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Families, Children and Social Development  Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada is committed to giving families more money to help with the high cost of raising their kids and to making a real difference in the lives of our children. That is why, in 2016, the government introduced the Canada child benefit to provide incr

June 9th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I listened carefully to the member's speech and I found it quite concerning that he was disparaging a Canada-wide early learning and child care agreement that the Alberta government signed on to, with $4 billion going to Alberta families. Those in registered child

June 8th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, an agreement could not be reached under the provisions of Standing Order 78(1) or 78(2) with respect to the report stage and third reading stage of Bill C-5, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Under the provisions of Stan

June 8th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Families, Children and Social Development  Mr. Speaker, let me start by thanking the member for Whitby, who is the hardest-working member in this House when it comes to social finance. Social purpose organizations like charities and non-profits play a key role in addressing complex social and environmental issues. They a

June 8th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, as I said, those fees should not apply if the passport is not delivered within the normal 20-day period. I will raise the matter with Service Canada again. I know Service Canada employees are working extremely hard, including evenings and weekends, to serve Canadian

June 7th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, as I have said in the House before, we are seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of passport applications. Nevertheless, people should not have to pay to have their application processed more quickly if it occurs outside normal service hours. Also, a dozen

June 7th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for the question. As we know, this is an unprecedented time, when many Canadians want to travel at the same time. Many passports expired over the past two years, and we are in the process of ensuring that Canadians can travel because we kno

June 6th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, it is really reassuring to hear the Bloc talk about Canadian passports. We are in the process of hiring more employees. Since January, 600 employees have been hired. We are now hiring another 600, and 600 Service Canada employees are being redeployed to ensure that w

June 6th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, the member knows very well that in his province of New Brunswick, we have now reduced child care fees by 50%. In fact, that leaves hundreds of dollars each month in the pockets of the mothers he is talking about. When it comes to the Canada child benefit, for a sing

June 6th, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to kids and families, our government has been there every step of the way. In 2015, we introduced the Canada child benefit, lifting 300,000 Canadians families out of poverty. In fact, in the member's riding of Brantford—Brant, families that have childre

June 2nd, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, we welcome and accept the report from the Auditor General today. We have an initiative called “Reaching All Canadians” to try to ensure that Canadians have access to the benefits they are eligible for. We have been working with third party organizations to ensure tha

May 31st, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Passport Canada  Mr. Speaker, let me just clarify it for the member. When one reads the website, it is 10-day processing for in-person services at a specialized passport office, and 96% of applicants are getting their passports within less than 10 days when they go to a specialized passport offic

May 31st, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Passport Canada  Mr. Speaker, I would encourage the member of Parliament to reach out to my office. For everyone who has done that, we have been able to ensure their passport is received in time. We are experiencing challenges, but we will continue to do everything we can to address these challen

May 31st, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Passport Canada  Mr. Speaker, I know it is frustrating for Canadians who, over the past two years, have heeded the government's instructions and stayed home. They want to travel. Around the world, countries like Canada, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and France, are seeing

May 31st, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal

Passport Canada  Mr. Speaker, we have acknowledged from the beginning that this is a challenge. These volumes are unprecedented. There are passports that are up for renewal this year, as well as from the past two years, plus additional passports for people who have never requested them before. U

May 31st, 2022House debate

Karina GouldLiberal