Justin Trudeau says he’ll seek 10 days of paid sick leave for all workers

Posted on May 26, 2020 in Policy Context

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TheStar.com – Federal Politics

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will work with provinces to ensure that all workers get 10 days of paid sick leave a year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it is far from inevitable a national sick-leave policy can be worked out or for how long it might be in effect.

The pledge by Trudeau was a condition of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s support for the Liberals’ resumption plans for Parliament. Those talks had hit an impasse on Friday, Singh said in an interview.

During a Sunday phone call between Trudeau and the NDP leader, Singh said Trudeau “accepted that we have the federal powers to immediately use something like (the Canada Emergency Response Benefit) to give people immediate basic leave” during the pandemic.

Singh said he’s confident the government will work toward a longer term goal of making paid sick leave a permanent part of the Canadian safety net.

“I’m not sold that it’s a done deal but certainly we can do it, and there’s an openness to doing it,” Singh said. “The commitment made publicly today gives me some confidence that we’ve taken at least one bold step towards realizing paid sick leave for all Canadians.”

But the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warned against a rush toward permanent changes.

Dan Kelly, president of the organization which represents more than 110,000 small and medium-sized employers, said most small business owners “do their best to work out formal or informal solutions that work for both the business and its employees” and are already bracing for looming hikes in Employment Insurance premiums and previously planned increases in pension premiums.

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