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View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to take an opportunity to thank all the witnesses today for their testimony, not just their testimony but their suggestions that would hopefully come to light.
I'm very fortunate that Living Waters is in my riding. I'm fortunate to sit in here today. I just want to say to anyone who gets an opportunity to go up there, it's a world-class resort. As you heard in the testimony, certainly Mr. Law and his organization have won many awards. I just want to quickly highlight another one and congratulate him. I know that Mr. Law on the weekend got the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs Lifetime Achievement Award, so congratulations on behalf of everyone in Canada. That's a huge achievement. Congratulations.
Mr. Law, in your opening remarks, you referenced the priority status the government enacted allowing the agriculture industry to hire temporary foreign workers without the LMIA review. I'm just wondering if you or Mr. Buckle could explain if that similar priority status exemption would provide the relief that you and certainly members of the Canadian resort industry as well would need. Would that exemption enable you to open all your rooms this summer? We know this is going to affect Canadian jobs as well. We need to make sure that you're open.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
I think it's imperative probably as an organization. Often some of these decisions are made by us as politicians and we need to hear from the ground. It's even in our offices that these will come up.
Can you just give me a quick overview of what it's really like to try to find employees in our Collingwood area? We need maybe a regional approach.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Buckle, I have another question. I know new policies roll out and how that affects these businesses. I'm just wondering, in your role as general manager and vice-president of resort operations, I would assume that probably Employment and Social Development Canada has reached out and conducted some thorough consultations before enacting this policy change to the 6% employment cap in regions, and certainly in ours. I know it's everywhere in our region. It's a key problem. I'm just wondering where these temporary foreign workers would be hired.
Can you outline what kind of consultation you had from the government?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
I don't have a whole lot of time left, but I just want to know what this decision does.
I know we had an outline from Mr. Law in the beginning. For the actual town of Collingwood to not have the ability to bring in these temporary foreign workers, what does that mean on the ground for all of the people who are living here now who either work near a resort or live here in Collingwood?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I just want to say that, sitting in this meeting here, the reason we get into a bit of trouble—whether it's here or whether it's the current government—is the fact of inconsistencies. What I'm hearing here and what my colleague said earlier today was something to the effect that they don't agree with it: “We don't do it this way, but I would vote for it.” This just doesn't bode well.
I would suggest to the chair that they are very similar. They are very consistent, so, as a committee, if we want to stay and be professional, the onus is on us to make sure that we make a consistent call on this here. Quite frankly, if Mr. Garrison's motion holds true, I don't know how you—or anyone, for that matter—can come to the consensus that some other party, no matter which party it is, can bring somebody forward in the same way. I just implore all the members here to remember that consistency is the number one thing.
I don't really see a big difference, and I believe what you're saying, Madam Chair, that if at any time a member wanted to request that somebody come, all of us on this committee would do that. I'm just concerned that if we're not following what we normally would consistently do, we may find ourselves with a bit of a problem.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to take a moment as well to thank all three witnesses for their heartfelt, compelling and quite thought-disturbing comments here today.
As a quick backdrop, I've been an MP for a year. Before here, I was the mayor of a community that encompasses Base Borden, one of the largest training bases in Canada. I worked closely with the base during my years municipally. One of the things I noticed, and certainly a lot of the people in our community noticed, was some of what has come out in comments here today.
The military police would come off the base. A lot of the individuals don't live on that base anymore. They've become part of our community, which is fantastic. They're our hockey coaches, soccer coaches or are getting involved in whatever it might be. However, a lot of times, they'll come off the base for different things. I know some of them unfortunately are suicides, but it could be assaults or whatever it might be. You were talking earlier about drug addiction, alcohol abuse and things of that nature. Even I, in regard to the suicides, unless the hospital told me, these were not things we really knew in the community.
I know last week we had Bell Let's Talk Day. Basically, the premise is, let us talk about these issues that are affecting people. As a past mayor I wonder, do all three of you think we can do a better job?
Let's talk about this. We have the 2017 suicide strategy, together with Veterans Affairs, and I thank Randall for asking that question, because it's something I want to know constantly: Where are we at? Are we improving? Where will we be? Do you think we need to find a way for the military to stress what's going on in people? That's the first question.
I'm going to ask both questions, because we have only five minutes. You can answer the second one as well.
