures in place today.
Pursuant to order made on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the application of Standing Order 17 will be suspended for the current sitting to allow members to practise physical distancing. Members desiring to speak and address the Chair may do so from any seat in the House.
Additionally, as members know, this will be a hybrid sitting of the House. Some members will be participating via video conference and some will be participating in person.
I remind all members that in order to avoid issues with sound, members participating in person should not also be connected to the video conference. I would like to remind those joining via video conference that when speaking, you should be on the same channel as the language you are speaking.
I ask that all members who are tabling a document or moving a motion to sign the document and bring it to the Table themselves.
Finally, I want to remind members that construction on the Hill is increasing and that while you are in the West Block, you may feel and/or hear rock blasting. This is essential work for the Centre Block rehabilitation program and will continue for quite some time, three to five times during the work day. While a warning siren is sounded prior to the blast on the work site, it is not heard well inside West Block or the surrounding buildings.
I mention it so that no one is startled when it happens.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:08 [p.2745]
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Usually when there is a request for unanimous consent, the Chair asks members to respond in the affirmative to determine whether there is agreement.
This being a hybrid sitting of the House, were the Chair to proceed in this fashion, if there were any dissenting voices, particularly for members participating via teleconference or video conference, they may not be audible. Therefore, for the sake of clarity, I will only ask for those who are opposed to the request to express their disagreement. In this way, the Chair will hear clearly if there are any dissenting voices and I will accordingly be able to declare whether or not there is unanimous consent to proceed.
All those opposed to the hon. member moving the motion will please say nay.
The House has heard the terms of the motion. All those opposed to the motion will please say nay.
There being no dissenting voice, I declare the motion carried.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:10 [p.2746]
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All those opposed to the hon. member moving the motion will please say nay.
The House has heard the terms of the motion. All those opposed to the motion will please say nay.
There being no dissenting voice, I declare the motion carried.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:11 [p.2746]
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All those opposed to the hon. member moving the motion will please say nay.
The House has heard the terms of the motion. All those opposed to the motion will please say nay.
There being no dissenting voice, I declare the motion carried.
Pursuant to order made earlier today, the House will now proceed to statements by ministers.
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View Karina Gould Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Karina Gould Profile
2020-08-12 12:12 [p.2746]
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Mr. Speaker, last week, a devastating explosion rocked Beirut's port and city centre, killing at least 158 people, injuring 6,000 others and leaving over 300,000 people homeless. According to estimates, 90,000 homes and buildings, including hospitals and other health care facilities were damaged or destroyed.
Lebanon was already dealing with multiple crises before this incident occurred. The country is facing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis that has already left nearly half of the population in poverty, all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians across the country are deeply saddened by the devastating effects of this tragedy and the situation that Lebanon is facing.
I know many Lebanese Canadians are deeply touched by this tragedy. I think I can speak for all parliamentarians in extending our sincere condolences to all those who have lost loved ones.
The Lebanese-Canadian community is vibrant and dynamic right across the country, and it is a community that is bearing a heavy weight and feeling a huge loss. It is also a community that has rolled up its sleeves and sprung into action to help and to mobilize support, and its efforts have been exceptional.
The Government of Canada has also been seized with the disaster. Within 24 hours, Canada announced an immediate initial contribution of $5 million in humanitarian assistance, including $1.5 million for the Lebanese Red Cross, in the first 24 hours following the explosion. On Saturday we launched the Lebanese matching fund for donations collected directly from Canadians. Every dollar donated by individual Canadians between August 4 and August 24 will be matched by the Government of Canada, doubling the impact of each contribution. In recognition of Canadians' incredible generosity to date, we have increased the match from $2 million to $5 million.
The fund will be implemented through the Humanitarian Coalition, a group of experienced Canadian organizations present on the ground in Lebanon and delivering critical assistance. I want to assure Canadians that all Canadian assistance is provided through trusted NGO and multilateral partners.
On Monday, the Prime Minister announced that Canada would increase its support by an additional $25 million to support our trusted partners in responding to immediate needs and supporting early recovery efforts in the aftermath of the crisis, bringing our total response to $30 million, which is in addition to the existing humanitarian and development support we already provide to the people of Lebanon.
