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View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I understand the representatives of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada very well. I understand that they are surprised to see that in an omnibus budget, the government is attempting to dispose of an issue that is on the negotiating table.
You mention that this type of process may be unconstitutional, and I believe that that is a very real possibility. It would not be the first time that this government goes before the Supreme Court and is not successful in bringing in certain measures. I calculated that this has happened about a dozen times.
If the government continues this, are you going to launch court challenges? Perhaps Ms. Benson could answer that question.
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
I agree with you on this matter.
The government claims that these measures are going to allow it to save $900 million, but you challenge that figure.
Did your organization evaluate this? In the event that this bill were applied as it stands, did your calculations produce a different figure?
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
This is a problem we are facing with this budget. In a more general way, the government was announcing a surplus of $1.4 billion. And yet we are told that this $900 million is not real money. They have calculated things in a particular way to arrive at that surplus. Moreover, for the quarter that has just come to an end, the forecast was that the gross domestic product would increase by 1.2%, but in reality, there has been a drop of 0.6%. There were supposed to be surpluses in the budget that has been presented, but we parliamentarians, and the entire population, can see that we are instead heading toward a deficit.
I share your opinion that this $900 million amount is fictional money which has been trumped up essentially for political ends. The amount is being used to show that the government is a good manager. However, in principle, a good manager negotiates with its unions and attempts to maintain negotiated agreements as long as possible. However, it is clear that this government does not do that.
I would like to go back to your table, which I found very interesting. You applied the proposed plan to the figures you had for 2013-2014. I see in your table that after having used the six days of sick leave being proposed, 45% of employees who would need leave because they are sick would not be covered by the new plan.
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
In your presentation...
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
You also refer to Bill C-4, which is an obstacle. It is not the first time that this government attacks the right to collective bargaining.
Does this all mean that this government does not like workers and does not like unionized workers? What is going on?
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
I'm going to conclude.
I heard your criticism regarding the reason for our opposition. In fact, our objection is not, basically, about the content of the bill, however we do wonder about one thing. This question is not addressed only to you, since it could also go to the RCMP. How is it that we are being presented with omnibus bills that involve budgetary questions, and in which matters are discussed that could be studied by other instances and in the context of other laws? The provisions affecting the Industrial Design Act, the Patent Act and the Trade-Marks Act could have been part of a separate bill and have been studied in that framework rather than being included in a budget bill.
Thank you, Mr. Rajotte.
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Minister, let me tell you about a lady named Francine.
Francine had cancer and she was entitled to 15 weeks of EI benefits. Quebec has last resort assistance. However, since she had a house, she could not access the assistance.
I read the Parliamentary Budget Officer's report that said what we could have done with the $2 billion EI surplus. That could have helped Francine and thousands of other people like her who are at the end of their benefits and are forced to seek last resort assistance.
Earlier, you said that the income splitting system in 2014-2015 was $2.395 billion. I talked with Francine. She feels—and I agree with her—that the government is helping neither people suffering and in need nor sick people. With this amount of over $2 billion, we could have stretched the EI benefits for a full year. That is what the Parliamentary Budget Officer says. However, the government is instead giving the money to 15% of the population, that is to say the wealthier segment. That is how Francine sees your budget and that is how I see it as well.
How do you explain the choice to use this amount of $2 billion to balance the budget and give $2.395 billion to 15% of the population? Francine and the people who are suffering in Canada don't understand an action like that. It's as if you are working for those who don't need it and you don't care about the real needs of the people. That is deplorable.
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
Do you understand Francine's predicament? She would have liked to be able to benefit from EI benefits during the duration of her treatment. Instead, the government stops giving her those benefits and gives them to the wealthiest 15% of the population. There is something despicable about that.
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
Does the government not also have a role in helping the poorest members of society? Should that not be a full-time concern for the government?
View Pierre Dionne Labelle Profile
NDP (QC)
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