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View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you for being here again. It's nice to see you. I must commend you. You certainly do facilitate members of Parliament. I think you have gone above and beyond. You have thought of things that certainly I wouldn't have thought of. You have made a big move, and we've visited you at the new library. Have you seen a decrease in—I'm seeing a nod there—visitation? Second, is there perhaps an uptick at the facilities in the Wellington Building?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
I can testify to how spectacular your branch is on Wellington. It's right around the corner from my office.
I think you alluded to this, but if we were to look historically at how members used the facilities and services that you render, is it on an incline or decline?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Finally, is there something we could do as a committee that would help you reach those goals, so that more people can realize just what an excellent service you have for us?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
I want to thank the panel for more excellent testimony.
Dr. Rabheru, you said there are three things that every human being needs—somewhere to live, something to do and someone to love. Is that a personal observation or is that a study find?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
So it's not a study find. It's great, though.
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes.
Ms. Gillis, you paint a grim picture of what's happening to a lot of our seniors. I'm going to date myself, but I think I served on this committee in the 39th Parliament. It's been that long.
A voice: He's 40.
Voices: Oh, oh!
Mr. Dave Van Kesteren: It's great to be back.
You talked about some of the issues we confront with our seniors today. They are grim. We know these things. But what happened? I began this by dating myself, because I remember a time when seniors were cherished and looked after. Is this an indictment of our own culture? Is this something we just slipped into? What happened?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
We also talked about income. Unless the statistics have changed, a number of years ago—I'm talking maybe a couple of years ago—63% of people in Canada received just CPP. That doesn't apply to stay-at-home moms, and obviously the OAS and GIS kick in. My mother was one of those as well. Do we have an unfair retirement system if 63% of the people in this country get just CPP? Is there something wrong with our retirement system if it's so lopsided?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
I wish I had more time. There's a theme here that I recognize. I also want to say that my mother stayed home, as well. She came to this country with five children. Can you imagine? She had to learn the language, and then she had another five. I'm on the back-end of the five. I know all of the stories you're talking about.
There seems to be a theme that I'm hearing from all three of you women—the role that faith played in your upbringing. Can you just touch on that? Does anybody have a quick response to that?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Lynn—that's my mother's name—maybe you want to touch on that as well.
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
It's a fascinating discussion here. As I look around the table, I see that Mr. Eyking and I are the old men in the group here—he's not listening. We've been here the longest.
I remember when I came to this place. I said to my wife shortly thereafter that this is a difficult country to govern, with the first nations, the east, the west, the French, the English, and it goes on and on. It just gets tougher and tougher as we grow.
Then I heard the Prime Minister say it, and I thought I must be right. Then I found out the first prime minister said it. This is a difficult situation, but it seems to me that the problem we're talking about, and I believe you've really hit on this, is that there has to be a collective effort to move this country forward. This has never happened. I think we need to sit at the table with all levels of government, including first nations. We should be including industry, labour, academia.
As we plan for the future, I get excited about the very things I hear you talking about. The biggest problem that we have in this country is the cross-border trade. It affects you, too.
Like Mr. Eyking, I'm not going to be here in the next election. I look forward to the day we see that taking place. I see you as leaders in that capacity.
Would you agree that if we had the courage to take those steps, to decide as a nation that we can do this, and to include all peoples, that we could possibly get to some of these...rather than always having this top-down effort that we've adopted for a century now?
Do you want to comment on that maybe? I'd just like to get your inputs.
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