I thank all Canadians who have opened their hearts to the Lebanese people and so generously contributed to the relief effort. I encourage Canadians to donate to the Lebanon matching fund to help save lives and meet the urgent needs of the affected population.
Canada has a long and deep partnership with the Lebanese people. We have a strong Lebanese-Canadian community, and Canada will be there every step of the way, from immediate response to long-term recovery. Canada stands together with Lebanon.
Canada stands with the people of Lebanon.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:28 [p.2748]
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All those opposed to the hon. member moving the motion will please say nay.
The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:30 [p.2748]
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If I can step back before proceeding, following discussions among representatives of all parties in the House, I understand there is an agreement to observe a moment of silence.
The people of Beirut and all Canadians with family and friends in Lebanon have suffered a devastating tragedy. I hope that in the difficult days ahead they may derive some comfort from the friendship and support of the global community.
I invite hon. members to stand and observe a moment of silence in memory of those who perished and in solidarity with the people of Lebanon.
[A moment of silence observed]
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:32 [p.2749]
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I will take that under advisement and report back to the House.
Pursuant to an order made Tuesday, May 26, the House shall now resolve itself into a committee of the whole to consider matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other matters.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:33 [p.2749]
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The committee will begin its proceedings with the questioning of ministers on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other matters for a period not exceeding 95 minutes.
The Chair will call members from all recognized parties and one member who does not belong to a recognized party in a fashion consistent with the proportions observed during the special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each member will be recognized for not more than five minutes, which may be used for posing questions to a minister of the Crown, and members are permitted to split their time with one or more members by so indicating to the Chair.
Please note that we will suspend this part of the sitting halfway through for a short period to allow employees who provide support for the sitting to replace each other safely.
We will now begin, with the hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:35 [p.2749]
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Mr. Speaker, first of all, the work a government does is very serious work, especially during a pandemic. We know Canadians are hurting from coast to coast and coast, and right now more than ever, Canadians need to come together.
The member of the Conservative Party talks about the Prime Minister not showing up. The Prime Minister was at committee to ensure that answers were given to committee members directly—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:36 [p.2749]
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I will interrupt for a moment. I am having a hard time hearing the answer. If members could keep it down, I would appreciate that.
The hon. minister.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:36 [p.2749]
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Mr. Speaker, the member asked for the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister showed up at committee. At the first opportunity I had to go to the finance committee, I was there. Yesterday, I was at the ethics committee to ensure that these questions were answered.
We work closely with the public service to ensure that programs and resources are available to committees, especially during this—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:36 [p.2749]
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The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:37 [p.2750]
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Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, both of our country's official languages are very important to our government.
That is precisely why we worked with the public service to ensure that the contribution agreement is in both official languages; and to ensure that the 13 provinces and territories are included, as are rural, urban and indigenous communities, so that all students can be part of this program. Despite this program—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:37 [p.2750]
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The hon. Leader of the Opposition.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:37 [p.2750]
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Mr. Speakers, all members, especially those in the House, are occupied with the concerns of their communities. Perhaps the member has not had the opportunity to look at the testimony that has been provided, not only by ministers and the Prime Minister but also by public servants, to answer these questions.
We have been available because it is important that these questions be answered. We take this very seriously.
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View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 12:39 [p.2750]
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Mr. Speaker, we will continue to have our focus, as we have over the course of this pandemic, on Canadians and on the work that needs to be done. What we have done over the course of the last number of months, by putting out the CERB, which has supported millions of Canadians, and by not only putting in place the wage subsidy but extending it, has given the support necessary for Canadians to face this challenging time.
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View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 12:40 [p.2750]
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Mr. Speaker, I am happy to speak on behalf of the Prime Minister to say that he continues to view his role, and our role as a government, as one to support Canadians.
We continue to be in an emergency time. The work that we're doing, not only on the extension of the wage subsidy but in thinking about how we can get our employment insurance system back up and running, is our area of focus because we know this is what Canadians are concerned with as they think about how they can continue to support their families.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:43 [p.2751]
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Before I recognize the minister, I would like to remind members that they cannot do indirectly what they are not allowed to do directly.
