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View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
I think the member opposite raised the issue of staying on the estimates. I think this is an issue that is not related to the estimates, and I'd ask the minister to focus on that. Thank you.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
On a point of order, again, I will ask the minister this. She was asked a question about women entrepreneurs—
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
—and economic empowerment, absolutely, which is something I feel very passionately about. I'll be asking you questions about it. I'd just ask you to stay to the estimates and to that issue.
Thank you.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
Minister, having sat in your seat, I will kindly ask you if we could stay on the estimates and the issues of the day. I recognize that we have a lot of issues. We could try to boil the ocean here today, but I think that's not our intent.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
Our intent here is to focus on status of women issues to make sure that the women in this country have the focus and voice that I think they deserve from any government.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
Great.
Thank you, Minister. Thank you to all of the public servants who are here today to answer our questions. It's greatly appreciated.
I had the great honour of being Canada's first full minister of Status of Women. I have to say it was an enormous honour. One of the things I focused on was women entrepreneurs. I think that empowering women, providing them with economic opportunities, is the best path forward for dealing with many issues.
In 2014, a report was published, put together under my leadership with Arlene Dickinson, Carolyn Cross, Marissa McTasney—great women. It focused on three things, and the results of the report were very clear. The report was pretty blunt that for women entrepreneurs to be successful, we need money, we need markets and we need mentorship.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
We had the first women-led, all women participant trade mission to Brazil.
My first question for the minister—and I will say I am splitting my time, so I will cut you off, Minister, as I'd like succinct answers—is when will the next all women-led trade mission be, where will it be and under what circumstances?
Second, substantive funding was raised through the private sector to help these women, including from the banking community, which is large in Canada, as opposed to just government funding. What initiatives are being taken with the tier-one banks?
Third, an organization put forward an idea that we acted on called “It Starts with One”, a mentorship program. I'd like a commitment to continue with that program, because the mentorship of young women in this country, I think, is the future of what we will be doing.
Please give succinct answers, because my colleague has a question at the end that I want to reserve a minute for. Thank you.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Minister.
I will be specific and maybe ask you in the future, if you're not able to answer today, specifically what trade mission women will be involved in as an all-women trade mission—
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
—and ask you to report back to this committee before the end of this session.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
Second, will the program “It Starts with One” be re-enacted? It has a specific branding and I think it has been very successful. I think it's important.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
No problem. Thank you very much.
Next I have one quick comment, and then I'll turn my time over to my colleague. With respect to a mandate letter, I think it would be highly appropriate if that letter were released to this committee. We as a committee have a responsibility to be responsive to that mandate letter, and not seeing it and not knowing its details puts us at a disadvantage. I would kindly ask you and the public servants involved to make it and those details available to this committee, please.
View K. Kellie Leitch Profile
CPC (ON)
I have one quick question, Minister.
With respect to violence on campus, one of the items that has been—
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