Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government hopes that if it keeps piling on the paperwork, Toronto businesses will eventually forget about seeking G20 compensation and just quietly go away. Toronto businesses inside and around the G20 zone suffered millions in damages and they are not going away. It has now been a year without compensation and these folks are still suffering.
The minister claimed he is ready to move forward and expedite this, but after a year the question is, when?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I share the member opposite’s concern. Many small businesses were really affected due to the security issues surrounding the holding of the summit in Toronto.
The member opposite raised this question two weeks ago and then again last week. I asked him if there were any specific businesses that I could specifically look into on his behalf. I am very prepared to do that. I think he and my colleague, our friend from ParkdaleHigh Park, have raised a legitimate concern about the adequacy of the funding and whether the rules are too strict, and I am certainly prepared to review that.