Madam Speaker, it is essential. COVID-19 upended so many myths about our national economy.
Within two weeks of the shutdown, people did not have enough money to pay their rent. To get through what will be a very hard winter, the federal government has the tools and the power to play a huge role, working with the provinces. We need to say to Canadians that we will get them through to the other side.
That other side has to be a better Canada. We are going to spend unprecedented amounts of money. It needs scrutiny. We need to ensure it is going to the right places. We need to be there and show that we can work together at this time. This crisis has been unlike anything we have ever seen since the Second World War or the Great Depression.
I am encouraging my colleagues to work together so we can do this.