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View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
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2022-12-08 11:08
Thank you, Mr. Chair. It's an honour to be here this morning at the health committee for the first time. It is probably one of the most unique opportunities for me as a member of Parliament to truly bring some experience to committee.
With that, I will, first and foremost, say congratulations to Ms. Romanado. I am so incredibly proud of you on so many fronts. You represent both volunteers and professional firefighters. As far as I'm concerned, they're the exact same. Smoke is smoke and fire is fire. I want to say thank you so much for bringing forward this very well-thought-out bill, a bill that I not only completely endorse but that I also believe is so vitally important.
I probably won't have a lot of questions for Ms. Romanado, but I do want to share a couple of stories. Over the last five weeks, I was at the Kingsville retirees dinner. I was part of the Kingsville fire department and I was at their retiree dinner. I ran into a gentleman by the name of Mr. Art Voakes. He served 32 years. He just retired about two months ago. Mr. Voakes shared a story with me that he had no idea he was walking around with prostate cancer, and he did give me permission to tell this story this morning. He had no clue he had it.
I didn't know this until this morning, but, generally speaking, men are on a scale of zero to five for their prostates. He was at 19.1, Ms Romanado. He was basically walking dead, which is what the doctors told me. Thank goodness, the doctors removed his prostate and saved his life. He said, “Chris, I think testing should be done for firefighters every five years, both firefighters who are working today and also the retirees.” That's just one example.
There is a second example I would give as to why this bill, Bill C-224, is so vitally important. I was at the Windsor fire retirees dinner a month ago and I sat next to the chief health officer. He said, “Chris, are you aware that now Parkinson's disease has been linked to firefighting?” I said I had no idea. So the very folks whom we rely on, whom we scream for help to when the cat's caught in a tree, pardon the pun, or when our house is burning or when somebody is dying of a medical emergency, are the exact same ones who go out there and run to our assistance and do it with service. It's no different from this House. These are the same folks who, I'm going to suggest, are too embarrassed to even say that they're struggling through this, that they're fighting these illnesses. If we can, at the very least, make January firefighter awareness month, specifically with regard to cancers, my goodness, that would be about the biggest slam dunk in the whole world.
My question would be, through you, Mr. Chair, to Ms. Romanado—and I don't want to stall this bill. As a matter of fact, I wish this bill was done eight months ago. Can I ask you, is there something else in this bill you would like to see perhaps that would enhance it even further?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-12-08 11:13
Thank you.
Mr. Chair, how much time do have I left, please, sir?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-12-08 11:13
Thank you.
I'll just wrap up my thoughts here. I'm going to build on Ms. Romanado's comment with regard to family.
We firefighters can't do this by ourselves. We come home from a long day's work—which everybody does—carrying a whole bunch of stress and a huge load in our minds and our hearts. I've said it before and I'll say it again, and I'm proud to say it. If I don't talk about it, then shame on me: I still get recurring dreams about car accidents that I have been to and folks we've pulled out of fires. I'm not embarrassed to say so—it's the truth.
With regard to the awareness that we are trying to raise by passing this bill here, is there something else specifically regarding mental illness, maybe a new private member's bill or something else, we can do to support our firefighters, our families? It's not just specifically to support the firefighters themselves, but also the husbands and wives who have to live with firefighters, who have to sleep with them, who wake up because, quite frankly, some of us are having nightmares. Is there something else you can see?
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
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2022-12-08 11:15
Thank you, Chair.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-12-05 15:38
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I will be incredibly brief.
I just want to, first and foremost, say thank you to each and every person outside of these chambers this evening, both unionized and non-unionized folks, who for well over a year have brought so many suggestions and opportunities to discuss exactly what's needed on the ground for Canadians from coast to coast to coast to not only enforce, but to enhance our skilled trades across the country.
I guess it's about as simple as this: Bill C-241 is a very simple bill. It's black and white. It will help build our country. For those who support it, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of skilled trades.
For those that are on the fence and who think perhaps that some wording should be amended, let's pass this today. Let's get this done. Let's get it back to the House to get it voted as quickly as possible, so that we can build the proper infrastructure for Canada. That's exactly why C-241 is so important.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
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2022-11-30 17:07
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses this evening. I certainly appreciate your testimony.
I have quite a few questions, but I would start by saying, in fairness to the witnesses, that my riding of Essex is down by Windsor, next to the busiest international border crossing in North America.
I suppose, to start off, Mr. Chair, this study could have simply been called “intercity transport by bus in Canada and the United States”, because for an area like Windsor, there's a lot of cross-border travel. Doctors and nurses go across on our transport system. I realize that's not what the study is studying, but I had to bring that up, because even for something as silly as a football game.... The Detroit Lions, by the way, just lost their last one, but won three in a row.
