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COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, there was a lot in that question, so let me unpack it a bit. First, I just made clear in my speech that in fact the $500 a week would be taxed and deducted at source. We made that decision to help Canadians as they enter the next tax payment season. Quite frankly

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I have enjoyed working with my colleague on a number of these important measures to make them even better for Canadians. This legislation is about temporary measures to help Canadians get through a pandemic crisis. It is not about discarding an important conversati

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, we have done our very best to model all the disincentives to work that are in the EI system. In this legislation, workers have to be available to work. They have to be actively seeking work. They have to take job offers when it is reasonable to do so. Workers, unlike

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I am tired but I want to get my math right. The $38,000 was established by using the $24,000 average annual income of a self-employed individual plus adding the maximum amount a person can get on CERB, which is $14,000, to get to a total of $38,000.

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, in fact, earlier I stated that I had spoken with my provincial and territorial employment counterparts about this legislation, including the sickness benefits. As well, it has been part of the discussions between the first ministers and the Prime Minister and Deputy

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, the changes being made to the CERB are outside the EI program. That was out of necessity to be able to give Canadians this benefit quickly. The EI measures we have announced are temporary measures in place for a year. Our government is committed to increasing EI si

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  moved that Bill C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19, be now read the second time and referred to a committee of the whole.

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

COVID-19 Response Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to participate in the debate on Bill C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19. Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge that we are gathered this evening on unceded Algonquin territory. Bill C-4 has three parts. Part 1 creates

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, we understand how important our foreign workers are and their contribution to our efforts to combat COVID-19. Our businesses just cannot operate without our foreign workers. We have invested $60 million to keep them safe. We cannot maintain Canada's food security wi

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Government Funding  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague from Whitby for his continued advocacy on this issue. Students in vulnerable communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why I am proud to share that our government has invested $5 million in Pathways

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Proceedings on the bill entitled An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19  Mr. Speaker, after still having a bit of PTSD from my time with Phoenix, one of our number one priorities was to make sure that we could deliver for Canadians. We need systems that are reliable, efficient and can deliver quickly. We have learned a lot from our experiences with

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Proceedings on the bill entitled An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19  Mr. Speaker, we were flexible when we were developing the details of our plan six weeks ago. We understood that school was going to reopen. We did not know what that was going to look like. We did not know the August job numbers. We did not know what state the pandemic would be

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Proceedings on the bill entitled An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19  Mr. Speaker, as I said, this pandemic has really revealed the gaps in our social safety net. We have taken a more targeted approach than perhaps a basic income approach would have been. We are trying to give more to the people we thought needed it the most, particularly workers a

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Proceedings on the bill entitled An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19  Mr. Speaker, even though we have an incredibly high rate of unemployment, there are also jobs out there. There are businesses that require appropriately skilled workers, and those are the jobs I was talking about when I was talking about filling jobs. We know there is a skills m

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Proceedings on the bill entitled An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19  Mr. Speaker, in answer to those three questions, we have already started working on EI reform. We have set the stage for some very important conversations with Canadians about a new iteration of the EI system that will be more generous, more accessible and more inclusive. These

September 29th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal