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June 5th 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I want to continue along the same line that my colleague has just started to help us understand, and I probably will have to go on second round because I have more than my five minutes. To my understanding, on top of insuring the mortgage, CMHC will also have an equity in the mortgage. Is it typical to have the insurer of the mortgage also have an equity in it? Mr. Sample: Thank you for your question. Just to clarify, there are three mortgage insurers in Canada currently. The…
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June 3rd 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I have a couple of questions. How much funding will your national advisory council on poverty require to establish on a yearly basis going forward? Has that been determined? Ms. Sheehy: No additional money that has been identified for the national advisory committee, but funding to support the committee will be provided through Employment and Social Development Canada. Senator Poirier: There is no yearly target. Ms. Sheehy: There is no additional money in the budget for that.…
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May 30th 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Minister Ahmed Hussen and Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Can you give me an idea on the timeline for how long it is going to take for Division 15 to be fully implemented? Mr. Hussen: I’ll let my officials take that. Senator Poirier: I can come back and save my time for the minister. Section 3 of Division 15 of the bill provides that the Governor-in-Council may designate any federal minister to be the minister responsible for the CICCA. Why has your government decided not to designate a federal minister to be responsible? Mr. Husse…
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May 29th 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Minister Bill Blair and Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: My first question is for ICCRC. I’m looking for clarity when it comes to the transition. The bill contains two scenarios: Either you would be continued as a college or discontinued completely to have a stand-alone college. Why would the bill not be clear and have your institution incorporate the modification, and wouldn’t that be more cost- and time-efficient? Mr. Murray: To answer your second question, yes, it would be more cost- and time-efficient. The only reason of which we…
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May 15th 2019 - Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here and for your presentations. My question is for Mr. Godin. Over the couple of meetings we’ve had on Bill C-83, we’ve heard different stories and different people explain about administrative segregation and what it is. Could you walk me through a day in segregation, as you understand it? How does it work on the ground for the correctional officers and for the inmates? Explain in your view what is a day in segregation. Mr. Godin: Sure. I can relate…
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May 9th 2019 - Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you again for being here. I have a couple of questions. First, in your comments, Ms. Majury, you mentioned at one point that you felt that with Bill C-83, more women would be going to SIU. Can you explain to me why you think there would be more women going there than what’s happening now? Ms. Majury: Again, it’s being used to capture a wider range of issues, including mental health issues. When we see these kinds of changes that sometimes have the label of “improvement,”…
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May 8th 2019 - Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act - Minister Ralph Goodale and Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here. I have a couple of questions. On March 20, before the Human Rights Committee, Mr. Jason Godin from the correction officers’ union testified, and he commented on the impact that the new commissioner’s directives on segregation, specifically CD-709 and CD-843, have on the institutional safety. I’d like to quote a very short quote that he said at that day. Many of the inmates currently managed within segregation units are highly vulnerable and are segreg…
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May 1st 2019 - Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here. My first question is for Mr. Folino. It is a follow-up to Senator Eaton. You mentioned that when you go to the doctor you call a bunch of different access centres, they set up the appointment for you in advance, and when you get to the doctor there is somebody there who can provide sign-language interpretation so that you will be able to speak to your doctor. Being from a small community in rural New Brunswick, I was just wondering what the servic…
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April 11th 2019 - Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I had three questions but two have been addressed, so I am down to one. The minister last week told us that $185.7 million of the total funding for the $290 million was allocated to establish the new bodies and positions proposed in the bill. This amount will be spent on administrative cost, apparently. As you know, everyone wants an accessible Canada, but my concern is the use of the funding, we want to make sure that the funding is used the right way. So I just want to hear,…
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April 10th 2019 - Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here and for your presentations. I leave it to you to decide who is to answer my first question because I think it touches everyone. Bill C-81 proposes that all complaints would be handled by the four organizations. Will the organizations’ way to handle the complaints change under the proposed legislation? Would Bill C-81 provide a better way of handling complaints, in your opinion? Ms. Landry: The approach we have adopted at the Canadian Human Rights C…
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