Thursday, March 4

The Bloc Québécois wants a green federal budget that is generous to SMEs

(Ottawa) The Bloc Québécois wants to see Ottawa spend more than 35 billion in 2021-2022 to help seniors, increase health transfers to the provinces and encourage a green recovery.

Lina Dib
The Canadian Press

The Bloc members are also demanding that the government, in its next budget, be patient with companies that got into debt during the pandemic, by drawing on federal loan guarantee programs. The Bloc wants a suspension of any repayments that would be interest-free and penalty-free.

Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet announced his demands on the Trudeau government at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

If the Bloc Québécois offers a lot of details on its expectations, the Conservative Party has a less precise speech.

On Tuesday, invited to say what he would like to see in the next federal budget, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was content to criticize Justin Trudeau for wanting to “reimagine the Canadian economy”, instead of ensuring survival. of all jobs in all sectors.

For their part, the New Democrats offered a plea this week to maintain support for small businesses. Jagmeet Singh wants the emergency wage subsidy program to be extended until the pandemic is over. He also wants the commercial rent subsidy program to continue.

It is not yet clear when Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will table her first budget. The document must have the support of at least one of the opposition parties for the Liberal minority government to remain in power.

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