Sunday , January 24 2021

Federal Economic Statement | A vote of confidence ahead

(Ottawa) The day after the federal economic statement was tabled, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that it would be the subject of a vote of confidence, and he said he hoped the opposition would not plunge the country in election. And to his provincial and territorial counterparts, he assured that he was ready to talk about the health transfer, even if the statement does not mention it.

Once again, the survival of the minority Liberal government is at stake. For a bill stemming from the document presented to the House of Commons on Monday by the Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, has been placed on the order paper.

The legislative measure could thus be tabled in the coming days, and since the proposals it contains are of a fiscal nature, it will engage the confidence of members of the House of Commons, confirmed Prime Minister Trudeau.

“It’s a fall statement; these are economic measures which, of course, will be the subject of a vote of confidence, ”he pleaded at a press conference at the lectern installed in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage on Tuesday.

“But I have a reasonable confidence that none of the opposition parties want an election right now. We certainly don’t want one. We want to give Canadians the help they need, ”continued Justin Trudeau.

And furthermore, according to him, “there are certainly things in this fall economic statement that every party should be able to support.”

In opposition to play

Last October, the Bloc members voted against the Speech from the Throne, angry at not having read any commitment in the text concerning health transfers.

Since the document presented by Chrystia Freeland does not contain any, does the same logic apply?

At a press conference on Tuesday, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, said he wanted to study the bill before saying whether he intends to withdraw his confidence in the Liberals.


Yves-Francois Blanchet

He did not hesitate to shoot an arrow at the New Democratic Party (NDP), which avoided the fall of the government by voting for the Speech from the Throne.

“We ensured the NDP vote by leaving the wage subsidy [pour les partis] “, Quipped the Bloc leader.

Shortly after the Freeland statement was tabled, all parties found cause for criticism on Monday.

“There are going to be conversations”

Prime Minister Trudeau signaled that the failure to mention an increase in health transfers in the statement did not mean he would arrive empty-handed to his meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts on December 10.

For now, Ottawa promises to make a transfer of up to $ 1 billion to provinces and territories for their long-term care facilities, but the money is tied to setting national standards for these centers.

“This funding will be conditional on the presentation of detailed expenditure plans allocated in an equal amount per inhabitant, provided that the administration in question demonstrates that its investments were in accordance with the expenditure plans”, we read in particular in the statement economic.

The premiers of the provinces and territories have already signaled that they intend to make the increase in the CHT a major issue at this meeting.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc did not refer to it explicitly when confirming the date of the summit meeting Monday night on Twitter.

On the agenda: “common fight against COVID-19”, “strengthening of health care” as well as “logistics and [la] vaccine distribution ”, enumerated the minister.

In Quebec on Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, insisted that it was “unacceptable” that the Trudeau government persists in wanting to impose a line of conduct for CHSLDs.

Liberal-conservative contrast

In his speech, Justin Trudeau was careful to establish a contrast between the way out of the crisis he proposed and that piloted by his predecessor, Stephen Harper.

“We all remember what happened when the previous government withdrew support too quickly during the 2008-2009 crisis,” he said.

“We’re not going to do that. We will stay there for the middle class and those working hard to join it. We will do whatever it takes, as long as it takes, ”he said.

The Prime Minister found another opportunity to criticize the Conservatives by responding to the media.

He did so by dodging a question about the promise to write a check of up to $ 1,200 for each child under six for low- and middle-income families who qualify for the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

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