The hon. minister.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:46 [p.2751]
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The hon. member for Burnaby South.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:47 [p.2751]
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The hon. member for Burnaby South.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:47 [p.2751]
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Mr. Speaker, the hon. member asked a really important question.
In addition to our long-term commitments on early learning and child care, this year alone we are delivering $400 million to provinces and territories as part of bilateral agreements on early learning and child care. I want to point out to the hon. member the fact that, in addition to that, as part of the Safe Restart Agreement, we are transferring an additional $625 million for early learning and child care to help a sector that has been hard hit by COVID-19.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:48 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, I find it really hard when the leader of the NDP claims that $625 million plus $400 million in just the next eight months is inadequate. That is completely the opposite of what we are doing.
We are providing federal leadership and the resources to back the safe restart of the early learning and child care sector. We have been there for parents in the long term, and we are there for parents as this sector recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:49 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, our government has created over 40,000 affordable child care spaces and is committed to creating another quarter of a million child care spaces that are affordable. A federal secretariat will be investing over $1.2 billion over the next eight months.
This is questioning the sincerity and the commitment of a government that is not only demonstrating leadership, but also backing that leadership with resources for the sector. It boggles my mind what the leader of the NDP is talking about.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:50 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is an independent government body that works on delivering the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program, which is a program that is doing a lot to help small businesses and employees across the country.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:51 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, I am really happy to discuss the details of the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program. It is a program that has delivered help to over 72,000 small businesses across the country and over 670,000 employees.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing, which is delivering help to small—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
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The hon. opposition House leader.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, I want to address what the hon. member has asked. The Office of the Ethics Commissioner was consulted. A screen was put in place, and all steps were followed regarding this matter.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:52 [p.2752]
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Mr. Speaker, I want to repeat that the Office of the Ethics Commissioner was consulted, a screen was put in place and all the appropriate steps were taken.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:54 [p.2753]
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I do not think I have to remind hon. members that we cannot refer to someone's absence or presence in the House, or in committee, for that matter. I want to remind everyone that it is not something we can do.
The hon. minister.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:55 [p.2753]
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Mr. Speaker, it has been a while since I have had the opportunity to answer the opposition House leader. I will remind her that we do have officers of Parliament and we take the work they do very seriously. They work independently of this place, and we have always assured them that we will work and comply with their offices.
I have somewhat dated numbers, but I think it is important, because we are in the midst of a pandemic, that Canadians be reminded of these numbers. As of June 28, 8.16 million individuals had been helped by the Canada emergency response benefit. CEWS, the Canada emergency wage subsidy, has supported over three million employees. Approximately 3.7 million families benefited from the top-up of $300 to CCB, which is the tax-free Canada child benefit the Conservatives voted against. There were also 12 million individuals and families who received a special one-time payment through the GST credit. Over $1.4 billion went to over 600,000 students through the CESB. As well, 6.7 million seniors received the one-time tax-free payment of $300, and 2.2 million of those 6.7 million also received an additional $200.
The list is long because right now our focus is on Canadians and ensuring that they have money in their pockets and the supports they need. The Conservatives are continuing to play their partisan politics. We will stay focused on Canadians.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:56 [p.2753]
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Mr. Speaker, I know the Harper Conservatives have difficulties with independent government agencies, but it was the Canada Mortgage and Housing Agency, CMHC, that was chosen as the appropriate partner for the federal government to implement CECRA. It was CMHC that made the independent decision to have MCAP as the administrator for CECRA.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 12:58 [p.2753]
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Mr. Speaker, the result of the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program is that over 670,000 employees and over 72,000 small businesses have been assisted through this program, with over $712 million of relief given to small businesses. That is what CECRA has done, and that is the record of this government.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 12:59 [p.2753]
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Mr. Speaker, as we have said, there was a contribution agreement that the public service negotiated with the organization to work with the others. Our goal was to ensure opportunities for students and not-for-profits. That is exactly why we have a program—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 12:59 [p.2753]
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The hon. member for Richmond—Arthabaska.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:00 [p.2753]
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Mr. Speaker, we knew that the Conservatives never liked science or evidence. We can see that this is still true.
The public service assured us that the organization that it recommended and that we accepted was capable of ensuring that all provinces and territories would be included, and that the program would be available in both official languages. The Canada student service grant was designed to support as many students as possible and help as many non-profit organizations as possible during these difficult times. We were assured that the organization could do so in both official languages.
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Lib. (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
View John Brassard Profile
2020-08-12 13:04 [p.2754]
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Mr. Speaker, I believe Warren Kinsella said it best in his latest blog post that “There's a name for what we've now got. There's a name for a government like...[the Prime Minister's]—a government run by those who seek status and personal gain at the expense of the rest of us.” It is called a kleptocracy.
I looked up that word in the dictionary, and it comes originally from the Greek word for “theft”, “I steal” and “power, rule”. It means a government whose corrupt leaders, or kleptocrats, use political power to appropriate the wealth of their nation, typically by embezzling or misappropriating government funds at the expense of a wider population.
In a kleptocracy, corrupt politicians enrich themselves secretly, outside the rule of law, through kickbacks, bribes and special favours, or they simply direct state funds to themselves, directly or indirectly, and their associates.
We have had $343 billion in deficits and $1.2 trillion in debt, which gives a government a lot of room to misappropriate wealth, or in the case of debt of our nation, to direct those state funds to themselves or their associates.
There is a reason these scandals are profoundly scandalous, especially during a pandemic. It is because the allegations are that the Prime Minister, his family, his connected insiders and his friends sought to enrich themselves during a pandemic that is impoverishing millions of Canadians and killing thousands. While those governed are losing their homes, businesses, jobs and futures, the Prime Minister's family and friends are doing just fine. That is how a kleptocracy works.
There is the WE scandal, with the Prime Minister's family enriching themselves, and the CMHC scandal with Rob Silver, the husband of the Prime Minister's chief of staff. We have now found out that Frank Baylis, a former Liberal MP, has received an undisclosed value contract for $100,000 in non-health approved ventilators. The sponsorship scandal will look like a speck of sand in a desert when this is all over. When this is all over, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance will be just fine.
I have a question to ask on behalf of every Canadian before more stories surface, because they will. How many more Liberal-connected friends, families and insiders have had their palms greased and have personally financially gained from this pandemic at the expense of Canadians who have suffered so much during this crisis? Will the Liberals be honest for once or do we have to wait for the Auditor General to tell us?
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View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 13:06 [p.2755]
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Mr. Speaker, I would like to take us back to where we were in mid-March and talk about the things that we have focused on for Canadians over the course of the last number of months.
In mid-March, we obviously found ourselves in an unprecedented situation, where Canadians were asked to stay home to protect themselves, their families and other Canadians. Obviously, that was the right decision from a health standpoint, but it had real implications from an economic standpoint too.
As a government, we took the reins at that time and said that we needed to think about how we could ensure that we supported Canadians through this extraordinarily challenging time. The first thing we set out was the reality that we had so many Canadians who would not be receiving a paycheque. That is how we came up with the Canada emergency response benefit. We know that over the course of the last months, this benefit has helped literally millions of Canadians to be able to have enough money for groceries and rent in order to keep their families surviving during a time of immense challenge. That was first and foremost our initiative.
We moved forward with a wage subsidy because we recognized that we needed businesses to have a connection with their employees. They needed to have an incentive to keep their employees, even though in many cases they would not actually have the kind of work that they might normally have because they had been asked to stay home. The wage subsidy has helped millions of Canadians to keep their attachment to their jobs, to keep their ability to make money for themselves and their families through this challenging time.
We did not stop there. We knew that we needed to deal with all of those people who were going through enormous stress. We recognized, for example, that seniors were facing higher costs than they had historically experienced because they might have needed to use delivery services. They might have needed to get their medications or food delivered in a way that they didn't previously have to deal with, so we found a way to support seniors during this time.
We recognized that students would not necessarily have been able to get the jobs they needed during the course of the summertime, so we put in place a benefit that would help students because we knew that we wanted to get them back to—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:09 [p.2755]
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The hon. member for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
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View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Regina—Lewvan.
