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Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, I am very thankful that the legislation being put forward is rooted in human rights, including advancing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes the right for children to access accessible and affordable child care grounde

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, with all due respect to the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands and her compliments to the former finance minister, I want to let her know that indigenous people are still reeling from his cuts to indigenous programs, and when she is talking about Kelowna, with a 2% ca

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, I think it goes beyond me. National child care advocates, unions and families have pushed for a not-for-profit public child care system, something that the NDP fought for and managed to get in the bill. We know that the government cannot be a feminist government,

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the Liidlii Kue First Nation’s efforts to open a women’s shelter in Fort Simpson: (a) which federal buildings has the government identified as available to the Liidlii Kue First Nation; (b) for each building in (a), what is the approximate cost to sell it to the Li

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, the suspected for-profit buyer of Lions Place, a 287-unit, non-profit seniors' housing building in Winnipeg Centre, is a company with a history of hiking rents. The province recently announced rental support for current tenants, but this is a band-aid solution that p

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, I do not think that public money should ever be used for profit. Public monies need to be used for not-for-profit, public child care spaces. We know the research shows that in early childhood education for-profit care often makes profit on the backs of children. W

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, the member has a good question. I want to reiterate that the federal government has made bilateral agreements with provinces. We are pushing for bilateral agreements with provinces that prioritize not-for-profit public spaces. This is something that Quebec is act

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, certainly I am willing to work with any party in the House that is willing to advance the human rights of children and women. Human rights should never be made a partisan issue. This has certainly been recognized by child care advocates who support feminist policy

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise today as the NDP's critic for children, families and social development to address this historic legislation, Bill C-35. Finally, after so many years of struggle, we have a national child care legislation that accompanies a system of nation

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, it is always a pleasure to work with my colleague on the status of women committee. She spoke a lot about the need for for-profit care. That was a bit concerning for me because research has shown that for-profit care is not good for workers and is paid for on the b

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act  Madam Speaker, I will start by saying how nice it was working alongside the minister in the drafting of this legislation. This is good legislation, but not perfect. One concern I have brought up many times in the House is how early childhood educators historically, and I would

January 30th, 2023House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, yesterday family members and indigenous leaders wrote an urgent request to ministers. They are asking the government to provide resources for searches of the Prairie Green and Brady landfills to find the remains of loved ones, and to invite the UN Special Rapporteur

December 14th, 2022House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is such an honour to rise today to present a petition in the House. Petition e-4095 calls on the government to address the need for an additional attachment leave benefit for families formed by adoption, kinship and customary care. This petition, brought by Juli

December 13th, 2022House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Plan, broken down by province and territory, since their respective agreements were announced: (a) how many new childcare spaces have been created; (b) how many early childhood educator jobs have been created; (c) how m

December 13th, 2022House debate

Leah GazanNDP

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Madam Chair, I want to thank my hon. colleague, not only for her intervention but for sharing her thoughts as somebody who lived in Winnipeg for a long time and knows the history of racism we deal with as indigenous people and certainly indigenous women, girls and two-spirit peop

December 7th, 2022House debate

Leah GazanNDP