Singh says he heard from many Canadians who do not qualify for the emergency benefits program, which opened this week, including those still earning a low income, students and the unemployed before the start of the pandemic.
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Singh says he is in negotiations with the Liberals and has received assurances from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the program’s shortcomings will be closed.
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But the leader of the NDP says that Trudeau could go even further and remove all the criteria to ensure that anyone who needs help can apply.
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Singh says the NDP will support the Liberal wage subsidy bill to help businesses suffering from the COVID-19 downturn, which will be debated at a special session of Parliament today.
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet says his party believes in the importance of the wage subsidy program to ensure the viability of businesses during the pandemic and said the bill will be adopted today.
He says his party has successfully negotiated some additions to the bill that will allow businesses to get help for some of their fixed costs.
Blanchet said further improvements are needed to the wage subsidy program, including for seasonal workers.
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Blanchet also expressed concern about temporary foreign workers from Mexico coming to work on Quebec farms – workers who he says are subject to less stringent quarantine criteria than residents of the province.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak to Canadians in the House of Commons later today, marking his first public appearance away from home in 26 days.
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