February 6, 2023

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One-time GST rebate hike approved by Parliament

One-time GST rebate hike approved by Parliament

The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, less than a month later Introduction in the House of CommonsSeptember 20. The Act also received royal assent on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would take the step A change And recalled that the law was passed unanimously with the support of conservatives.

Canadians are eligible for reimbursement GST Therefore, they will receive a total payment equal to the checks sent in October and January. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said his party has been pushing for the move since last spring.

Whether there is or not [le gouvernement] Had action been taken then, Canadian households would have had hundreds of dollars less by July to deal with rising food prices.He said in a statement on Wednesday.

The government previously indicated it would take three to four weeks after royal assent for this one-time benefit to help Canadians struggling with runaway inflation.

Conservatives oppose two other measures

The federal Liberals are also trying to get parliament to pass two other anti-inflation measures promoted by the New Democrats, but Justin Trudeau accused the Conservatives of delaying the hearing.

Bill C-31 includes new dental reimbursement for children under 12 in low- and moderate-income families, as well as a one-time $500 benefit for low-income renters.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Parliament in Ottawa on October 19, 2022

Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wilde

Jagmeet Singh says that it is not enough and leaves Keep fighting for more. He expressed deep displeasure at the decision taken by the Conservatives to oppose the bill.

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They need to explain why they won’t give Canadians struggling to make ends meet the help they need.He started.

Low-income families who have trouble getting their children to the dentist or low-income renters who need help will benefit greatly from these measures we put in place. »

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

That’s why we’re asking conservatives to stop blocking and support families as they need more help in these difficult times.He added.

Poilivre avoids answering

Pierre Poilivre.

Conservative leader Pierre Poilivre during a question-and-answer session on Wednesday

Photo: Canadian Press / Adrian Wilde

The Liberals are trying to fast-track Bill C-31, and it will be voted on Wednesday in the Commons before it is sent to a House committee for consideration.

During a question-and-answer session on Wednesday, Conservative leader Pierre Poilivre avoided taking up the challenge launched by Justin Trudeau, who invited him to change his party’s position.

Instead, he accused the Prime Minister of doing nothing for families, and those who received a small allowance would see the money quickly swallowed up by inflation.