Entertainment 240,000 Canadians applied for new coronavirus benefit on 1st day, Trudeau says
Liberals Haven't Consulted With Opposition Parties On Throne Speech
OTTAWA — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to avoid a fall election, he hasn’t sought the opposition’s ideas for what to include in his minority government’s renewed agenda. Trudeau told reporters outside the cabinet’s in-person two-day retreat in Ottawa that the Liberals have been engaging with the opposition parties throughout the crisis. “They have made public their reflections around what they would like to see going forward. We’ve been engaging them on multiple levels, we will continue to engage,” he said. “I think it is important for Canadians to see their different orders of government working together.
More than 240,000 Canadians applied for a new federalrelief program that kicked off Monday, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Speaking at a media conference on Tuesday, Trudeau gave an update about the program, called the, which replaced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
Trudeau Says He Doesn’t Want Election, But Denies Campaign Would Be ‘Reckless’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Wednesday that the Liberals do not want a federal election, but pushed back at the notion that holding another campaign now would be “reckless” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing reporters in Ottawa at the end of a two-and-a-half-day cabinet retreat, Trudeau was asked if he thought it would be irresponsible under the circumstances for opposition parties to reject his government’s speech from the throne and trigger another election. “I think it’s irresponsible to say that an election would be irresponsible. Our country and our institutions are stronger than that.
This program aims to help workers who are not eligible for employment insurance (EI) or one of the other new recovery benefits. To be eligible for the CRB, you must have either stopped working due to COVID-19 or have seen your income drop by at least half.
The new benefit will provide $500 weekly for up to 26 weeks and will be paid in two-week batches.
The program launched Monday, but had some glitches, according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
“Earlier today the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) experienced technical issues with applications for Recovery Benefits. The technical issues have now been resolved and application to the Recovery Benefits has now been restored,” a CRA spokesperson said in an email to Global News on Monday.
Loan program for Canada’s biggest companies ‘ineffective,’ experts say
Unifor national president Jerry Dias said the LEEFF program has been largely 'ineffective,' adding that it was introduced too late into the pandemic. "A lot of the carnage had already been done," Dias said. "Most employers had already laid off (employees) and made major, major cutbacks to their operations." What's more, with LEEFF offering interest loans of five per cent in the first year, and eight per cent the following year, Dias said most large companies "have opportunities to grab capital elsewhere through commercial means. "And so that's what they've done.
“Taxpayers may now resume their applications.”
CRB is one of the three new benefit programs Ottawa rolled out in the aftermath of CERB to cover workers who don’t have access to EI.
The federal government also released a Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) for parents taking care of children who can’t go to daycare or school and a Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) for those who don’t have paid sick leave.
The federal government anticipates 700,000 Canadians will apply for the caregiver benefit.
An estimated 4.7 million Canadians were receiving CERB in August. The recovery package ran out on Oct. 3.
Trudeau says Alberta government fanning the flames of ‘political division’ .
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about political division, COVID-19, Alberta's economy and the confidence in his own government while appearing on 630 CHED.Appearing on 630 CHED Mornings, Trudeau pointed to the recent backlash against the single-use plastics ban in Alberta as one example.