IN A SNEAKY MOVE, the Trudeau government has proposed a revised Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) just after they prorogued parliament.
Now the opposition has no opportunity to debate the proposal until after the Speech from the Throne on September 23. It gives the government time to run the plan up the flagpole and see who salutes it.
Conservatives say that while the conversion of CERB to EI is an improvement because it provides incentives for the jobless to accept work, it delays the democratic process. MPs Dan Albas and Pierre Poilievre say the delay in debating the legislation is unacceptable.
“It is unacceptable that the Trudeau government announced these changes days after locking out MPs and shutting down parliament,” they said in a joint statement.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.