I would like to quickly acknowledge the work of the hon. member for Regina—Qu'Appelle as the leader of Her Majesty's loyal opposition. This place has been better for his service as leader.
I have a question for the Liberals, who have used this pandemic to provide taxpayers dollars to their friends. I guess we should not be surprised: This is exactly what they did during the national unity crisis of the 1990s. They saw an opportunity and Canadians got the sponsorship scandal. The Liberals tried to feed money to their political allies at the WE organization. Thankfully the opposition stopped them, but now we are learning that the former Liberal MP Frank Baylis got his cut of the pandemic pie as well.
Will the Liberals tell us what the exact dollar figure was for the contract they gave to their friend? How much did Frank Baylis make in this deal?
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:10 [p.2755]
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Mr. Speaker, I have to assure the House and all Canadians that there are measures in place to ensure that all information is made readily available.
First of all, I want to echo the comments of the member in regard to the leader of the official opposition and thank him for his service. I had not realized it was his last time in the House. I do know that he works hard and I appreciate it, though I do not agree with most of his policies or ideology.
When we talk about friends, let us talk about Canadians. Some 8.16 million Canadians have received the Canada emergency response benefit, and 3.7 million families have benefited from the one-time top-up of the Canada child benefit, a tax-free benefit that we brought into place to help families with children who need it the most by asking the wealthiest 1% of families not to take that benefit.
Prior to our government being in office, the Harper Conservatives gave $100 for every child across the board, regardless of income, and then taxed it. They would give it with one hand and then in April they would claw it back. That is not our—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:11 [p.2755]
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The hon. member for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
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Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:11 [p.2755]
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The hon. minister.
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View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anita Anand Profile
2020-08-12 13:11 [p.2755]
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Mr. Speaker, this is publicly disclosed information. The number is $237 million for—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:11 [p.2755]
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The hon. member for Regina—Lewvan.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:12 [p.2756]
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Mr. Speaker, I am going to start my answer with the way the member started his question, in regard to “A leopard cannot change its spots”. I ran for office because the Conservatives pitted one group of Canadians against another. They helped their friends. They actually helped out the wealthiest, and they project and say that is not the case.
What did we do when we came into office? We lowered taxes on middle-class Canadians by bringing in a new tax bracket and increasing taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Canadians.
What did the Conservatives do? Their spots cannot change, and that is why they voted against it.
When we brought in the tax-free Canada child benefit, the Conservatives voted against it, because they do not believe in giving a handout to the people—
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Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:12 [p.2756]
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The hon. member for Regina—Lewvan.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:14 [p.2756]
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Mr. Speaker, I am going to have to correct that member. I am actually the first Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and the first minister of that portfolio because it is one that our government takes seriously. In Canada, we know that our diversity is our strength, but it is important that people actually be included, and over the past few weeks we have seen that this country has to do better and to do more.
To the member's seven-year-old daughter, I want to say that today we have gender parity at the cabinet table. Just like men can succeed, so can women. When we talk about youth, there is a $9-billion suite of programs we brought in for students, including the Canada emergency student benefit.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
Hon. Bardish Chagger: Mr. Speaker, they yell because they do not want to talk about the facts. They do not want to talk about the supports that we have put in place for Canadians. We know that Canadians are hurting and struggling. We will stay focused on Canadians while the Conservatives stay focused on Conservatives.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:14 [p.2756]
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If I can interrupt, I will call order.
There is something that came to mind as I was sitting here, and I started doubting myself and asking myself questions. When there is a committee of the whole, according to the third edition of the House of Commons Practice and Procedure, at page 932 in chapter 19, “in these exchanges, Members should nevertheless always refer to one another by the names of their ridings as is done in the House.”
I just want to remind everyone what the rules are, and I am sure this is a learning experience for all of us.
Now, we will proceed with the hon. member for Lakeland.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:20 [p.2757]
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Mr. Speaker, the members of the Standing Committee on Finance asked me to testify, and I was there to answer their questions. They asked me—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:21 [p.2757]
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Can I ask the minister to begin her answer again? We will restart the clock.
