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View Scott Aitchison Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for having me. It's a treat to be here. I don't often get to come to this committee.
To the Minister, hello and welcome. It's good to see you, too. I don't know why I'm welcoming you. I'm not really part of the committee, but anyhow, thank you for your comments.
Minister, you did speak about a number of great things. I'm wondering if we could focus for a few minutes, though, particularly on skilled trades.
As you know, there's a desperate shortage of skilled tradespeople in this country, about 200,000 currently. For your provincial counterparts, particularly in Ontario—I know you'll be meeting with them soon to talk more about paid sick leave—I'm wondering if you might be working with them to help them in their work to eliminate the stigma about skilled trades. Oftentimes we talk about the importance of a university degree. We think that the way forward to help our provincial counterparts is to encourage more young people to consider the skilled trades, because there's a desperate shortage.
If you could quickly comment on that, I have a couple of more questions about that whole area.
View Scott Aitchison Profile
CPC (ON)
That's excellent.
Sticking with the skilled trades, I know that one of the other items—one of the specific items in your mandate letter—is to work with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance to introduce a labour mobility tax credit where workers in the skilled trades and construction trades specifically can expense eligible travel expenses for relocation costs.
I'm not sure if you're familiar or not with MP Chris Lewis's private member's bill that he's just come up with that would allow tradespeople to claim travel expenses for work about 120 kilometres away from their residence. It's a bit more than what is in your mandate letter.
I'm wondering if you think there may be an opportunity for you and me to collaborate again like we did on Bill C-3 to see if we can't maybe make that a little bit better.
View Scott Aitchison Profile
CPC (ON)
That's great. Thank you for that.
One other issue I wanted to raise with you and give you an opportunity to speak to committee about is one that we have chatted about.
The department recently amended rules surrounding longshore workers requiring eight hours of rest as opposed to the pre-existing six hours. This has been an ongoing issue for some time and you're apprised of it. I know there are some concerns with longshore workers. I've been chatting with folks in Halifax and all across the Maritimes.
I'll just give you an opportunity to speak to us a bit about where things are at there.
View Scott Aitchison Profile
CPC (ON)
If I may, Mr. Chair, I just want to clarify. I fear my name may have been used in vain in my absence here. I did get an email from the minister this morning just apologizing that he wouldn't be here in person, but nothing about the committee specifically. It was just that the weather and the wind were bad in Newfoundland, to which I said, “Okay, great.” I didn't really know he was speaking specifically about committee. I wasn't actually aware that the minister was going to be here.
That said, I don't really care. It would nice to be a little more explicit next time, but I'm happy to have the discussion and move along.
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