fbpx
Connect with us

News

Committee slows down Liberal spending plans

Bill C-2 proposes $7.4 billion in new spending. Measures include up to 75% subsidies for employers affected by local lockdowns and a $300 weekly Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit for workers who lose employment income when businesses are shuttered.

mm

Published

on

Opposition members of the Commons finance committee are trying to slow the Liberals’ plan to spend $7.4 billion more in pandemic relief, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Too much has already been spent too quickly without oversight or auditing, the committee was told.

“We requested from the government in writing they do a full audit and investigation and there’s been no agreement from the government to do that,” said Conservative MP Jake Stewart (Miramichi-Grand Lake, N.B.).

“Now they’re trying to shovel this through as fast as they can when the whole country is wondering where those pandemic benefits went to. It’s not fair to Canadians to spend a few short days on billions of dollars.”

Bill C-2 proposes $7.4 billion in new spending. Measures include up to 75% subsidies for employers affected by local lockdowns and a $300 weekly Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit for workers who lose employment income when businesses are shuttered.

Liberal MPs had proposed the finance committee hear all witnesses, complete all questions and move to a line-by-line review of the bill by December 10.

“This is another $7 billion of expenditures,” said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.).

“The 10th is Friday. So we basically get less than a week. Today’s gone. We’re getting three days for $7 billion of new spending.

“Let’s study this legislation, make sure there is no opportunity for abuse. We don’t want to waste another $100 million, $200 million, a billion dollars on mismanagement or fraud. Let’s go through it with a fine-tooth comb and let’s make sure the legislation actually does what the politicians say it does.”

The committee by a 6-5 vote accepted a Conservative motion to veto the Friday deadline.

“Yes, it is quick,” said Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport, Ont.). “

“It is not meant in any way to fool anyone. I do not agree that we are trying to ram through this legislation.”

There was “nothing hidden in this legislation,” she added.

Liberal MP Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre, Ont.) said it was important to pass the bill quickly.

“We risk not getting this legislation passed in a timely manner,” said Baker.

“I do think these benefits are critical to those who are struggling or will be struggling in the future, whether that be individuals or businesses. As you can see from the legislation, the supports for individuals and businesses that are proposed here are for those who are really facing tremendous hardship.”

However, New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, Man.) said he was told by one Department of Finance official the key portion of the bill, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act, was so narrowly defined no Canadian would benefit.

“The government has designed a benefit that applies to no one,” said Blaikie.

“No one currently is waiting for the help under the criteria of the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. It doesn’t apply anywhere in the country at the moment. It has not applied anywhere in the country since October 23. Members of the committee ought to know that.”

MPs have sought audits of 2020 spending under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act that went more than three times over budget. The program intended to pay $2,000 per month to jobless taxpayers facing eviction or foreclosure and was budgeted at $24 billion at a cost of $81.6 billion.

“There is no doubt that when creating a program as quickly as we did, there is going to be some abuse of that program,” Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), parliamentary secretary to the Government House Leader, told the Commons November 29.

Continue Reading
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dennis

    December 7, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Get rid of all the stupid covid rules, let people get back to work. Put the politicians and Health officials who created this mess in jail.
    Problems solved. What’s so bloody hard to figure that out?

  2. Left Coast

    December 7, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Long past time for this Covid Scam to end . . . it is quite Obvious to ALL now that the Govt has no clue and cannot protect you.

    This Dr. has a different take . . .

    COVID shots intended to reduce world’s population by poisoning ‘billions’: South African doctor

    Dr. Shankara Chetty, a family doctor in South Africa who, according to his website, has “treated 7000 Covid-19 patients without a single hospitalization or death,” combined insights from his medical knowledge along with his observations of government dictates and media censorship to support his conclusions.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/jab-will-poison/

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

News

Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

mm

Published

on

Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

Continue Reading

News

PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

mm

Published

on

The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

Continue Reading

News

Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

mm

Published

on

SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Share

Petition: No Media Bailouts

We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

1,114 signatures

No Media Bailouts

The fourth estate is critical to a functioning democracy in holding the government to account. An objective media can't maintain editorial integrity when it accepts money from a government we expect it to be critical of.

We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

**your signature**



The Western Standard will never accept government bailout money. By becoming a Western Standard member, you are supporting government bailout-free and proudly western media that is on your side. With your support, we can give Westerners a voice that doesn\'t need taxpayers money.

Share this with your friends:

Trending

Copyright © Western Standard New Media Corp.