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April 3rd, 2020

New Democrats call on government to admit that Canadians need direct assistance now

NEW WESTMINSTER – Today, New Democrat Finance Critic Peter Julian used his time in the Standing Committee on Finance to continue pushing for a direct payment to people across the country. As New Democrats have been saying for weeks, a direct payment of $2,000 – with an additional $250 per child – to everyone in Canada would make sure that people who have been left behind by the government's announcements could finally get the help they need.

“People can’t wait for help. CERB and the wage replacement don't get money to Canadians fast enough and people who require support are being left out,” said Julian. “Sending everyone a cheque and clawing back the money from people who don’t need it at tax time really is the simplest solution. This is the best way to relieve the tremendous financial stress thousands of Canadians are feeling.”

Canadians are struggling with the unclear process and long waits between applying for assistance through CERB and the wage subsidy and finally getting help. By following the lead of other countries and moving forward with a universal direct benefit, people across the country will get help more quickly.

“The delay in getting money to people is unacceptable, unnecessary, and devastating," said Julian. "The government needs to make sure Canadians can focus on their health, the health of their families, and doing what it takes to get us through this pandemic, instead of being forced to worry about their bills.”