Trudeau blasts Conservatives for halting passage of emergency aid bill

The blame game has started in the nation’s capital after MPs failed to give the unanimous consent needed to swiftly pass the government’s latest emergency aid bill.

This morning from an Ottawa business, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted he was disappointed following a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday night.

Trudeau responded to questions about not getting consent in Parliament for the latest pandemic related bill.

“We’re still committed to doing these things and we will work very hard to get this help to people with disabilities. But it’s going to be harder because opposition parties chose to play politics instead of working together,” suggested Trudeau.

The bill, which included a one-time, tax-free benefit of up to $600 for disabled Canadians, is now in limbo.

“The Conservatives refused to even allow the House to debate this legislation, never mind voting for or against it,” added Trudeau. “All other parties agreed and it was only the Conservatives who stood in the way.”

The bill has a proposed expansion of the wage subsidy program which groups seasonal workers and other additional businesses into the mix. There are also proposed penalties for Canadians who make fraudulent claims with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.


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