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View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Minister, thank you for coming.
As the Minister of Health, do you visit hospitals across Canada? Do you go into any hospitals to visit them to see what some of the challenges are that patients are facing?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
We were a little bit upset, because in my constituency of Brampton—Springdale, we have one of Canada's newest and largest hospital facilities, called the Brampton Civic Hospital. I don't know if you're aware as minister, but there has been a significant number of challenges at that particular hospital. We've had patients who have come in who have had the wrong leg amputated. I think it's been not only local news but also national news. We've had great frustration in the community, in all of Brampton, at the fact that they're having to wait hours and hours to be able to see the emergency room specialists. We have wait times that are at 17.5 hours for complex conditions, which is much, much higher than the provincial average. We have seniors who are having to wait for many months to get access to specialists. So there's a real state of crisis.
As their voice in Ottawa, I sent you a letter last year requesting that you come out and visit the hospital to see first-hand some of the challenges that were there. I can tell you that we were all very shocked in Brampton at the response. I don't know if you saw the letter personally, but it was signed by you, stating that you would not be able to attend. There wasn't even any attempt made by you, as minister, to say, “You know what? We'll take a look at the schedule and I'll see when I can squeeze it in.”
I understand that you would be busy, but there was absolutely no offer from you or anyone in your department to come in, to take a look at the hospital, to talk about some of the challenges. Even though you may say to me in your answer—
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
We can't keep pawning everything off to the province.
The Chair: I'm sorry, Ms. Dhalla, your time is up.
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
We have done that provincially, but you need to take the leadership at the federal level.
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you to Dr. Duncan.
I just really once again wanted to reiterate, Minister, the importance of keeping attention on some of the great shortages of doctors and nurses--
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you to everyone for coming here today.
Since we only have one question, I wanted to raise an issue that is important to many of my constituents in Brampton—Springdale. As you may or may not know, in Brampton, we've built one of the largest and newest hospitals in the country. We have seen a tremendous number of challenges at that hospital, in terms of the wait times and in terms of the services that have been received. The hospital has done a great job in trying to work with the community to rectify these.
Most recently, there was a woman who had the wrong leg amputated. It is a serious, serious issue. Even though the delivery is supposed to be provincial, we wrote to the Minister of Health requesting that she visit the hospital to see it first hand and to get an insight on how severe the challenges are. We were quite astonished to receive her response that she did not have time. I would ask the deputy minister, who I know is very passionate about health care and about delivery, to ensure the message is passed on that there are some serious challenges out there.
My colleague, Dr. Duncan, spoke about the 2014 health care agreement. You stated that there is no formal discussion going on at this point, only through the Senate. I find that very alarming. We are three years away and I can tell you that every Canadian across the country is very concerned and worried.
The question I have actually is on another important public health issue in regard to organic chicken. We had a variety of stakeholders before us at our last meeting. They sounded a bit of an alarm in terms of what's going on in the industry. I wanted to ask Dr. Butler-Jones about organic chicken, which people assume is very safe. They were saying there are not the same monitoring mechanisms for people who sell organic chicken that there are for chicken sold off the market. They were saying that only 97% of the producers are actually in compliance with the protocols that have been established by the Public Health Agency. What happens to the other 3%? What's going on with the producers of organic chicken?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Very quickly to the deputy minister, going back to my first point in regard to the dilemmas in health care, what do you think needs to be looked at for the 2014 health agreement to ensure that Canadians have greater accessibility to doctors, to reduced waiting times, and also to reduced waiting times to see specialists or get access to certain medical treatments?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
This is kind of topical and timely in terms of our discussion of it, because since that CBC documentary, our office has actually been flooded with a number of e-mails from concerned Canadians and constituents.
I know that when Mr. Dungate started off his presentation, he wanted to talk about the elephant in the room that no one wanted to discuss, but I can tell you that people are alarmed. They are horrified, to an extent, and they are scared.
I have a science background, but someone who doesn't have the background, which is probably the average Canadian who is going out to the grocery store and buying chicken, really wouldn't know who to believe. When they watch a documentary the CBC puts on, let me tell you, they are alarmed and they are concerned.
We not only have the report done by the CBC. There was a report written in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2009. We had the Auditor General in Ontario in December 2008, I believe. We had a director of procurement at Maple Leaf Foods. Each and every one of those individuals, or those particular media, have raised the issue of the use of antibiotics in chickens and its correlation with human health.
I find it ironic that Dr. Bergen was talking about the fact that there's no correlation, when I believe that Dr. Smith stated that in the studies that have been done they have found a direct correlation between cephalosporin used in chickens and its impact on human health.
