SENATE GIVES QUICK APPROVAL TO NEW ROUND OF PANDEMIC AID

Dec 17, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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The Senate has given quick approval to a new round of pandemic aid.

It did so Thursday after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland made a pre-Christmas plea to rubber-stamp the help and promised that benefits would flow quickly to businesses and workers in need.

Bill C2 provides targeted aid to businesses that are ordered closed and to workers sent home, as part of a local lockdown, as well as wage and rent subsidies to those still recovering from previous pandemic restrictions.

Freeland says the government created the measures in case of another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing they’re needed even more with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

The House of Commons voted to fast-track the legislation to the upper chamber as one of its final acts before MPs agreed to leave the national capital for a winter break that will run until the end of January.

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