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Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Good afternoon to my colleagues.
Thank you very much to our witnesses for their testimony today. It's very important.
I don't think I've seen a thing that we've brought before HUMA—and I've been on HUMA for many years—that's as important and as transformational as this. When I look around the horseshoe here, among the Conservatives, the NDP, the Bloc and us, we all agree on the importance of this bill.
Very much like the Canada child benefit, the old age benefit and the GIS, it's transformational legislation. We want to make sure that we get this right. That's why it's so important that we hear your testimony and that we don't rush it. We recognize the importance of expediting it, but we want to make sure we get this right.
One thing I want to ask all three of you, first and foremost, is about the relationships and how you see this integrating with the provinces. There are a range of supports right now that persons with disabilities access through provinces and territories, whether it's a pharmacare program, a home care program or an employment support program.
I'm going to start with you, Mr. Adair. I'm looking for your thoughts as to how we ensure that we intertwine and we work with the provinces to make sure that there's a net benefit for persons with disabilities.
Thank you.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you for that, Mr. Adair. I'm going to try to come back to you.
Ms. Wood or Mr. Prévost, do you have anything to add about how we make sure that we negotiate with provinces or intertwine this benefit to make sure that there's a net gain?
Go ahead, Mr. Prévost.
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Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Although I understand the intent of the motion, I just feel.... We have a committee that's studying MAID now, and I just feel it's outside of the scope, so we can't support that.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair. Good afternoon, colleagues.
Good afternoon to our witnesses. Welcome back, Mr. Lepofsky. Thanks for your contributions to Bill C-81. That was landmark legislation, the Accessible Canada Act that we put through last session.
To spread it around a bit, my questions will be for Mr. Calderhead and Ms. Bourgeois.
Mr. Calderhead, you alluded earlier to clawback. I want to drill down on that a bit more. As we saw with our national day care program, it takes negotiation with each province.
It's going to be very important for us, as government, to make sure provinces and territories don't view the disability benefit as an income replacement or an opportunity to reduce existing benefits. Recognizing that we have 13 provinces and territories that all have different programs and plans, can you speak to us a bit on the importance of ensuring that this proposed federal benefit is harmonized with the existing provincial and territorial benefits?
Can you touch on that again, Mr. Calderhead?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
You would see a province-by-province negotiation, if you will, for acceptance.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Ms. Bourgeois, can you also comment on the importance of making sure that we have this harmonized with provincial and territorial benefits?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Calderhead, could you—
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Good afternoon, colleagues.
Thank you to our witnesses. Thanks for your work on this.
My questions are along the same line as MP Falk's. I will say, just for the record, that I'm glad we forced provinces along on things like day care—Premier Kenney and Premier Ford. I'm glad that we brought them along to accept the day care programs that are benefiting all of our constituents around the table.
Along the lines of MP Falk, one concern a lot of my constituents have that they come into the office and talk to me about is this: “How will it look? How will it intertwine with the provinces? Premier Higgs is going to cut some of our benefit.”
Do you envision this, as my colleague MP Falk was saying, as a province-by-province negotiation? Will it look different? Do you expect it to look different province by province? For example, our housing benefit is different in one province from another. I know we had the negotiations with child care. How do you envision that's going to look rolling out?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you for that.
I'll yield what's left of my time to MP Morrice.
Thank you.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, colleagues.
Ms. Nandy and Mr. Cadieux, thank you very much for coming today and for your work on this.
I was surprised, Mr. Cadieux, when you were talking about.... The average draw was nine weeks, and 33% used 15 weeks. Can you confirm that and elaborate, please?
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Lib. (NB)
Thank you.
Ms. Nandy or Mr. Cadieux, can you speak to what analysis the department has conducted that supports the increase in the maximum number of weeks of EI sickness to 26? What analysis did you do?
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Lib. (NB)
Thank you.
Has the department compared the potential impact of 26 weeks compared to 50-52 weeks? Have you done an analysis on that?
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