The Bloc wants to ban wage subsidies for political parties
Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet in parliament in Ottawa on Thursday
Share November 5, 2020 1:16 p.m. Share The Bloc wants to ban the wage subsidy for political parties Catherine Lévesque The Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois intends to present an amendment to Bill C-9 in order to prevent political parties from receiving the wage subsidy .
Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet says the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party (NDP) should never have had access to this subsidy in recent months. He now wants to see this ban enshrined in law.
The Liberal Party and the Conservative Party stopped receiving the subsidy at the end of the summer, but have not yet repaid the amounts. The NDP continues to benefit from the wage subsidy. The Bloc Québécois, for its part, has never requested or received it.
Political parties in Ottawa have agreed to speed up passage of C-9, which would provide direct access to rent assistance for businesses and businesses hit hard by the pandemic.
Under the deal, the bill would pass the House of Commons on Friday. The Bloc hopes to change it, at the last moment, with its amendment.
The Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats did not immediately indicate whether they would support the Bloc's proposal.