(Ottawa) The Liberals have formally introduced the bill that will determine the fate of billions of dollars in additional support during the pandemic – and which could also determine the fate of the minority government in Ottawa.
The bill tabled in the House on Wednesday seeks to pass the spending proposed in the fall economic statement presented on Monday by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
The Liberals want to make the passage of this bill a confidence vote in the Commons, which means the minority government could fall if it does not get the support it needs in the House. If the government does not win the support of at least one opposition party, Canada will be in the midst of an election campaign.
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre has said his party will carefully read the bill to make sure it is in line with what the government claims.
Monday’s economic statement – an “update” to government spending – called for just over $ 25 billion in new money to supplement and expand existing programs. The government also wants to create a program that would offer low-interest loans, up to 1 million, to entrepreneurs hardest hit by the pandemic, especially in the tourism, culture or regional aviation sectors, with a special touch for smaller companies.
The Liberals are also promising, starting next year, up to $ 1,200 per child under six for low- and middle-income families who qualify for the Canada child benefit.