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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
On behalf of Dr. Ellis, I want to move the motion:
That for the next twelve months Health Canada table with the committee on a weekly basis the number of infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen doses that arrived in Canada that week, the number of doses anticipated to arrive the following week; and, that this information be provided in both official languages, and the clerk post this information on the committee’s website immediately
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Just for clarification, Wikipedia describes “biweekly” as either twice in a week or every other week.
So if we change it to biweekly, we are not necessarily making it very clear.
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Good.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is for each of our witnesses today. I'd like you to outline the work you have done looking at other countries. Do they have similar programs? It doesn't necessarily have to be just for the Black community.
What programs are there in other countries? How successful have they been? What we could learn from them? Can we measure our particular allocation of dollars, versus some of those other kinds of programs in other countries?
It's always hard to determine a level of success. I'm not suggesting you're saying this, but the fact is that if an organization were granted a particular sum of money and one job was created, the organization could consider that to be a success. How do we benchmark? To me, in benchmarking something like this, it would be good to compare it to similar programs that are happening elsewhere in the world.
I'd like each of you to comment on whether you've done that kind of work internationally.
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for being here today.
I wanted to get a bit of a better understanding of on-reserve, off-reserve challenges. I'm going to start with Ms. Hayward.
You mentioned the number of 7,000 units being built. Is that on reserve, off reserve or a combination of the two, and is that in the last year, which I think you said? Could you clarify that for me, please?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay, so this is all off-reserve housing you're talking about.
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
One of the things we consistently hear is that one of the barriers or hurdles tends so often to be municipal guidelines, municipal regulations, those sorts of things. Is this something that you as an advocate on behalf of indigenous housing want to talk about a bit? Is it a problem as well?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Consultation is one thing, or to have recognized indigenous housing, but I'm thinking more of things like zoning and those sorts of things.
In your efforts over the past few years, are there a couple of specific things that you constantly run across that just don't seem to be necessary at the municipal level? Would you care to elaborate a little bit on that?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
It's the kind of thing we hear about consistently, and one of the concerns I have with programs like the accelerator fund is appropriate measurements of success.
Have you given any thought to what the federal government could implement into the regulations within the legislation or the program to ensure that some of these things are cleared out of the way? Is measurement important to you? Is measurement of success important?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Clarify this for me: Is there anything in this accelerator fund program that would be applicable to the situation on reserve?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. Does one of our witnesses, our guests, care to elaborate on that? It would seem to me that there shouldn't be the same kinds of barriers if it's on-reserve housing that's being applied for.
Does anyone want to make any comment on that?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you to all the witnesses this morning.
Cathy, I have a quick question and then I'm going to see if there's still time, as my colleague might have another question for the witnesses.
Despite what we heard this morning from our guest from Hamilton, the thing I continually hear from developers and construction folks in Calgary is about the delays and the costs associated with municipal regulations and barriers. It seems like it's a blame game. The contractors blame municipalities. Municipalities, to some degree, blame the province. The province blames the feds, and the feds end up blaming everybody else combined, hence the accelerator fund.
The minister was here last week, and I'm not sure I got the right answer. I'd like to hear from you what municipalities can do from a measurement standpoint to see.... If this accelerator fund was designed to clear away some of the hurdles, how is it going to be measured to make sure we're actually getting there and getting value for our money?
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
View Ron Liepert Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Minister.
Since this government took over, we've heard a lot about how much money has been spent on housing. I think what has been lacking, though, are the real, detailed outcomes. I hear you as minister, and the previous minister, throwing numbers around—40,000, 30,000 and whatever—but I've never really seen where that is actually justified.
First of all, I think what you're attempting to do here with this fund is the right thing to do, because if you talk to anyone in the construction business, their number one frustration is getting through the regulations, the approvals and all of those sorts of barriers at the municipal level. Taking action to try to clear out some of those roadblocks is I think the right thing to do.
Again, I'm wondering how you plan to ensure that there are specific outcomes and specific goals achieved so that we're not just throwing more money at something when we really don't know whether, at the end, the kinds of results that we hope will be attained are actually attained.
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