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Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Madam Speaker, the reality is that the wage subsidy program has assisted in wage subsidies for close to three million Canadians. That has literally saved hundreds of thousands of jobs and has provided the opportunity for many employers to keep the employees they had, as opposed t

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Madam Speaker, we continue to work with different levels of government. Whether it is the New Democratic government in B.C., Conservative or Liberal governments in Atlantic Canada or the governments in the Territories, we continue to work with stakeholders in municipalities: indi

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Madam Speaker, the government has, in fact, been investing in Canada's small businesses, whether it is through working with financial institutions for loans or through the wage subsidy program. The legislation that we are debating today would assist in making some of the changes

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, when we talk about substance versus style, I am afraid you would not provide me the amount of time that would be required for me to address the member's statement, especially if we want to compare this government to the previous government. The substance has been ple

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, this is a substantial piece of legislation that would bring in new support for individuals with disabilities. It makes significant changes to the wage subsidy program, a program that has, I would argue, saved millions of jobs. It has allowed employers to continue to

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Mr. Speaker, the member has not responded to my colleague in a fully accurate way. The Bloc, the New Democrats and the Conservatives were provided an opportunity not that long ago to give their unanimous consent. Unanimous consent is often given for a wide variety of bills, not

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand.

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, I am rising to address the question of privilege raised yesterday by the member for Regina—Qu'Appelle. I would note that this matter was previously raised in a meeting of the committee of the whole on July 8. The member raised concerns about the Prime Minister's res

July 21st, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Consular Affairs  Madam Speaker, the Government of Canada remains deeply concerned about the ongoing detention of Mr. Celil. As with all cases of Canadian citizens detained abroad, our officials have repeatedly sought consular access to determine Mr. Celil's well-being. While Canada has submitted

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Consular Affairs  Madam Speaker, I would first like to thank members of the standing committee and those who have taken the time to present and share their thoughts on this very important issue. Huseyin Celil is a Canadian citizen. As the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have co

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Ethics  Madam Speaker, just to emphasize, the member opposite is focused on trying to blame the Bloc for voting with the Liberals to prevent something from a previous election coming before a House of Commons standing committee. This is the same Bloc that often votes with the Conservativ

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Ethics  Madam Speaker, at times I wonder if the member goes to bed at night trying to influence his dreaming capabilities so he can raise some sort of issue with the government of the day that he can put a negative spin on. I was reviewing the question the member posed that ultimately le

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Madam Speaker, the member made reference extensively with respect to parliamentary process. One of the things we have witnessed over the last number of months is more questions than have previously been asked. In fact, today we are sitting during the summer. We have had four regu

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  Madam Speaker, the last thing I would want to do is to give the impression I know everything about all things.

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Further COVID-19 Measures Act  I do not know the details the member is referencing, but what I can tell the House is that as a government, we have been developing programs that have been to the benefit of Canadians as a whole. There has been special targeting of seniors, and now individuals with disabilities.

July 20th, 2020House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal