NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging the federal government to immediately begin accepting applications for emergency financial aid from Canadians struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Singh says the government should begin receiving applications now so that it can get the money into the hands of Canadians as quickly as possible after Parliament approves the legislation necessary to get a promised $82 billion in direct financial assistance and tax deferrals flowing.
Parliament is to be recalled sometime next week and opposition parties have signalled their willingness to quickly approve the legislation.
Singh says he’s alarmed that many people — who are without income now as businesses shut down all across the country to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus — won’t get any of the emergency federal financial help until April or even May.
He says starting the application process now will ensure no one waits “one day longer than absolutely necessary.”
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