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July 19th, 2021

Liberals cut support for millions of struggling Canadians

OTTAWA – Over the weekend, while millions of Canadians are still without work, the Liberals chose to cut the amount of CRB people receive by $800. The NDP knows that Canadians still need help to make ends meet. That’s why Jagmeet Singh, along with his NDP colleagues, are urging the government to reverse these senseless cuts.

“Although we are hopefully nearing the end of this pandemic, we are not over it yet. Businesses have been forced to close permanently and parts of the country are still under restrictions, making it hard for people to get back to work in some industries,” said Singh. “$1,200 a month is not nearly enough to live off of. The Liberal’s decision to cut CRB will have a devastating effect on millions of Canadians and force them to choose between putting food on the table and paying their bills.”

In the pandemic, Justin Trudeau had to be forced by the NDP to provide people with any real support. When the Liberals wanted people to survive on $1,000 a month during pandemic lockdowns, the NDP fought back and succeeded in doubling help for struggling families. Now the Liberals have cut the CRB by $800 a month knowing full well this will hurt families struggling to make ends meet.

“Just the other day I heard from a constituent who is an employee at VIA Rail. He can’t go back to work because there is no job to go back to yet,” said NDP Critic for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona). “Justin Trudeau promised he would be there for Canadians as long as they needed help. But the pandemic isn’t over, many Canadians don’t have a job to go back to and the Trudeau Liberals are simply moving on and leaving these people behind.”

New Democrats made it clear to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals that they would sit through the summer and help them pass what is needed in the House of Commons to make sure families don’t suffer with an $800 cut to the help they need.