I know that Dr. Rosengren was speaking about the fact that there are protocols between veterinarians and the producers in terms of the industry. But you also mentioned in the beginning part of your presentation that there are over-the-counter drugs.
Who's monitoring what is being used over the counter by these producers?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Regardless of resources, is there a tracking system in place?
If you have an individual out there right now who goes to Shoppers Drug Mart and wants to buy 50 bottles of Advil, because it's available over the counter, no one is going to be able to monitor that. If the person goes to the family doctor and is actually prescribed a certain set of medications, the doctor is going to be able to look at his or her chart.
Who's monitoring how much usage of these over-the-counter products is occurring?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
From my study and research of it, which is not going to be as extensive as your knowledge and wisdom, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency doesn't share its data with CIPARS. Is that correct?
You have the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is monitoring the amount of antibiotics being used in the chickens, which is not providing that information to a body that is also supposed to be helping and which I believe you, as the Chicken Farmers of Canada, are working with.
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
When you use the words “judicious use”, to me that would mean in a therapeutic sense and not in a preventative manner. I think that needs to be defined.
To Dr. Hansen, Dr. Smith, and perhaps to the Chicken Farmers of Canada, could you provide a recommendation? I think what you have told us here today actually creates more worry. We need to do something. Someone needs to get on top of this. From the studies I have read and the information we have seen, the amount of antibiotic use going on with chickens is alarming.
What recommendations would you have for this committee?
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
It's a pleasure to be here at the transport committee. I grew up in a family of boys, so I feel right at home here because there are so many men on the committee.
I know that Mr. Fast was speaking about the legalities regarding the jurisdictional issues, and I wonder if the FCM has spoken to the municipalities about the financial burden this amendment might pose to them.
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
I just want to thank all of my colleagues for making me feel so welcome. It's the first time in my parliamentary career that I've been to the committee on transport, and it's a pleasure to be here.
I'm here today on behalf of a number of my constituents and drivers of airport limousines at Pearson International Airport who live not only in my riding of Brampton—Springdale but also in many other ridings in the surrounding GTA area. These drivers of airport limousines at Pearson Airport have been locked out by their employer, the McIntosh Group of Companies. There are two subsidiary companies to that: Air Cab Limousine and Aaroport Limousine.
Since December 1, 2010, their situation has been very unfortunate. They have been locked out as a result of some alleged unfair business practices. The allegations that have been put forward by the drivers include the mandatory purchasing of the actual vehicle itself from the employer, the mandatory transfer of ownership to the employer without any confirmation of paperwork, the mandatory purchase of insurance from the employer itself. They also include payment of grossly inflated sums of money, for both the permit and the dispatch fees. When you take a look at all of the allegations, it is very clear and evident that these drivers, who are very hard working and who are trying to put food on the table for their families, are clearly being exploited.
They have been protesting out in the freezing cold. I actually had a chance to go and visit them. I've been on the phone with them continuously. It's really kind of a heart-wrenching situation. There have been attempts to resolve the situation for these 200 drivers, but unfortunately there has not been much success. I really strongly feel, as I'm sure many of you will agree, that in light of the circumstances surrounding the lockout, in light of the terms and conditions that are being imposed by the employer who has received the licences from the GTAA, that we as parliamentarians, and especially the transport committee, have a responsibility to study exactly what's going on, just to basically be able to shed some light, and hopefully the result will be a positive outcome.
There is the issue of the drivers themselves and their families and livelihoods that are being affected. As I said, they have been in lockout since December 1, which is a substantial amount of time, and that also included the busy season over the holidays. In addition, I think it's also causing a grave inconvenience to many passengers at Pearson who are having to wait hours to be able to get some sort of transport to get to where they're going. I would hope that we would find support from all members of this committee to be able to study this in this one particular meeting, which would be held, as my colleague John McCallum, said, on Wednesday, March 23, from 11 o'clock to 1 o'clock, and at which we would be able to hear first-hand from the drivers, from the owners, and from the GTAA themselves. So I would ask for your support in this motion.
Thank you.
View Ruby Dhalla Profile
Lib. (ON)
It's between the company and the drivers. The GTAA, which is, obviously as we know, at arm's length, is the one that issues the licences to the actual company. Because the GTAA is supposed to be at arm's length, there is a provision within the GTAA rules that gives them the power to investigate if the person to whom they've granted the licence is not following the terms and conditions. That's why, when we put the motion forward, it was in the general context of being able to listen to all three parties to ensure that there is fairness and transparency all across the board.
If that poses any type of issue, we can--
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