The hon. minister.
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Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:21 [p.2757]
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Mr. Speaker, it is important that this information be out there. The way the contribution agreement is written is that there is cohort 1, a supplemental cohort, and a cohort 2.
The way contribution agreements work is that performance measures are in place to—
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Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:22 [p.2757]
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The hon. member for Rivière-du-Nord.
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Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:22 [p.2758]
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Mr. Speaker, once again, the Standing Committee on Finance asked me to testify, and I did. Yesterday, I also appeared before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics to answer these questions.
In addition, to ensure that all the information was available, we shared the agreement.
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View Bardish Chagger Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bardish Chagger Profile
2020-08-12 13:22 [p.2758]
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On the contrary, Mr. Speaker, we said that the public service told us it was the only organization that could administer this program within the deadline. We asked for all provinces and territories to be included, for both official languages—
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:23 [p.2758]
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The hon. member for Rivière-du-Nord.
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View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Morneau Profile
2020-08-12 13:23 [p.2758]
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Mr. Speaker, I know this is very important. The wage subsidy and the extension of this program will be offered to every company in the country that is seeing a drop in revenue.
This way, we will have more work and more workers right across the country. This is an important approach during a pandemic.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 13:24 [p.2758]
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Mr. Speaker, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is an arm's-length Crown corporation that is responsible for its own operations. It made the independent decision to have MCAP as the administrator for CECRA.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 13:25 [p.2758]
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Mr. Speaker, CMHC is an arm's-length crown corporation that is responsible for its own operations. It made the independent decision to have MCAP administer the Canada emergency commercial rent assistance program.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:25 [p.2758]
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I would remind members that it is inappropriate to refer to any member's absence in the House.
The hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-08-12 13:26 [p.2758]
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The hon. member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin.
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View Han Dong Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Han Dong Profile
2020-08-12 13:29 [p.2759]
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Mr. Speaker, a team Canada response to COVID-19 has been essential in protecting the health and safety of Canadians these past few months and will continue to be important as we move forward in our continued response to COVID-19 and to recovery, but this pandemic has also had a significant economic and social impact on communities across Canada.
I have heard from many residents in Don Valley North who are asking for help in getting back to work in a safe and responsible manner. That is why I was so pleased to see the Prime Minister announce the Safe Restart Agreement that was reached with provinces and territories. I was especially happy to see the relief for the City of Toronto, which employs many front-line workers who are keeping our loved ones healthy and safe during this pandemic. In addition to providing services that residents of Don Valley North rely on, this includes support for the TTC, an essential service that so many of us rely on every day to keep us moving across the city.
Could the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities tell this House what the government is doing to help the safe restart of our economy?
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View Catherine McKenna Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Catherine McKenna Profile
2020-08-12 13:31 [p.2759]
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Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Don Valley North for his important question.
Now is the time to help communities like the City of Toronto to build back up from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is a key part of the $19-billion Safe Restart Agreement between our federal government and the provinces and territories. This agreement includes $2 billion in federal funding, matched by provinces and territories, for cities and towns across Canada. It is funding that will support front-line workers and critical municipal services as we keep people safe during the economic restart.
The Government of Canada has also agreed to match more than $1.8 billion to help cities keep their transit systems running so that Canadians can get to work and home to their families safely. For Ontario, the federal government has committed $1 billion for public transit, which the province is matching.
We are supporting the front-line workers who are making an economic recovery possible because people depend on these critical front-line services, including public transit, to get safely back to work and to build back up our economy. If our cities are not running, our economy is not running. The Safe Restart Agreement will help Canada get back on track.
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:33 [p.2759]
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Resuming debate, we will go to the hon. member for Elmwood—Transcona.
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View Ahmed Hussen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 13:37 [p.2760]
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Mr. Chair, I thank the hon. member for raising this important issue. This year alone we are investing $400 million in bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to reinforce the sector. In addition to that, in recognition of the challenges this sector has experienced with COVID-19, we are transferring $625 million to enable this sector to not only survive but actually emerge stronger out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lib. (ON)
View Ahmed Hussen Profile
2020-08-12 13:39 [p.2760]
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Mr. Chair, we have demonstrated federal leadership by introducing the national housing strategy. We have ambitious targets, on which we have delivered and we continue to deliver. We will partner with provinces, territories and NGOs in the private sector to build a safe, affordable and accessible home for each and every Canadian.
