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COVID-19 has exposed ugly failings of our politics. Here’s how Ottawa can build on the lessons of the pandemic

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

COVID-19. It has proved that the Employment Insurance system is out of step with today’s workforce. It has stirred questions about globalization and whether international supply networks are truly a virtue in times of desperate need. It has spurred plodding bureaucracies, known for their cautious approach to issues, into impossibly speedy policy decisions to rush aid to Canadians. And it’s left Canadians with a deficit hangover… the pandemic has laid bare problems and blown up old ways of doing things.

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Ottawa boosts aid package to students, pledges incentives to find work

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Under the program, post-secondary students, recent graduates and those headed to school in the fall are eligible to get monthly payments of $1,250 a month between May and August. It also promises up to $5,000 for students who volunteer… The government agreed to increase the monthly payments to those with dependants and disabilities by $250 to $2,000 a month… The government agreed to implement new financial incentives and measures to “connect Canadians, particularly students and Canadian youth, to the various jobs available.”

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Justin Trudeau unveils wages subsidy changes, increased support for student jobs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

“They are new to the workforce so they don’t have a lot of money set aside for this kind of situation. At the same time, they need work experience to secure their new jobs and money to cover living expenses.” The government has also promised changes to allow part-time workers who have seen their hours cut to access emergency aid that pays $500 a week for 16 weeks… We will have additional measures to put in place to help the most vulnerable Canadians”

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Ottawa commits billions to help people hit by the economic fallout of COVID-19

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The federal government will open the spending taps to throw an economic lifeline to Canadians and businesses as the spread of COVID-19 exacts a growing financial toll, from empty restaurants and theatres to a gutted travel sector… Friday’s rate cut and the government’s promise of aggressive stimulus spending underscores how quickly the crisis is moving and how seriously federal officials view the threat to the economy.

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A last-minute guide to what the federal parties are pitching

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Over the course of the election, federal parties have been making their pitch to Canadians on their plans for the environment, health care, affordability, the economy and plenty more…here’s what the parties are pitching:

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Aging workforce to drive up debt: Report

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Published On Fri Feb 19 2010.

While Canada struggles to emerge from the economic downturn – and a $56 billion deficit – Page is urging politicians to think long-term and understand the risks of changing demographics that he says will plunge Canada into an era of crippling deficits if left unchecked… “The government’s current fiscal structure is not sustainable over the long term,” the report said.

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