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View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Chair, and thank you to both witnesses.
Mr. Falconer, I agree very much. As a mayor and now as an MP, I have been working to try to get Quebec to change the requirements with respect to foreign medical personnel and international graduates. Unfortunately, most of this is really provincial and in the college of physicians, but I'd be interested in chatting about that offline at a future date.
I wanted to ask both you guys about language requirements. One of the things that I worked on as chairman of the justice committee in the last Parliament was a study on human trafficking. What we recommended was that temporary foreign workers needed to receive documentation, including health documentation, in their actual language, their own language, not only in English and French.
Given the fact that many documents are still not available in Spanish, for example, with respect to many of the workers who are now in our farms, or in Tagalog or other languages, I think there may be a breakdown in communication, where temporary foreign workers do not know all the rights they have and are then not able to exercise their rights.
I'm wondering if either of you have any recommendations in regard to languages.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Again, I understand the point. I still think that having access to materials in your own language is pretty invaluable and important in order to know how to exercise those rights.
I now have a question for Mr. Falconer, regarding the recent penalties that the IRPR announced with respect to ensuring that employers have to help their employees follow public health orders, including the Quarantine Act, which gives some pretty hefty penalties to employers. Their penalties range up to a million dollars and permanent bans on hiring foreign workers. Do you think that is going to help in terms of the number of foreign workers who have contracted COVID-19 and help to have the public health requirements be met by these employers?
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, do I have any time left?
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
My colleague, Mr. Kusmierczyk, who is the parliamentary secretary to Minister Qualtrough, has heard your offer to assist. I know that you guys helped the B.C. government recently and did some training in B.C., so I'm sure he'll pass on that message to his colleagues since I don't have any time left.
Thank you to both of you for being here. I really appreciate it.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Dr. Mahboubi and Dr. Milloy, for the important work you both have done and for coming before this committee.
Dr. Milloy, especially with respect to your fourth point, I completely agree that in these times, people don't care that we're from different parties. They want everybody to work together to find a solution to a crisis. We don't want gotcha moments. Government members shouldn't come to the committee just to defend everything the government did and opposition members shouldn't come just to attack everything the government did. We should be working together. So I thank you for saying that.
I want to address the workforce question. You mentioned in your first point that jobs will rapidly disappear. I imagine that the jobs that will be disappearing all the more quickly will be the jobs that were being driven away by technological change. That will be exacerbated by the pandemic. One of the areas you have great experience in is with respect to trades. While you now represent an academic institution, as we know—you know more than I do on this—a significant percentage of people in trades are retiring in the next 10 years. What would you advise the federal government and the provincial governments to do to promote the need for people to get into the trades?
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
Dr. Mahboubi, I want to thank you as well for your presentation.
I take it that you both agree that the CERB has been a very valuable program, that its rollout was quick and effective, in the sense that it reached a lot of people very quickly, but that as it gets extended more and more, we need to make changes to the program, and I took note of the suggestions you made.
I want to explore one issue with you that you didn't raise, the issue of immigration. I read a paper you wrote a couple of years ago saying that in order to compensate for retirements in Canada and the aging population, we would need to bring in approximately 1.4 million immigrants per year.
Can you talk about immigration, because we're about to have the Minister of Immigration back to this committee? What role do you see immigration playing in helping us get out of the recession or the job crisis that we're now in?
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Lib. (QC)
I have a point of order, Mr. Chair.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, I believe that Ms. Young had put forward an amendment that was on the floor. The clerk has just clarified it, but I don't believe that amendment can be amended by Mr. Albas to change the date to another date.
Right now a date is stated in Mr. Albas' motion. There is a date to change it in Ms. Young's amendment, and I think Mr. Albas can't change it again to another date.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, in brief, to respond to what my colleague Ms. Falk just said, the motion as amended by Ms. Young's amendment says that the committee is to report back by December 15, not that the committee finish its work and then it goes to the analysts. December 15 is setting the date by which the analysts will have completed the report, the committee will have amended it and approved it, and it will have been translated and sent to the House. That requires, to be honest, a month, as the analysts have told us. This means we would have had to hear from all the witnesses by the end of October in order to work on the report over the month of November, to have it properly translated and get it to the House by December 15. That is the delay. It's not that we're finishing our work and then starting the report on December 15. It's that the report is submitted by December 15.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to come back to what I understood the motion to be. I thought the motion specifically said one hour per minister, and then I heard Stephanie answering a question by saying that it would be one hour per minister plus an hour for the officials, but I don't interpret the motion that was put forward to say that.
