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New federal program for hard-hit sectors will help investors and banks—not workers

By Ian Robb       

If HASCAP is to be more than a corporate bailout, the government must require full participation in CEWS and guarantee laid-off workers can return to their jobs.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program in the Nov. 30 fall economic statement. But unless there’s transparency on how many workers are returned to their jobs, the government—and ultimately taxpayers—will be fully backing the loans of rich real estate investors and big banks and get little in return, writes Ian Robb. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government may well leave Canada’s most vulnerable workers behind in its effort to bail out hard-hit sectors like hospitality. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently announced the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), designed to give low-interest loans of up to $1-million, fully backed by the federal government, to hard-hit companies.

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Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

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The changes weren’t made in a vacuum, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

100 days in, Greens’ leader Paul says she’s close to homing in on where to run

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mobilizing younger voters, especially millennials, would be a 'political windfall' for the Greens, especially in ridings where left-leaning voters have a say in the outcome, says Nik Nanos.

House and Senate joint committees haven’t met since 2019

News|By Neil Moss
'We simply have to find the bandwidth for the joint committee to meet virtually or in a hybrid format,' says Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who is designated to become co-chair of the Scrutiny of Regulations Joint Co

Only, but not lonely: former broadcaster and political rookie Marci Ien brings community to solitary House role

News|By Paige Peacock
She follows former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who also sat as the only Black woman in the House of Commons between 2015 and 2019.

No deal yet on remote House proceedings, with app process and Chamber-wide testing still to be resolved

A House-wide test of the new remote voting application developed by the administration has yet to take place, and questions on how exactly voting by app would work and look in the Chamber remain to be ironed out.

Federal departments miss quarter of annual targets, with Transportation Safety Board, National Defence among poorest performers

In 2019-20, federal departments and agencies met 1,352 performance targets, missed 556, and tracked 431 more that didn’t have available results.

Twitter’s crackdown on Trump ‘a Band-Aid on a wound,’ say politicos

News|By Palak Mangat
Liberal MP Ken Hardie, former broadcaster, says he doesn't want to see lawmakers or social media companies 'running rampant over free expression,' but there is a 'fine line' that needs to be walked.

NCC proposal for new embassy row could boost diplomatic presence away from the Hill

News|By Neil Moss
The NCC has proposed building six new embassies in the Mechanicsville neighbourhood, which would increase the diplomatic presence west of downtown Ottawa.

Bloc MP Gill tops MP spending for first half of 2020-21

News|By Alice Chen
New disclosure reports for MP spending contain more information about travel and associated costs in a one-report format.
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