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Canada Child Benefit

Hon. Percy E. Downe: I heard the Government Leader in the Senate mention the child tax benefit, which is, of course, the greatest social program in a generation. I continue to hear about the positive benefits in Prince Edward Island, particularly disproportionately for women raising children alone — single mothers. I am wondering if the government leader has the statistics about how much money has gone to Prince Edward Island since that benefit has become available. If not, could he report back to us? I understand they are kept by electoral district.

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I thank the honourable senator for the question. I would agree with his comment with respect to the child benefit benefiting, in particular, single parents.

I don’t have the numbers with me with respect to Prince Edward Island, but I will be happy to report to the honourable senator with the information as it’s provided.