Sep 23, 2020
By Christine Ross
Liberals promise to extend emergency COVID-19 supports and build national childcare program in throne speech delivered Wednesday.
Calling it an ambitious plan, the minority Liberal government pledges to create over one million jobs and expand benefit programs and supports for nearly every sector.
They also announced national strategies for long-term care homes, child care, a disability benefit program and legislation for their goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
But there wasn’t much new for seniors, rather a commitment on promises made before the last election and has yet to deliver.
CARP’s Chief Policy Officer says they want action on those promises that include increasing the CPP survivor’s benefit and boosting Old Age Security for those over 75.
“That’s why we need action and specific plans on these promises, the speech from the throne is full of promises that we’ve had before and weren’t acted on and they have to be acted on this time,”Bill VanGorder told Zoomer / Classical FM news.
The Liberals are reversing course on a decision to wind down a federal wage subsidy, vowing to extend it for businesses harmed by COVID-19 into next year.
And for workers who lose their jobs, the throne speech also promises to put everyone under the employment insurance system, making it the only vehicle for benefits for hard-hit workers even if they previously didn’t qualify for the decades-old program.
The government also acknowledges that not much more can be done if the pandemic is not brought under control. Prime Minister Just Trudeau is expected to speak more about the pandemic when he addresses the country at 6:30 ET Wednesday evening.