I simply see that it would be at least one hour for each minister, and I would like clarification on that, because I think it's reasonable to say it's one hour per minister. If they come with their officials, the officials come with the minister. They come together. I don't think the motion asked for that second hour. Two hours or one hour each—I get that. However, if it's four hours and then two hours each with officials, I don't read the motion to say that, so I just wanted clarification.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, I believe when she was speaking, our colleague Ms. Kwan was proposing a second amendment, which related to the date. I don't think you incorporated it as part of the amendment that you then put to a vote, and I don't know that anybody intended that or understood it. I was just wondering, if there was such an intention, whether we could give her a chance to put forward that second amendment on the date by which the ministers need to appear.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I want to thank Ms. Kwan for her amendments. I agree with all three of the amendments, and of course, Mr. Chair, we can only deal with one amendment at a time. In addition to what Ms. Kwan has put forward, I will have at least one additional amendment, perhaps two.
If the first question is to Mrs. Kusie, who put forward the motion, does she accept the three requests by Ms. Kwan as being friendly amendments? We need to know whether we actually have to deal with the amendments, because if we do, we should be going one by one so as not to confuse things.
Perhaps I can yield the floor back to Ms. Kusie to answer that before I continue.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I'm going to ask Mrs. Kusie if perhaps she would agree to two other amendments that I hope she will consider to be friendly, and I want to again thank my colleague Ms. Kwan for having put forward those three.
In other committees—the health committee and, most recently, in governmental operations—there was also an exemption made for matters of national security, matters related to solicitor-client privilege and matters of cabinet confidence.
I would propose that the deleted section, the fourth section, which related to legal opinions, be replaced by the following:
Irrespective of the foregoing, matters of Cabinet Confidence, solicitor client privilege and National Security shall be excluded from the request and that the documents be redacted as may be necessary to protect the privacy of Canadians citizens and Permanent Residents whose names and personal information may be included in the documents as well as public servants who have been providing assistance on this matter.
I believe this to be consistent with what was adopted very recently as an NDP motion at the governmental operations committee and by the health committee as well.
My second proposal to Mrs. Kusie, if she would consider it to be friendly, would be to simply delete the word “emails” from sections 1, 2 and 3. It would be to leave all of the other documents but exclude emails. The number of emails that would be covered here, given the millions of Canadian citizens requesting these benefits who have gone to these departments and the fact that everybody was communicating only by email during this period, would be exceptionally voluminous. I believe that it is again consistent with other committees that have not included emails but have included briefing notes, memorandums, guidance and documents.
Those are my requests to Mrs. Kusie. If not, I'll bring them forward as amendments.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, and I thank my colleague Madam Kusie for her consideration.
I think what I understood is that she's comfortable to substitute number 4 to deal with solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidence, and also to redact for privacy issues. Again, this is consistent with the other two committees. I think she was okay with that.
I think her issue was with the second issue that I raised with respect to emails.
What I would suggest to Ms. Kusie is that when people prepare official documents or documents that relate to guidance, I think they're thinking about the issue at hand. Emails, even between two people we've named in this, can be emails that people are flippantly sending to one another. That can include all kinds of comments that they would never have considered relevant to the subject, but they would be part of a larger email that may contain excerpts related to the CERB or something else.
I'm wondering if perhaps we could start with the deletion of “emails”, and if there's something you think then is missing, we can work back. I just don't think that we need all the emails that have been exchanged.
Again, remember that this is not only emails between these named people; any email that the person exchanged with a third party that related to that subject matter would then also be included. I think that's a pretty wide scope. Again, I don't think that's consistent with what's been requested at other committees.
I would humbly request that you might consider just removing the word “emails”. If not, I'm happy to propose it as a separate amendment, and we can debate that amendment.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
You don't consider either of them friendly?
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