The second question goes to the fact that you're saying you often have to travel far for help. I've stated that before. If you have mental issues, you have to drive, from where I am, an hour and a half to Toronto in traffic. It's just not good. Do you think it's something that we should really invest in, perhaps with private enterprise, on the base?
Investing in those types of agencies or institutions that can help people immediately, and veterans after the fact because a lot of them continue to live around here, do you think that is one of the key elements that could help save lives and perhaps save relationships as well?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Do any other individuals want to comment on that fact?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I as well want to take the opportunity to thank General Fortin and General Misener for their dedication and commitment to this great country of ours.
I read this morning a report that came out from the Angus Reid poll and basically showed that Canadians' confidence in the government's vaccine plan had declined from 58% to 45% in the past six weeks. That's certainly not a positive trend, and we need to do better. Just 36% of Canadians now say they feel that the federal government has done a good job in securing sufficient doses for the population, and that's down 11 points from December, while the number that says “not so good” has more than doubled.
General, I certainly don't envy the position you are in. I have every confidence in your ability, and I certainly have more than enough confidence in the men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces to deliver every vaccine you are provided. I am very proud to represent CFB Borden, which is in my riding.
I have a few comments that I've also heard from some other individuals here in talking about long-term care homes. There was a bad outbreak in Barrie, just beside me in the next riding over, and one in Bradford as well.
Certainly, the conditions aren't that great, and I think we've learned that over our studies, to show that we can improve upon our seniors' homes, but there is one thing we can do—and we can do now—to help these people. Really, the onus here is that instead of blaming others, we need to have a mirror and look at ourselves. We need vaccines for these people. We can deal with those issues later. That's number one.
My question comes from the calls that I have received this week. There were quite a few because of the area I'm representing. There is concern from a lot of the front-line workers, from the nurses and from whoever is working in the seniors' homes. Some of them have received their first vaccine dose, and now they're waiting for their second. With these backups that we're seeing today, do you know how many people now are waiting for that second dose?
The follow-up question would be this. General, is there a plan for how we're going to deal with the fact that over that time period when people are supposed to get the vaccine if it perhaps goes past that point in time...? Will that change your whole rollout of how you're going to get the vaccines out to people? They'd almost be obsolete, perhaps. I'm curious to know if you could give me some insight into that.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
As it stands now, those individuals who do have that first shot aren't guaranteed the second shot in a timely manner, so it would change the whole amount of vaccines we need, the whole rollout of the plan. I know it's in conjunction with the provinces and that's probably not only a huge issue to those individuals, but it's a huge issue logistically.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, General.
How many doses did we receive this week?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
To follow up, how many doses should we be expecting next week?
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I too want to thank you witnesses for coming back once again today. Thank you very much for that and for your years of service.
Colonel Jetly, I want to thank and congratulate you. I'm sure you're quite excited to move on to that next stage in life.
In 2016, we did a report of the Mental Health Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention, a joint suicide prevention strategy, which highlighted that for some of our members, the transition period between being released from the Canadian Armed Forces and becoming a veteran could be a particularly stressful and a vulnerable time.
My riding is Simcoe—Grey, which has one of the largest if not the largest base, CFB Borden. What we find here is that many of the individuals decide after their military career to stay in Wasaga Beach or Alliston or Angus, or some of the other local areas here, which is good. We certainly want to find a way for them to seamlessly integrate into our community here. I've heard many times throughout the years that they seem to lack that 24-7 in-person support close by. I know that if someone has stress or mental health issues, for instance, they have numbers and they have to go to Toronto, but driving in Toronto, if you weren't stressed before, you will definitely be stressed by the time you get there.
So my question for you is this. With what we've heard and talked about in this area, do you think it would be a good idea to reach out? I know we're doing a hospital expansion down here in Alliston, which it borders on. Would it be a good idea to work together to put some of those services close so that they're still here in the communities that they're in to hopefully help them through that stressful time? I know they're also stressed as well with the backlog in Veterans Affairs, so I think it's our duty to do anything we can to help them out.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Stevenson is the one that is actually going through a redevelopment. There have been discussions about perhaps working together. It would be good money well invested, and perhaps we could save some money and at the same time save some lives.
View Terry Dowdall Profile
CPC (ON)
Do you think there is a gap? There's a perception of a gap. Do you actually think there's a gap in access to services during those transition periods?
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