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View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Chair, first of all, I'd like to give notice of motion for the following:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Finance undertake a study of the Canada Revenue Agency’s conduct regarding the decision on Advanced Pricing Arrangements and:That the Commission of the Canada Revenue Agency appear for two hours at the beginning of the study;That the Commission of the Canada Revenue Agency appear again for two hours at the end of the study;That the Canadians for Tax Fairness as well as business and academic experts be invited as witnesses;That whistleblowers be invited to testify in camera;That the committee allocate four (4) meetings to hear from witnesses, and;That the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
With respect to this motion, Mr. Chair, the clerk will be getting it as well as a translated version.
I just want to put the members of the committee on notice and give them time for their consideration.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Yes, it is a different motion.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Hopefully the members have just been put on notice, and that will give you some time to think about it.
I do have some questions for the officials as well.
Do I have two more minutes?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
To the officials, thanks for being here today as well.
How much money is government expecting to collect as a result of debt repayments on the initial CERB advance payment?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
The government does not have an expectation or a target for what the amount is.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Can you get back to us on that with an answer?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you.
How much money is the government expecting to collect as a result of debt repayments on the CESB payments for those deemed ineligible by the CRA?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Are expected repayment revenues from debt repayments on CERB and the CESB for those deemed ineligible included in budgetary revenues outlined in budget 2022?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Considering the 1.7 million CERB recipients who have been told they need to pay back money, how much has the CRA spent or does it expect to spend on administrative costs to collect those repayments?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the officials as well.
Yesterday I asked a question of the finance department. The question I asked was one that all Canadians need answered before any of us parliamentarians can objectively vote on this bill. The question was this: What in Bill C-19 addresses the inflation crisis Canadians are facing today?
Yesterday the department's response to the question was that the department is focusing on macroeconomics. They said that the bill is taking the edge off of inflation over the coming quarter, that the bill is trying to get back on target and that it will also normalize the fiscal and monetary policies.
With inflation in crisis mode throughout Canada, this causes something else for Canadians. It causes a cost of living and affordability crisis stemming directly from the inflation crisis. That's stemming from all the printed money that often wasn't necessary. I'm going to ask my question again today. I really have no preference for who answers it, but today I'm hopeful that I'm actually going to get a real answer.
Again, what in Bill C-19 addresses the inflation crisis that Canadians are facing today?
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, with all due respect, when you put a bill together and a budget that adds new taxes to Canadians during an inflation crisis, my question isn't really a political question. It's a very good question. We have thousands of civil servants in Canada. There are 56 of them here today. They can't stand behind their own work.
Obviously, there's a minister. I understand that.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, I appreciate all of the commentary, but nobody answered my question yesterday. It's great to have the excuse that 56 people also can't answer it today, but I didn't ask the question in poor faith. I asked a very good question for the people of Miramichi—Grand Lake. It's not an argumentative point. I just want an answer to the question. What's the bill doing?
We have an entire bureaucracy who wouldn't answer yesterday, and they can't answer today. Either way, I get no answer. Whether it's technical today and not yesterday, nobody answered my question.
The people of Miramichi—Grand Lake are facing 7.4% inflation in New Brunswick, whereas it's 6.7% in the country. We have an affordability crisis stemming from the inflation crisis, which stems from the problem of this government printing too much money.
When I ask a legitimate question, I expect an answer. I don't think it's too much for me to ask them to answer my question. I really don't. I'm really ashamed of the fact that they can't answer that question. I'll ask a different question, and hopefully I'll get a different answer.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Isn't that convenient?
Thank you.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the officials for being here today.
I want to paint a little picture of where I live—Miramichi-Grand Lake in New Brunswick—and how this budget affects it.
Miramichi-Grand Lake, my riding, is the size of Prince Edward Island. There are probably about two places to plug in an electric car. Most people who order them are waiting a year—and sometimes two—because they can't get them and, of course, the government has basically stood by and watched China grow its ability to produce lithium.
The people where I live drive SUVs, trucks and muscle cars. They have boats. We have a marina. We live on one of the greatest salmon-fishing rivers in the world.
We're not seeing the million jobs referred to here today. It's nice to hear. We don't see them in Miramichi-Grand Lake. In Miramichi, we were a port facility, dating back to the mid-1800s and right up until the early 1990s, and then it slowed, so in recent years, the river hasn't been dredged. A company from Quebec wanted to dump $12 million on their own dime into the port. The were called “Groupe Gagné”. The government's role was to fix the navigational aids for $1.5 million. They said no, which stifled a minimum of 15 to 20 companies that would have been producing wood pellets, lobster, wood products, steel, fabrication products.... Basically, the current government has stifled every economic opportunity we had locally.
Now, with respect to this budget, inflation is currently at 6.7%, but it's 7.4% in New Brunswick, so it's much worse in my home province—as I've said—with no sign of it slowing down.
I don't see immediate relief for Canadians inside of this budget, but I'm going to ask the officials today, what in Bill C-19 is going to address the inflation crisis that Canadians and Miramichi-Grand Lakers are facing today?
Thank you.
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