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Finance committee  Thank you, Chair. GlobalMedic is a registered charity that has run 220 missions in 73 countries and delivered life-saving aid to 3.4 million people. When the COVID pandemic began, we turned our full attention to helping Canadians. We deployed our critical infrastructure tenting

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  Sure. No problem. We delivered aid across the country and worked with hundreds of local charities. On April 21 the government announced a $350-million fund that was programmed through three large partners to help the charitable sector. While this is a well-intentioned idea, it

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  On the mechanisms that I was referring to, do you mean the $350 million or the other two grants?

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  So the summer jobs and WE Charity.

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  I was saying about the summer jobs program that when we were in discussions and asking for additional jobs, we had a response from Service Canada that said we could only apply for jobs in Etobicoke—Lakeshore because that's where our riding base was, even though we were saying we

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  One would actually have competition, where different groups would be submitting their ideas and you could actually evaluate value for money. You may have noticed in my testimony, when I was talking about programming large amounts of money through single groups, that you do that b

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  I think, respectfully, that the federal public service is excellent at this work, and if they were just given more opportunity to actually program directly, charities could just deal with them directly and lose that middle layer. What would happen is that more funds would go into

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  They are. I would also like to respond to your comment.

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  First of all, the government is doing its best. I understand that. You have great intentions in getting programs out. The concerns I'm raising are about efficacy and doing things better. We're in the long haul of a fight here. We're not at the end of this fight. Chances are that

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  You're not wrong in using the contribution agreements—that's fine—but you have to evaluate the efficacy of the contribution agreements. Frankly, Peter, you've just proven my point. You've given Ms. Senior's group $13 million, $3 million of which she's programmed, and she just t

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  In April, the government announced $350 million to be programmed by three charities: the Red Cross, the United Way, which is called Centraide in Quebec, and—

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  Thanks for the question. I'm going to try to bite my tongue here. I think there's some—

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  I think there's some inefficiency in process. I was talking about programming too much big money through big partners and offloading liability from government by saying, “Listen, simply re-program the money in April,” because people like you can come back and ask, “How come that

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  Number one, we started asking government to let us be part of this program back in April and we heard nothing. I explained to you the steps we took with that. On June 15, we received an email from the WE organization asking us if we'd be interested. On June 17, we had a conferenc

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh

Finance committee  We have. We've gone back to Minister Chagger's office. To their credit, they were very quick in responding. A director of policy or a director of stakeholders responded and said that the government, ESDC, was going to take over and would be in touch. Now it's been a few weeks and

July 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Rahul O. Singh