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:42 [p.2761]
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Back to the hon. member.
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View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anita Anand Profile
2020-08-12 13:46 [p.2761]
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Mr. Chair, we in our contracting are ensuring the highest ethical standards for government procurement. When awarding contracts, we at PSPC require suppliers to agree to terms and conditions prohibiting these labour practices and we conduct an integrity check into the background of each of the suppliers.
I, like the member opposite, am very concerned about supply labour issues and am committed to ensuring we are on top of this issue.
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View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anita Anand Profile
2020-08-12 13:46 [p.2762]
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Mr. Chair, I thank the hon. member for our mutual interest in this important topic. I want to emphasize that Canada remains deeply disturbed by the troubling reports she mentioned and we have voiced our concerns. We have taken action by publicly and consistently calling on the Chinese government to end the repression in Xinjiang, for example.
With regard to procurement, it is top of mind for me as minister and I will ensure our department is on top of this in our procurements.
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View Filomena Tassi Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, forced labour in any form anywhere in the world is completely unacceptable. We are committed to being an international leader for fair and balanced labour rights. As the member is aware, when Canada enters into trade agreements with any other country, specific provisions obliging the parties to refrain from any abuse of child labour is included. We will continue to work on this very important issue.
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View Filomena Tassi Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, we continue to support and have faith in the collective bargaining process. We know that the best deals are made at the table. The Minister of Transport and I have been in regular communication—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:49 [p.2762]
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The hon. member.
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:51 [p.2762]
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The hon. member.
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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Patty Hajdu Profile
2020-08-12 13:53 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, I am pleased to talk about our response to ensuring that Canadians have access to therapeutics, vaccines and treatments as they arise. I am very proud of the hard-working civil service that is working closely with members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and the many other experts who are advising us as a country on how best to position ourselves to ensure that we have access to these therapeutics.
As you will know, Mr. Chair, this is a space that is rapidly evolving and Canada is engaged with international partners to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of understanding new treatments and vaccines as they become available.
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View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-08-12 13:55 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, I remind the member opposite that the Government of Canada actually implemented its first border restrictions on January 22 in response to the ongoing COVID crisis that was emerging around the world. Since that time, we have imposed extraordinary, unprecedented measures in placing restrictions on non-essential travel of people coming into the country.
We understand the impact that this has had on Canadians and Canadian families and we have been working continuously with those families. I want to acknowledge all of my colleagues in the House who have shared—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:55 [p.2763]
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We will now go to the hon. member for Souris—Moose Mountain.
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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Patty Hajdu Profile
2020-08-12 13:56 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, I will go one better.
We have actually, through our Safe Restart Agreement, committed to provinces and territories that we will procure and support access to personal protective equipment to the tune of well over $4 billion.
We have been there for provinces and territories, making sure that Canada has the personal protective equipment it needs, no matter what part of the country we are talking about. As we do that, we have been rebuilding the supplies in our national emergency stockpile.
I will remind the member that the—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:56 [p.2763]
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We will go back to the hon. member.
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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Patty Hajdu Profile
2020-08-12 13:56 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, I would be happy to sit down with the member at his convenience to talk about what the role of the national emergency stockpile is. In fact, the national emergency stockpile—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:57 [p.2763]
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We will go back to the hon. member.
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:57 [p.2763]
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The hon. minister.
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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Patty Hajdu Profile
2020-08-12 13:57 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, the questions of the member opposite indicate to me that he would benefit from a briefing on the role of the national emergency stockpile and its particular role, not just in terms of acquiring equipment for surge capacity but—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:57 [p.2763]
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We will go back to the hon. member.
