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April 22nd, 2020

NDP Reaction to Government Program for Students

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada's NDP, made the following statement:

"New Democrats are glad the government is finally turning its focus to help students, but another complicated system is not what students need and it comes weeks late.

They also can't continue to wait until mid-May for help, they need help right away.

For weeks, we've been calling on the government to give direct help to everyone. With the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the government can make the program universal so that no one gets left behind.

It makes no sense that a parent that has to take care of their children can apply for the CERB and get $2,000, but a parent that is also a student will only get between $1,250 and $1,750. Feeding your kids costs the same.

It's easy. The government should make the CERB universal so that students - and anyone else who needs help - can get the help they need right away."