Trudeau and Liberals survive throne speech confidence vote with NDP backing
If approved, the committee would hold hearings to review and examine all aspects of the Liberal government’s spending in response to the pandemic.
The programs specifically mentioned in the motion that would be considered are the Canada Student Services Grant, the Canada Emergency Wage Grant and the purchase of personal protective equipment.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and other ministers and senior officials would be “ordered to appear as witnesses from time to time, as the committee deems appropriate” , indicates the motion.
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Parliamentarians asked Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux’s office for details on various spending measures, prompting the PBO this month to warn about missing details regarding emergency loans, guarantees and deferrals of over $ 400 billion granted by Crown corporations. There is so little information about them that it is difficult to estimate what their final cost will be, according to the PBO.
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The NDP motion will come a day after the party backed the Liberals in a confidence vote on the government’s Speech from the Throne. All the other parties voted against the Liberals, who still got enough votes to avoid a federal election.
The NDP also joined with the Liberals in blocking a Conservative motion to probe the WE Charity case ahead of a study into why the Liberals prorogued Parliament in August.
The government must submit a report within 20 sitting days to the procedure and House affairs committee explaining why the August prorogation was necessary.
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The Conservatives have argued that there is a clear connection between the parliamentary reset and the issue, accusing the Liberals of proroguing Parliament to halt several committee inquiries into the controversy.
NDP MP Rachel Blaney said that while the public sees a connection between the WE affair and prorogation, she has issues with the Tory motion.
Despite this, the NDP has said it too wants a more in-depth look at the charity deal with the WE, which was linked to the Canada Student Services Grant.
—With files from the Canadian Press
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