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View Anita Anand Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anita Anand Profile
2020-08-12 13:57 [p.2763]
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Mr. Chair, I am glad to be able to stand up in the House and explain to the member opposite that every single week we make this information available on our website. We update it regularly. In terms of face shields, over 40.5 million have been received; gloves, 233 million pairs received; gowns, 66 million; hand sanitizer, 12 million litres; N95 masks, 54.4 million; non-medical masks, 2.58 million, and the list goes on—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:58 [p.2763]
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That will conclude that round.
We will now go to resuming debate.
The hon. member for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill.
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View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Chair, I will be splitting my time with the member for Chicoutimi—Le Fjord.
The new NAFTA agreement is not worth the paper it is printed on. The Prime Minister claimed victory when it was signed. Here we are, mere weeks after the agreement has come into force, and workers in the aluminum industry are suffering as a result of the Liberal government's failed approach.
Why did the Prime Minister mislead these workers into a false sense of security?
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View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-08-12 13:58 [p.2764]
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Mr. Chair, let me be very clear that the Government of Canada strongly supports Canadian aluminum workers. We will continue to do so, as we always have. The United States needs Canadian aluminum and it cannot meet its own domestic needs for manufacturing.
I also want to acknowledge that the deputy prime minister has had conversations with the leader of the Bloc and members of the Conservative Party. We are very grateful for the Team Canada approach that has been taken to this. We are going to stand up to these unacceptable and unlawful—
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View Bruce Stanton Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bruce Stanton Profile
2020-08-12 13:59 [p.2764]
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Back to the hon. member.
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View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Chair, the government negotiated away Canada's ability to hit back with retaliatory tariffs on a broad range of strategic products from across the United States. The new NAFTA is an abject failure when it comes to protecting Canada's economy.
Has the government conducted an assessment of how many jobs the aluminum industry will lose as a result of these punishing tariffs?
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View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-08-12 13:59 [p.2764]
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Mr. Chair, we have also made it very clear that we will not back down. We find these tariffs unacceptable and we are taking action.
We have said that we will impose reciprocal dollar-for-dollar retributive tariffs against the United States in order to stand up for those workers. We are now consulting with Canadians across the country on how to do that most effectively, and we will always stand up and support aluminum workers in Canada.
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View Leona Alleslev Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Chair, at yesterday's China committee it was stated that the People's Republic of China is actively threatening Canadians on Canadian soil who seek to expose China's authoritarian agenda. These individuals have been subjected to everything from physical threats to commercial blacklisting and state-backed cyber-hacking with no protection from Canada.
When will the government introduce legislation to combat foreign influence and protect basic human rights in Canada from aggressive actions of the Chinese Communist Party?
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View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-08-12 14:02 [p.2764]
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Mr. Chair, as we have said very clearly, we strongly disagree with the tariffs that have been imposed by United States. They are unacceptable, we believe them unlawful and we are prepared to take strong reciprocal action.
We will not back down in the face of such intimidation, and it is our intent to always stand up for aluminum workers. As we do that, we are working closely with industries that are impacted by these unacceptable decisions made by the United States. We will be there to support those workers and to support those industries as we have always been.
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View Patty Hajdu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Patty Hajdu Profile
2020-08-12 14:05 [p.2765]
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Mr. Chair, as the member likely knows, our department has been working with both the province and the clinic for some time now to ensure that the full range of reproductive services, including abortion and supports for the LGBTQ2S+ community, remain available in that province.
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View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-08-12 14:06 [p.2765]
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Mr. Chair, we have heard them and are listening very carefully. There are ongoing discussions between us, indigenous leadership and the Government of New Brunswick. On this critical issue, we understand the concerns and the need for answers that people have expressed. We are working with indigenous leadership and with the Government of New Brunswick. We are committed to getting people the answers they need and are responding appropriately.
Everyone deserves to live in peace and safety and with a sense of security in every community in this country. We are absolutely committed to that, and we will always listen to the people who are impacted by these tragedies to ensure that we respond in the appropriate way.
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View Mary Ng Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Mary Ng Profile
2020-08-12 14:07 [p.2765]
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Mr. Chair, we have been talking to businesses all around the country. I was just on an Atlantic tour last week, and it is absolutely our priority to support them to ensure that they are getting more digital options. They can count on the government to have their backs.
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