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Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, I think we all know that children apprehended from their families do not do well. Children aging out of care do not do well. We need to keep these families together, which has been the focus as opposed to the money going to lawyers to apprehend children, agencies and n

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, I think the most important number would be that from $600 million that used to go to children and families, it is now $1.6 billion going to children. We have no intention of fighting children in court. We want to get to the table and get them what they deserve.

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, the approach of our government is to make sure that all children who were harmed by these terrible colonial policies will be compensated. However, we have also learned from the Indian residential schools and the sixties scoop that the children who had greater harm or

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, I think the member opposite understands that the class action now being certified on the 1991 post-sixties scoop up to the present day tends to be the way we sort these things out with respect to what the appropriate care is for the amount of time people were harmed an

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, with respect to the CHRT and the good work of Dr. Blackstock, I believe many good things have come out of this. With Jordan's Principle, thousands of cases are settled all the time, when zero cases had been settled in the past. This is very important. However, in the

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, the member opposite knows that we worked very hard to put in place Jordan's Principle. At the beginning, the motion that we passed in the House was only for children on reserve with multiple disabilities and where there was a squabble between the federal and the provin

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, I think the hon. member knows that our government has a very good track record on settling the childhood litigation, such as Anderson, the sixties scoop, day schools. We are doing what is right. With the compliance orders, as I explained to the member, from what was

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, the first nations, Inuit and Métis across the country are very grateful for Bill C-92. With respect to asserting jurisdiction, we have to allow that the people can assert the jurisdiction to look after its own families with the adequate funding to do that. We know that

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Mr. Chair, I will begin by acknowledging that we come together this evening on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people. This evening I would like to talk about the government's commitments to reconciliation with indigenous peoples and how items included in the suppleme

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, it is so important to all first nations, Inuit and Métis. As Murray Sinclair has said, education got us into this mess and education is going to get us out of this mess. The people on the Prairies talk about education as their buffalo, that this is the way that they

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, the situation in Winnipeg is very critical as the example of how we go forward. Even in Winnipeg it is going to be important for indigenous children and youth to see themselves in the programming to be able to speak their language and have a secure personal cultural

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, as we have gone to communities coast to coast to coast, we have seen way too many elders who had to leave their communities in order to get the kind of care they wanted. We have begun to build accessible homes and seniors' homes with the idea of assisted living, so

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, these are the first two pieces of legislation that actually incorporate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It really is about that asserting of the jurisdiction, and about Canada's responsibility to help protect those languages that are all at ri

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, I will certainly get back to the member on that. I did not see that. To the member opposite, we are on track to get all long-term boil water advisories lifted by March of 2021. We had a significant investment in the 2016 budget. We have had to top up every year, bu

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019-20  Madam Chair, to the member opposite, there is a lag from the design phase to the implementation phase and the feasibility studies. In the past, things did not work because they only had the budget for two years at a time. As soon as we were able to give a five-year budget, then t

December 9th, 2019House debate

Carolyn BennettLiberal