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View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for joining us, Mr. Kirby.
I don't know whether you have a lot of information on the situation in North Korea, on what is happening inside the country. I believe that repression always contains an economic aspect. For instance, it is easy to see that in the example of the Holocaust, when Germany's entire economy was tied in with the concentration camp activities. Moreover, the mass murder of millions of Jews in Europe was a source of revenue and funded their own repression.
According to what I have heard, in North Korea, there is a new privileged class of North Koreans who work in factories on the border that are often controlled by large international companies. The people who work there have absolutely amazing lifestyles compared to ordinary North Koreans who are starving. The source of the regime's collapse is probably the creation of a privileged class of North Koreans who are exploiting their peers. In addition, the funding mostly comes from factories operated by South Korean or Chinese companies.
What are your thoughts on that?
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
A question came to me while you were talking.
If we see that there are indeed sources that supply the regime with capital, shouldn't we take some measures—for example, when we sign agreements with countries—to ensure that Canada is not doing business with companies that use slavery, in one way or another?
Shouldn't we impose penalties against companies or countries that take advantage of people working in slave labour conditions? Could that not be a way to deal with it?
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to know why it will take five years before more case managers are on the job.
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Meanwhile, veterans are waiting. They are waiting until all of those case managers are on the job.
In any case, there is a lot I don't know about the issue, but it makes me think of my friend Jacques. He's 92. One of his legs was shattered in the Italian campaign when he was 18. His last leg operation was in February. He told me about the services he was receiving.
He said that his story was a simple one. He and 10 of his buddies set off crawling through the trenches and spent a year and a half being shot at. He buried half of his friends, and when he got back, he could no longer walk. His father had to lift him off the train. He was never able to do any sports. In a nutshell, he needed assistance in order to live.
While it may be a simple story, he still has to fill out paperwork, with all kinds of fine print to take into account. He knows how to use the Internet, he chats with his nieces and nephews, he isn't afraid of using a computer, but in his eyes, it's an insult to be forced to do it, to have that constraint placed on him. When you've been through what he's been through, you need to talk to a human being.
It's a bit long-winded, but—
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
The government would have done well not to get rid of them in the first place.
How do you justify how complex the system is?
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NDP (QC)
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
I know you're just doing your job, and I wouldn't want to be in your shoes these days, but it doesn't seem like things are changing very quickly. Every single government since the beginning has had a hand in creating the situation. It's like watching a clock that has stopped. If your patient enough to sit and watch it for 24 hours, it will display the right time twice.
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Good afternoon, Minister.
Your government missed an opportunity to become one of the founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. By doing so, it refused to join countries such as Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, which decided to contribute to the development of this important infrastructure.
Why did your government refuse to become a founding member? Are you planning to join the initiative in the near future?
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
All those countries seem to be very serious partners. We are already pretty engaged with Australia, Germany, France and Italy.
Would it have not been preferable to join from the beginning so as to be able to influence the structure instead of waiting to see how it will be developed?
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NDP (QC)
The terms of the softwood lumber agreement with the United States will expire next October.
Will the government negotiate enhancements to the agreement to help producers and processors get back on their feet and create jobs for Canadians?
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Yes, the softwood lumber agreement.
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Pohlmann, you spoke about the fact that companies do not know about the programs available to them. I would like to turn things around. Do you think the agencies and the government know enough about the businesses to be able to create programs that are adapted to their needs and that meet their requirements?
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
We are talking about programs to support exports, but government policies can also be obstacles. For instance, there is a company called Enzyme in my riding that specializes in adapting video games. I saw the problems firsthand. The company was adapting video games into Kazakh and needed programmers who spoke Kazakh. If a job like that was posted at the Saint-Jérôme employment centre, I'm sure they they would not find anyone.
Shouldn't we have an industry development policy in Canada to enable the companies to grow and survive locally? Exporting could come later.
View Marc-André Morin Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Turi, I think you spoke a little earlier about the criteria, particularly that a company's export potential should be considered more seriously.
I have another example. A company in my riding managed to develop a product with huge potential. Its representatives made contact with buyers in Japan, but the company needs $15 million in inventory as a guarantee to insure orders with Japanese companies. It's a great project with unlimited potential. However, if the company does not get any help, it will have to make do with the local market. It might export to the United States, but that will be all.
What can we do for cases like these
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