House of Commons Hansard #24 of the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was peoples.

Topics

Airport IndustryOral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Michael Kram Conservative Regina—Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, three weeks ago, Westjet announced it was cancelling flights to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City. Officials at airports in Regina, Saskatoon and other mid-size airports across the country are asking themselves whether they are next. We are eight months into the pandemic and the nation's airports remain in the dark about a relief plan.

When is the minister going to stop procrastinating and deliver a real plan to save Canada's airports?

Airport IndustryOral Questions

3 p.m.

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount Québec

Liberal

Marc Garneau LiberalMinister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, it is not just the airlines that are having difficulty at the moment because there are very few passengers. That also has a knock-on effect for the airports as well. If there are not people flying, there are not people going to the airports.

We are aware of this. As I have said many times before, we are working on trying to find solutions that will ensure that those air sector services, such as airports and airlines, are there for Canadians to be able to rely on after this pandemic.

COVID-19 Emergency ResponseOral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Annie Koutrakis Liberal Vimy, QC

Mr. Speaker, we have all seen the disproportionate economic impact that COVID-19 has had on women and their businesses. We quite simply cannot allow the wealth gap between men and women to grow during this pandemic.

What measures is the federal government taking to ensure that Canadian women will not bear the economic burden of this pandemic?

COVID-19 Emergency ResponseOral Questions

3 p.m.

Outremont Québec

Liberal

Rachel Bendayan LiberalParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Vimy for her work on behalf of businesswomen in her community.

Our government has taken concrete action to support businesswomen. We recently invested an additional $15 million to help businesswomen get through the pandemic. I am referring to the women entrepreneurship strategy, which is a $5-billion investment.

Supporting businesswomen in Quebec and across Canada is a priority for our government.

Veterans AffairsOral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Colin Carrie Conservative Oshawa, ON

Mr. Speaker, in Oshawa, the Canadian Corps, the navy club, the 420 wing, the Polish Veterans' Association and other military service clubs support our local veterans, our local heroes, every single day. These service clubs play a critical role in life after service for many of our great veterans and the future of these clubs will remain uncertain without support.

With all that the service clubs do for our service members and veterans, can they expect direct support from the government so they can continue their great work, yes or no?

Veterans AffairsOral Questions

3 p.m.

Cardigan P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay LiberalMinister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my hon. colleague's concern. It has always been my priority to provide support for organizations that do so much for veterans, and that is exactly why we included $20 million in Bill C-4 to do just that.

I have worked for some of these groups over the years, but I also want to encourage Canadians to support the poppy programs, legions and other veterans organizations across the country. They are having difficulty throughout COVID. We all need to help, and our government will too.

Veterans AffairsOral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Martin Shields Conservative Bow River, AB

Mr. Speaker, last week I met virtually with Royal Canadian Legion branches in my riding like Brooks, Strathmore, Taber and Standard. They told me they were in a desperate situation. They have lost their usual sources of funding and they may have to close permanently. They feel like they have been left twisting in the wind by the government's promises.

The minister has mentioned $20 million. When will it be allocated, when will it be available and when will it be distributed to these desperate legions in Canada and in my riding?

Veterans AffairsOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Cardigan P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay LiberalMinister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleague's concern too. Of course that is why it has always been a priority for me personally to make sure the organizations that work hard for veterans are helped. As I indicated previously, that is why we included the $20 million in Bill C-4.

I have worked with these organizations. All I can do is make sure all my colleagues and Canadians across the country support these vitally important organizations that help the people who stood for our democracy around the world.

MarijuanaOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

Kyle Seeback Conservative Dufferin—Caledon, ON

Mr. Speaker, there is an issue in my riding, and it is all across the country. Licences are being granted to grow marijuana in places that are not municipally zoned to grow. I have written the Minister of Health six times over the last nine months on this issue, as has the Town of Caledon. As a response, we have heard crickets: absolutely nothing.

There is a reasonable and simple fix for this: Do not approve applicants unless they have the appropriate municipal zoning. It could be a box on the form. When will the minister take this reasonable, simple fix and implement it?

MarijuanaOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Thunder Bay—Superior North Ontario

Liberal

Patty Hajdu LiberalMinister of Health

Mr. Speaker, in fact, Health Canada works very closely with applicants and with the jurisdictions in which they apply to make sure that we understand that they will be upholding their responsibilities as applicants. As the member opposite knows, I communicate on a regular basis with many of our colleagues about applicants who are applying to Health Canada, and will continue to do so.

If the member opposite would like to forward me the name of the particular company in question, I would be happy to take a look at it.

HousingOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Fragiskatos Liberal London North Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, for those experiencing homelessness, COVID-19 presents a particular danger. Can the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development update the House about the rapid housing initiative and how it can help cities such as London? Would the minister also give specific examples of the types of projects that can be funded under the RHI?

HousingOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

York South—Weston Ontario

Liberal

Ahmed Hussen LiberalMinister of Families

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for London North Centre for his tireless advocacy on behalf of his community.

Last week, we announced the $1 billion rapid housing initiative, which will create 3,000 new affordable homes across the country. I am pleased to announce that, through the major cities stream, we will be sending $7.5 million directly to the City of London to create new affordable homes for those in the greatest need. We will also fund excellent projects in communities like London and other parts of our great country for those in need. This is the national housing strategy at work.

Post-Secondary EducationOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Lindsay Mathyssen NDP London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, when the government only temporarily suspended student loan payments at the start of the pandemic, all pre-authorized payments were cancelled without any notice. This, in turn, caused thousands of loan payments to be marked as past due when payments resumed in October, resulting in unfair additional charges for interest in an already difficult time for Canadians.

How can the government justify taking money from students and graduates as a result of its mistake, causing even more mental and financial stress?

Post-Secondary EducationOral Questions

November 2nd, 2020 / 3:05 p.m.

Waterloo Ontario

Liberal

Bardish Chagger LiberalMinister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

Mr. Speaker, when the pandemic hit, one of the first approaches our government took was to make sure we were responding to all Canadians, including students. That is why we put forward a $9 billion program to help students.

When it comes to this specific matter, I will be working closely with my colleague to ensure that we look into it and we will be able to respond to the member directly with any details. We want to ensure that students and youth have the resources and supports they need.

We are a government that will continue to focus on the health and safety of all Canadians because we know that, when it comes to COVID-19, we are not out of the woods yet. We will continue working hard on behalf of all Canadians.

Official LanguagesOral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Green

Jenica Atwin Green Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, we know that strengthening the bilingual nature of our country depends on the vitality of communities where French is the minority language.

French gives Canada a competitive edge. The immigration strategy provides that 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants will be admitted to Canada outside Quebec as permanent residents by 2023.

Will the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship tell us whether that target will indeed ensure the vitality of an official language?

Is he confident that his government will meet this target despite the pandemic?

Official LanguagesOral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence Ontario

Liberal

Marco Mendicino LiberalMinister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question.

I am very proud of the work that our government has done to attract more immigration and French-speaking immigrants. Last week, I announced that the government would be awarding additional points to French-speaking and bilingual immigration candidates. That is progress, and this is good news not just for us, but for everyone.

The House resumed from October 29 consideration of the motion.

Opposition Motion—Prime Minister's Official ApologyBusiness of SupplyGovernment Orders

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

It being 3:10 p.m., pursuant to order made on Wednesday, September 23, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of the member for Beloeil—Chambly relating to the business of supply.

Call in the members.

(The House divided on the motion, which was negatived on the following division:)

Vote #17

Business of SupplyGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

I declare the motion lost.

Business of SupplyGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Before proceeding to the next vote, we will suspend this sitting briefing in order to allow employees who provide support for the sitting to substitute each other safely.

Bills of Exchange ActGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Laurier—Sainte-Marie Québec

Liberal

Bills of Exchange ActGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Pursuant to order made on Wednesday, September 23, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the second reading stage of Bill C-5.

Bills of Exchange ActGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Liberal Ajax, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think you will find enthusiasm and unanimity to apply the result of the previous vote to this vote with Liberal members voting in favour.

Bills of Exchange ActGovernment Orders

3:50 p.m.

Conservative

Blake Richards Conservative Banff—Airdrie, AB

Mr. Speaker, Conservatives agree to apply the vote and will be voting yes.