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Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. We all agree with Émilie Sansfaçon. Her courage is truly remarkable. We have made a number of significant changes to the EI system over the past four years and we are continuing to improve it. In our platform, we promised to i

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, of course I sympathize, and my heart goes out to everyone suffering from cancer and other illnesses that impact their lives and their ability to earn their livelihoods and provide for their families. We do have to update this law. It has been way too long. I happe

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, my thanks to my colleague for his question. By way of clarification, this is a first step for our government. The benefits period was 15 weeks and we have increased it to 26 weeks. We are really open to the discussion about how to improve the employment insurance s

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I can assure everyone that this conversation is long overdue. Our government has invested significantly in ameliorating the entirety of the EI system, and this is indeed the next step forward. We know that there is always more we can do, and we intend to do it.

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question. I want to assure the House that this is a first step. We are committed to improving employment insurance benefits. In our platform, we committed to providing 26 weeks of benefits. That is what the Canadian Cancer Society and

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, for a number of years, and before and during the election, we heard from such organizations as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and even the Conference Board of Canada that 15 weeks was not enough. Almost 36%, a third, of Canadi

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, today we are talking about the Canadian value of how we take care of each other when we are sick. We are talking about improvements to the employment insurance sickness benefit. On average, people who claimed sickness benefits in fiscal year 2017-18 used 10 weeks

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to start by saying that our hearts are with Émilie Sansfaçon. She is incredibly brave, and we thank her for taking the time to come to Ottawa to meet with me and the Prime Minister to explain just how serious this situation is. We understand that it is very

February 18th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment Insurance  Madam Speaker, the stories of neighbours helping one another, and our brave first responders working tirelessly to clear the snow and support those who lost power, exemplify the spirit and resilience of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our government took immediate actio

February 7th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment Insurance  Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order to offer a clarification stemming from question period on Wednesday, on the relationship between the RCMP and the Wet'suwet'en people. It is true that the Government of British Columbia has contracted services to the RCMP, similar to ma

February 7th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment  Madam Speaker, of course, I will meet with my colleague. We know that workers are needed across Canada. There are a lot of jobs here. I am very happy, because today we announced that 34,000 new jobs were created in January 2020. That brings the total to 1.1 million jobs created

February 7th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Scarborough—Agincourt for her dedication to Canada summer jobs. Canada's prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the education and the experience that they need to succeed. That is why Canada summer jobs is such an important part of our

February 4th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, we recognize how valuable the Canada summer jobs program is to employers, community organizations and, indeed, to young people across the country. We are really excited that we doubled the number of opportunities for young people three years ago and we are continuing

January 28th, 2020House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, I repeat, we know what a burden student loans put on Canadian students as they enter the workforce, and we are taking steps to make sure that we lessen that burden. That is why we are committed to increasing the grace period for repayment to two years and increasing

December 6th, 2019House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, we know that education is vital to succeeding in our workforce. We are investing in Canadians so they reach their full potential. We started by giving students more support through Canada student grants. We expanded the eligibility for student loans and grants. We in

December 6th, 2019House debate

Carla QualtroughLiberal