Dec 06, 2021
By Jane Brown
Opposition Members of Parliament are preparing to review the Trudeau Liberals’ latest package of pandemic aid and question Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland about a number of economic issues.
The 12-member House of Commons finance committee is scheduled to meet Monday to move the aid bill closer to a final vote before the holiday break which begins in two weeks.
As part of a compromise to fast track the legislation, the minority Liberals have agreed to have Freeland sit for at least two hours of questioning before committee members.
NDP Finance critic Daniel Blaikie says he plans to press Freeland on ways to reverse clawbacks for income tested benefits to low income seniors and families whose earnings were boosted by emergency aid.
The bill proposes a $7.4 billion revamp of benefits to send them only to workers subject to lockdowns, and rent and wage subsidies for only the most hard hit businesses through May 7th.
Benefits for parents who need to stay home with sick children and another for workers who need sick days from work, would also be extended to the spring.