There's something called the Tunnel Bus, or the “special bus”, that many of our patrons jumped on to go to a Detroit Lions game, a Red Wings game or a Detroit Tigers game. After two and a half years of COVID, it just opened up in the middle of November. It truly affects people's lives.
First and foremost, Mr. Cassidy, from Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus, I really respect you, sir, especially for the fact that you said that although the industry is really tough, it's the right thing to do. Those are some pretty powerful words in the face of an industry that's, quite frankly, been relatively walked past.
Mr. Cassidy, this is to you first, sir, and then I'll be following up with the same question to Mr. Wabinski. Would it be fair to say that a lot of the struggles are due to the labour shortages? It's not only our drivers, but our mechanics.
Mr. Cassidy, this it to you first, please, sir.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
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2022-11-30 17:10
Thank you, sir.
Go ahead, Mr. Wabinski, sir.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-30 17:10
Okay. Thank you.
That's mind-boggling, because you're probably the only folks I've met with in the last year and a half who are not screaming for labour. In my capacity as shadow minister for labour, that's good news. We always need a good-news story.
Through you, Mr. Chair, to Ms. Hanson, you spoke about private versus public transportation. The message is received. However, our public transit system, going back to the example of Windsor-Detroit, in that it was shut down....
Could you expand a bit on that? If I understood you correctly, what you said was that if we don't keep it public, we're in trouble on the private side.
Could you please expand somewhat on that?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-30 17:13
Finish up very quickly, please, Ms. Hanson.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-30 17:13
Thank you.
I'm sorry, Ma'am. I have only 30 seconds left.
Very quickly through you, Mr. Chair, to Mr. Gemmel with the FCM, I am a little bit concerned about tourism. We're just starting to get going here again and we have to talk about tourism.
I have only about 10 seconds. Can you tell me what FCM's thoughts and feelings are and what can we do to enhance our tourism sector?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
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2022-11-28 17:20
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to both the witnesses this afternoon.
It's interesting testimony.
First and foremost, Mr. Gibbons, I just want to say thank you for celebrating your labour force—your team. To me, it is pretty awesome that you recognize that they are first and foremost. I'm quite sure it's not just WestJet—it could be any one of our airlines. Congratulations on that front.
To that extent, sir, what specifically is WestJet doing to support them?
To take it a step further, what more could the government be doing to help support WestJet to get more labour into the force?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-28 17:22
Thank you, Mr. Gibbons. I appreciate that. It's good feedback.
I'm going to switch gears here.
Last Thursday, I went to the Ottawa airport. I will not name the airline. The long story short is I took a taxi, I sat there for two and a half hours and then found out my flight was delayed. It said the reason was flight schedule realignment because of earlier weather conditions. Then it had an asterisk with the category of “uncontrollable event”.
Through you, Mr. Chair, to Mr. Morrison, you had spoken about safety before. Would this be considered a safety event?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-28 17:23
Thank you, Mr. Morrison.
I'm just down to my last minute and fifty seconds here.
To take that one step further, about three weeks ago the exact same thing happened. I went to the Ottawa airport and I was sent back home. Thank goodness I've got an apartment here in Ottawa, so I've got a place to stay.
I was re-booked on the next morning's flight at seven o'clock. That flight got cancelled. Then I was re-booked at three o'clock in the afternoon. That flight got me to Toronto. My Toronto flight was cancelled. I jumped on an Uber and I drove to Windsor.
I believe it was you, sir, who said there's a responsibility for the airlines to re-book you within 48 hours. Does my 48 hours start again with that second re-booking? Does it start again with my third re-booking? On my fourth, does it start again or is it from the very first time that my flight was delayed?
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-28 17:25
Thank you, Mr. Morrison.
I have only about 20 seconds left, so I want to thank both of you again, gentlemen. Thanks for answering my questions as truthfully as you could, and thanks again to your labour force.
If you could, Mr. Morrison, would you please follow up with this committee with an answer—a written response—to that last question I asked?
Thank you, Chair.
View Chris Lewis Profile
CPC (ON)
View Chris Lewis Profile
2022-11-22 11:32
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's an honour to be here at the committee today.
I would start off by saying that, ironically, I used to sit on the international trade committee before I was transferred over to the transport committee. Right before I left the international trade committee, we were actually studying the Indo-Pacific strategy. I know there's a lot of discussion around that.
By the way, gentlemen, thank you very much for your service to our country.
The first question I have, through you, Mr. Chair, is for Mr. O'Rourke.
It's a follow-up to Mr. Bezan's question earlier. It's specific to the Indo-Pacific strategy and our northern gateway with Russia and China. I know that you mentioned you didn't have an answer to that question. Perhaps this committee could get a written response. Would you be willing to do that, sir?
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