Thank you, Madam Chair.
Ms. Maxwell, you've painted a very interesting picture of what our country could look like over the coming years. You mentioned productivity and high wages. I would like you to explain to us how this could be accomplished.
I would, however, like to deal first with an issue that you mentioned yourself. The working poor, people who work a normal year and have children. Ms. Bradshaw, my colleague and Minister of Labour, is also as you know the minister responsible for homelessness, and she toured Canada. In several areas, she noticed that families were being housed in church basements.
These people work but they are not in a position to be able to pay rent, feed their children and dress them. On the other hand, I have a difficult time understanding how people who receive social assistance benefits are also entitled to dental care, glasses, and a series of other privileges for free. Good for them! I have nothing against it. Obviously, if people are receiving benefits it's because they are entitled to them, and that there are good reasons for it.
I personally wonder how we could help our working poor remain in the labour market. They could in fact be tempted to take another course. You see?