Bloc will support Liberal bill extending wage subsidies and sending money to people with disabilities

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OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois says it will support a bill to extend the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy and make payments to people with disabilities to help cover the costs of COVID-19 at the meeting of the House of Commons Monday. In a statement, party House leader Alain Therrien said the measures proposed by the Liberal government are in line with the Bloc’s demands.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday that the Liberals wanted to provide wage supports to a wider range of businesses.

He said this should allow them to operate with more confidence in the pandemic, even if trade is slow, but said he will reduce those supports quickly throughout the fall.

Payments of up to $ 600 to people with disabilities to help reduce increased costs for things like prescriptions and deliveries were included in a bill for which the Liberals could not get any other party to vote in June .

The Bloc’s support means that the new bill is almost certain to be adopted.

According to Therrien’s statement, the Bloc would also have liked to see an end to the Canadian emergency benefit of $ 500 and political parties to forgo the wage subsidy, but that will not stand in the way of the measures taken by his party. supports.

The Speaker of the House of Commons sent an official notice of the Commons meeting Monday at noon Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 18, 2020.

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