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Liberals propose upping value of new COVID-19 benefits to match sunsetting CERB

Sep 24 2020 — — The value of weekly benefits for unemployed workers would rise to $500 a week under legislation the Liberals introduced today. The proposal still needs parliamentary approval, but would bring the value of payments to the same level as under the soon-to-disappear Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The same floor will be placed on employment insurance benefits […]

With throne speech pledge, Liberals signal new approach on child care

Sep 24 2020 — — It was in a recent meeting with child-care experts that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland made some heads turn. For years, advocates of broader federal involvement in a provincially regulated sector have been used to hearing questions about funding, spaces and the need to help parents have daycare in order for them to work. Freeland asked […]

Parliament resumes full operations today with debate on throne speech

Sep 24 2020 — — The fate of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government hangs in the balance as Parliament resumes all normal operations today for the first time in six months. Opposition parties will give their official responses to Wednesday’s speech from the throne but they’ve already signalled that Trudeau can’t count on support from any of them […]

Parties agree on hybrid House of Commons meetings through autumn

Sep 23 2020 — — The House of Commons will sit this fall with most MPs participating by video link so they can stay physically apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez introduced a motion to set the rules for “hybrid” sittings as the Commons sat for the first time in months Wednesday afternoon. Those include having […]

Ethics watchdog dismisses conflict of interest charges against PM’s chief of staff

Sep 23 2020 — — The federal ethics watchdog has dismissed Conservative allegations of conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff and her husband. Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations are “speculative” and do not provide “a factual basis to support the belief that a contravention” of the Conflict of Interest Act may have occurred. […]