I’d like to speak to the subject raised earlier by Ms. Vaillant. Although the medical aspect of neurological conditions is quite interesting, this is a matter of provincial jurisdiction. I would like to know what the federal government can do to help those who suffer from a neurological condition or their caregiver families.
Ms. Vaillant mentioned earlier that there is a non-refundable family caregiver tax credit. She believes, as does her organization, that this credit should be refundable.
I’d like to ask other committee members if they agree, particularly in view of the fact that, as she mentioned in her brief presentation, 80% of individuals living with multiple sclerosis are unable to work and thus suffer a loss of revenue. Obviously, if the spouse is the caregiver, he or she must take time off from work to do so.
The NDP is aware that low-income families and even middle-class families cannot benefit from the tax credit. I would therefore ask other members if they agree that the family caregiver tax credit should be non-refundable.