Federal government is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

April 7, 2020

As residents in Souris-Moose Mountain continue to worry about their health, the health of their loved ones, and how they’re going to pay their bills, I’m proud that my Conservative colleagues and I have been using our strengthened Opposition to focus on putting more money into Canadians’ pockets.

We recognize that these are unprecedented times. We need to be flexible to allow Canada to respond swiftly to support families, workers and small businesses. That’s why, when the Trudeau government recalled Parliament for an emergency sitting to deliver COVID-19 aid legislation, Conservatives were prepared to quickly pass the measures. We weren’t prepared, however, for the Liberals to attempt a massive power grab.

Despite trying to use the crisis for political gain, the Liberals gave in to several of our key demands in the end. We were successful in removing the section that would have allowed the government to raise taxes without parliamentary approval. We walked back their unlimited spending powers. And we ensured that Parliamentary committees would begin sitting to provide immediate and necessary oversight.

There are now a number of new federal initiatives to help Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is providing $2,000 per month for those who are laid off or can’t work due to COVID-19. Families will see a temporary boost to the Canada Child Benefit. And the government is delivering increased funding to the provinces for health care. We will continue to push for quicker and easier access to these funds and do our part to allow for quick passage of pertinent legislation that has the best interest of Canadians in mind.

If residents have any questions regarding the COVID-19 aid legislation passed by the federal government, they may contact my office at 1-306-634-3000 or Robert.kitchen.c1@parl.gc.ca. In addition, more information is available at canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Kitchen

Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain