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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Governor Dodge.
[Technical difficulty--Editor] ...especially in B.C., where...[Inaudible—Editor]...it's unbelievable. The market is so hot that people are lining up for hours to buy condos, towers--
An hon. member: Leaky ones.
Ms. Sophia Leung: Good ones, no leaky ones.
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Lib. (BC)
So I think it's good. I think we'll welcome that. But my question is this. There's concern because we know people tend to have this follow-the-herd mentality, so everybody rushes into the housing market, including many young people with limited income. There's a great deal of discussion about the fact that, if the market bubble bursts, they will really face a lot of tragedy and a lot of bankruptcy because they're unable to meet the payments. That's one part of the question.
The other part is, what if the low interest rate...? You mentioned earlier that we will have to increase our competitiveness to create new trading opportunities for Canada in the emerging market in terms of China and Canada. Do you how see that will be related?
Another question I have is this. I notice we are very closely related to the U.S. market and economy. Right now the U.S. inflation rate is pretty good; it's so low compared to Canada's. Do you see us following the same trend the U.S. is?
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to welcome Minister Sgro. Thank you for your presentation.
Thank you also to the deputy minister.
I have a couple of questions.
FIrst, I notice in your estimate, on pages 5 and 6, they have language instruction for newcomers to Canada. Of course we are happy to have the additional $15 million for the immigrants. Do you intend to actually use the funds for job training or additional jobs?
In B.C. we started a very effective job fair, as we call it. It's like a trade fair, but this is a job fair to integrate based on the government, the community, and the private sector. Are you intending to develop a special way to develop more jobs, plus the language training? That's one question.
Secondly, I can see that the chair of the IRB will be a very important selection. What is the process for the selection of the chair? Is this person is going to be really determining who is qualified to be a potential member?
Thirdly, we have visitors turned down yearly on the basis--maybe correct me, some of the cases come to my riding--of suspicion of their intentions to stay as immigrants. Sometimes the suspicion may be very factual, but there are cases where it is very difficult to determine what is factual and what is suspicion. What is this really based on?
We have first refusal and second refusal. I know that our constituents are very frustrated. Is there any way it can be more standardized on the reason for refusal?
Thank you.
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you Mr. Chair.
Minister, in the estimates here of your budget, there is an item that I think you call migration policy development, and that's for $300,000. Would you explain what kind of work is involved there, and to whom this funding is allocated? That's my first question.
Another part is, you have many offices in different locations and countries. Would those be part of the budget? It's not here. For a foreign country, where do you allocate your budget?
This is related, but under the last minister of immigration they were talking about—almost 90%—that a new visa office was going to be set up in Guangzhou, but that just disappeared. I wonder if that is due to the funding, or to the lack of a budget. I don't quite follow how your budget is allocated for that kind of overseas service.
Thank you.
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I understand that the tax service is the largest business line under CCRA, and from 2002 to 2005 the agency's estimates will rise from $71 million to $2 billion. That is quite an increase. Can you explain?
First of all, how does the tax service really generate revenue? Also, why is there such an increase? Can we increase the revenue at the same time?
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Lib. (BC)
In 2004-05, the agency's estimates will rise from $71 million to $2 billion--unless I have the wrong figures, but it's in the report.
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Lib. (BC)
It's almost double. Is that right? You say it's--
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Lib. (BC)
Okay.
Can you explain how you generate your revenue from the tax services? Can that be increased? That was my other question.
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Lib. (BC)
I have another question, maybe not really related. We have heard a lot about tax evasion, and the question has been raised many times with the agency. What kind of improvements have you made on that?
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I think this committee has produced very good work, and quite independently, without the PS. I agree with my colleague's ideas. We need more information, a liaison between the department and us. I support Mr. McKay's staying if he prepares better questions.
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to know a little more about the terms of reference of the chief actuary. Would that person be selected and appointed by Parliament or by a committee? What is this person's goal? Could it be a little more clearly defined for me?
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Lib. (BC)
Then they would report to Parliament annually?
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Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I have a couple of questions.
On page 86 you have $614 million on the youth allowance recovery. Could you tell me what you are referring to? Can you find it? It's 2003-04. I'm not very clear on what the youth allowance recovery is. Is that federal and provincial?
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Lib. (BC)
It's only for Quebec, and no other provinces?
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Lib. (BC)
This is from the provincial...
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