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Third Reading, Appropriation Bill No. 5, 2020-21

Honourable senators, I would like to thank Senator Gagné for her comments on Bill C-17. In this bill, the government is requesting $21 billion. However, Supplementary Estimates (B), which support this bill, also outline $59 billion in statutory spending. This $59 billion in statutory spending has already been approved by existing legislation. For example, $29 billion for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, or CERB, was approved by the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act, ena…
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Third Reading, Appropriation Bill No. 4, 2020-21

Honourable senators, Bill C-16 is the final instalment of the Main Estimates funding for government departments and agencies for this fiscal year. The Main Estimates, which were tabled in March, sets out $125 billion in voted expenditures. Departments and agencies have already received about nine twelfths of their Main Estimates funding in two previous supply bills. This is the final instalment of Main Estimates funding in the amount of $26 billion. The amount provided to each entity varies fr…
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Third Reading - Bill C-9, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy)

Honourable senators, I appreciate the opportunity to speak to Bill C-9. I would like to start by thanking Senator Duncan, Senator Smith and Senator Klyne for their comments on the bill, and also Senator Mockler for his comments on the committee report. My comments will be brief. Bill C-9 amends two COVID-19 programs: the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy program. The wage subsidy program was initially established for a 12-week period starting March 15,…
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Third Reading - Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures. Honourable senators, Bill C-20 is comprised of three parts. Part one revises the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program. Part two provides for a payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to COVID-19. Part three provides for legislative changes for flexibility in certain time limits or periods that are difficult or impossible to meet as a result of COVID-19. …
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Third Reading, Appropriation Bill No. 3, 2020–21

Honourable senators, I was listening to Senator Plett, and I was thinking, thank goodness I’m not saying the same thing as Senator Plett. I have some new material, so bear with me. I’m going to give you some numbers first — and I know you won’t be surprised to hear that — and talk about supplementary estimates, and relate it back to Minister Duclos and what he was saying when he was in the chamber on Tuesday. The supplementary estimates include $87 billion in new spending, of which, $6 billion…
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Third Reading, Appropriation Bill No. 2, 2020–21

Honourable colleagues, I don’t have a prepared speech, but I do have a few comments. You’ll have to forgive me; I will be talking about a lot of numbers. For those of you who don’t know my background, I was a Grade 4 teacher, so I feel I am going back and teaching a bit of arithmetic. Before I begin with my numbers, I would like to thank Senator Gold for his comments. He was the sponsor of the bill, and I am the critic. I want to say a few words. I will start back in February of this year, whe…
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