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Finance committee  Targeted day care. I think there's wide support in the country for day care. The question is are we going to give it to wealthy lawyers or accountants or professors...?

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  The second is I think that we've got to revisit the CERB and make sure it is not a penalty on employers. I'm talking to too many employers who are finding that the CERB is preventing people from returning to work, because—I'm sorry that people will be upset at this—there are not

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  Thank you. As you know, there's a lot of discussion on this right now, and that's why I focused on the universal question. There are discussions about universal pharmacare, and there were discussions up until a week ago about a universal guaranteed annual income. I think it is

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  I agree. Airlines would be at the top of the list, and oil and gas. I don't think we should allow—I've said this in some of my public comments—ideology, which is the word I'm using, to say that some industries are somehow inappropriate because they are, in the view of some people

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. Thank you for inviting me to appear before the finance committee concerning the most momentous budget to be delivered in modern times in Canada at the federal level. Here are my three disclosures: First, I do not consult to anyone anywhere. Secon

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  That's Professor Mintz's domain. He has published more peer-reviewed...I'm sorry, I read my literature. I read deeply because I'm a professor so I have the time. He has published on that subject more than any other Canadian, period.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  I'll be very quick. I published, in How Ottawa Spends, I think the definitive account of the Liberal government's downsizing, 1995-98 with—full disclosure—the help of two anonymous, very wonderful public servants who fed me extraordinary amounts of data. To answer the question,

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  Thank you, Chair. I thank the finance committee for the invitation to appear, but first, here are my disclosures, which are standard. I do not have any conflicts of interest because I don't consult or have any investments of any kind anywhere. Secondly, I don't belong to or dona

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  I was invited before the Pearson Institute, I think in January, and I gave a paper on this. I also published an op-ed on this. I fully acknowledge the criticism of critics of my position who say, “Look, the federal government is wealthy, and it's very strong fiscally”, which it i

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  If I understood your question, I think you're asking whether a targeted pharmacare program would contradict our universal general health care system.

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  I'm sorry. I see.

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  It's an excellent question, and I've been asked it several times: Am I not contradicting myself? My response has been the following. Every major poll I've looked at over my adult lifetime in Canada—I've lived here all my life—shows that support by Canadians runs literally 85% t

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  Okay. I will slow down a bit then. Let's just drill into those numbers—the 10% to 20%. We know that they are not poor, to use very blunt, direct English, and we know that they are not old, i.e., over 65—nobody should be offended; I'm not and I'm over 65. We know that because the

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Finance committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. I thank the finance committee for inviting me. First, here are my disclosures, because I'm an individual: I don't consult directly or indirectly with any corporation, association, NGO, union, government or person anywhere. Second, I don't have any investme

May 15th, 2019Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'm answering; I'm not ducking your question at all. I do not believe that the voter registration card—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Ian Lee