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COVID-19 Emergency Response  Mr. Speaker, this is Small Business Week, and SMEs are vital for our recovery and the best way to boost the economy. Small businesses in my riding of Vimy have been hit hard by the pandemic, but even so, many of them have bravely stood on the front lines during this time. Can th

October 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Republic of Cypress  Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to mark the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cypress. As this is my first statement as a member of Parliament since my election, I am honoured to stand in the House to celebrate this important day. Canada and Cypress

October 1st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Child Care  Mr. Speaker, women play an extremely important role in the Canadian workforce. However, many women are struggling to go back to work while they continue to assume the responsibility for child care. We understand that if women do not return to work there will be no recovery after

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I know that the CEWS has supported over three million employees by helping them stay in their workforces or return to work. I am not certain whether at this moment we are looking to see whether we are able to give retroactive payments or not, but I am certain this go

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, our government is listening actively and working with various partners to make sure that no one is left behind. Certainly, we should not forget our veterans. As we all know, this is the first time we are dealing with this. The disability act should have been debated

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my esteemed colleague from the Standing Committee on Finance for his question. I honestly do not know the details. I do not know if it is taxable or not, but I will find out and get back to him.

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I am part of the finance committee, and we have heard time and time again through our witnesses that there will be no recovery unless we have affordable and proper child care. Our government is committed to that. I know that our various ministers have been working ve

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, since the beginning of the pandemic, our government has followed the guidance of public health officials. Governments across Canada put lockdown measures in place to slow the spread of the virus and ensure that our health care systems were well prepared. The lockdow

July 21st, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the investing in Canada plan is an unprecedented $180-billion program to upgrade our infrastructure across the country. This plan represents the largest such investment in our national economy and environment, more than doubling existing funding. Now more than ever t

July 20th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, for many students, the jobs they were counting on to help pay for their education in the fall have disappeared. For others, the career they were looking to start after their graduation has been postponed. Our government was there to support young Canadians when it a

June 17th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, in regard to the Phoenix pay system, we are seeing a continuous reduction in the backlog of cases. The supplementary estimates list an amount of $203.5 million for the government pay system. Why is this funding necessary if the backlog is consistently being reduced?

June 17th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, what are we doing with these allocations to ensure that public servants are being paid accurately and on time, while also resolving the queue of cases?

June 17th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, can the minister tell us what the funding for pay services will go toward? What will be the benefit of these funds?

June 17th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Labour  Mr. Speaker, all Canadians know that maintaining a proper work-life balance can often be difficult. In my riding of Vimy, families in Laval work hard to balance the demands of work, family, and mental, physical and emotional health. Canadians want the government to reflect on th

February 27th, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, Quebec's aluminum workers are envied throughout the world for their know-how, talent and expertise. They play a very important role in our economy, in Quebec and across the country. Could the minister please tell Canadians what our government is doing to ensure a cl

February 3rd, 2020House debate

Annie KoutrakisLiberal