Liberals survive confidence vote as COVID-19 aid bill passes unanimously


Parliament unanimously passed Bill C-4 – legislation authorizing new benefits for workers unemployed or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The vote, seen as a confidence-building measure, won the support of the most antagonistic parties, the Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives, dropping 306-0.

The bill seeks to replace the now defunct Canada Emergency Response Benefit of $ 500 per week, which ended last weekend after helping nearly 9 million Canadians overcome the effects of the pandemic.

Earlier on Tuesday, Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said in a tweet that because creating the benefits is central to the government’s plan to respond to the second wave of the pandemic, it would be the subject of ‘a vote of confidence.

The bill introduces a series of new COVID-19 benefits for Canadians to ease their transition away from the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

“We are in the [second] wave of # COVID-19, but we have a plan. Our bill on sick leave and family assistance is at the heart of it. We will view the vote on the legislation as a matter of confidence, ”Rodriguez tweeted.

“Canadians cannot wait. We have to move forward. Together. “

The bill establishes three new benefits for Canadians who will not be eligible for Employment Insurance but who are still affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

They include the Canada Recovery Benefit for the Self-Employed and Small-Worked, Extended Sick Leave and a Caregiver Allowance for workers who must stay home to care for a child or another. dependent because their school, daycare or other day care facility has been closed due to COVID.


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