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View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you so much, Madam Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses for the testimony you've brought this morning.
I have a question for you, Dr. Geist. You have criticized the Liberal government's defence of Bill C-11 for being “misleading”. Could you expand on that, please?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you so much, Mr. Geist.
Mr. Menzies, as a former CRTC commissioner, your insight has been valuable.
You've said that using the Broadcasting Act to regulate the Internet is not the appropriate mechanism and in fact is impossible. Can you explain to the committee how unfeasible and inappropriate this attempt is and what you see are the potential negative ramifications of it?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you so much for that.
Ms. Fortier, can you briefly—I'm sorry—explain how Bill C-11 will harm digital first creators by playing with discoverability?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Chair.
Thank you all for being here today. We appreciate your participating in this issue. As I'm sure you're aware, it has a great deal of emotion attached to it. You recognize that, and I appreciate that we have to consider that in the midst of all of this.
Dr. Li, first of all, I have a couple of questions for you.
When you mentioned the number who were engaged in the study and you gave the reasoning with respect to why there weren't more, you mentioned the impacts of COVID. You mentioned the inability to meet.
I know our Legions have a significant role in bringing people together, and I wonder whether there was an effort to engage the Legion to assist people in taking part in this via Zoom. I'm assuming a lot of the older individuals weren't familiar with those sources of communication. Was that something that was considered and attempted to any great degree?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
It is disconcerting to me to realize that there wasn't a significant effort on the part VAC to work with the Legions to make it happen and have more individuals engaged in this process. I appreciate that response from you.
I see your recommendations here. You do talk about how information provision technology should be improved. Is that part of the picture you gained because of interaction with those you were able to talk to? Is it also possibly in regard to expectations to be able to perform the task that you were given?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
That's understood. Obviously, as if they're not going through enough already, they just don't have the capability to communicate in the way that would be needed. In that case, it would be good if we somehow had VAC available to be proactive in communicating with them in that regard.
You do mention the issues around psychological support for veterans and their survivors in this circumstance. We did hear about one veteran who made that decision to offset some of his pension for the future in the case of his wife needing that support. They made those sacrifices for him to be able to do that. Then she passed away ahead of him and those funds were no longer his.
Did you face that conversation at all? What was your sense of the psychological and emotional stress that would bring?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
I'm not sure which of the women who presented would best give this answer.
When that decision is made by a veteran, are they counselled in the fact that, when they make that sacrifice and put that money aside, if their spouse were to die then those funds would no longer be available? I would think that they would then invest that personally, rather than lose that as a possible means of income.
That's for Ms. Garrett-Baird or Ms. Tattersall.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. I understand that they get the full monthly pension payment back, but is there no kind of a payout for the fact that the money was their investment?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Chair.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Chair.
I look at this, and it concerns me deeply. I don't think we're advising our veterans on the best direction of action to take as they get older. If they choose to get married at 60.... Obviously things are different now from what they were many years ago, and this is a norm.
I am concerned that, since 1994, there have been nine private member's bills on this issue, a motion in 2006 and then a 2015 mandate letter from the Prime Minister that made it a top priority to eliminate the marriage after 60 clawback clause. Then, of course, in budget 2019 that was all gone, and we're into a veterans survivors fund approach.
Clearly, I don't think our government is in a position right now to look at what this would cost to make those changes that, on a personal level for these veterans, should really be there.
I have a question about that $150 million over five years, and that it hasn't been spent. The way I read it, it says, to better support the surviving spouses married after age 60, budget 2019 announced $150 million over five years starting in 2019 to create a veterans survivors fund. However, as you were saying, that needs to be created—$30 million a year. Why is there not far better research going into what this needs to be moving forward? It looks to me that it's not going to be set up well, if it is set up at all, and it needs to have proper research.
Dr. Li, what would you have liked to have available to you to do a more rounded approach to the particular study you did?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you. I really appreciate that.
Mr. Crabtree, you were talking about the actuarial assessments and that there hasn't been one for at least a decade. Is that normal?
I look at this and the amount of concern that has grown. You see it in the House of Commons, through these bills, these promises and then these changes. Why is there not a more up-to-date, constant reckoning of what this is actually going to cost the government if this were to happen or if that were to happen, to enable you to budget properly to make sure that the program can function?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
I hear you. That's fair enough. It's important that we understand these things and that veterans understand these things.
I have a question for Ms. Garrett-Baird.
You mentioned the different programs that are available for survivors to access. One of them you mentioned is the VIP, but again, here's the catch. It says it had to be used by the veteran.
I can tell you that it's one thing to be the veteran if you're the male in the family who may continue to do things like shovel and cut the grass, but if he is suddenly gone and the wife.... I can attest to the fact that I would struggle with those responsibilities, yet here it's attached again to whether or not the spouse needed it before passing away. This, to me, seems unreasonable. If we're truly concerned about meeting the needs of that veteran's spouse...and you're right, as Mr. Crabtree said, we're talking about people in their seventies, eighties and now occasionally nineties.
Mr. Chair, can she give a brief reply?
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Thanks you so much, Chair.
View Cathay Wagantall Profile
CPC (SK)
Did we lose my friend?
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