Let’s not be naive

Ne soyons pas naïfs

It must be a little naive to believe that all the federal parties have asked for the wage subsidy for the sole purpose of protecting their employees.

Yet this is what they are trying to make us believe. But there is no doubt that they are particularly interested in keeping intact their cash election.

The prime minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t need to have something to blame to get out of a horrible cat cassette.

But yesterday, at a press conference, his discomfort was palpable when he very awkwardly defended the decision of his party to resort to the wage subsidy emergency.

This decision means, in practical terms, that the wage dozens of employees of the liberal Party of Canada is paid for by the taxpayers.

“We have put in place a wage subsidy that will be there to help workers in all kinds of different agencies to be able to have an economy that comes afterwards,” insisted Justin Trudeau.

“There are companies – large and small –, there are non-profit organizations, charities that use all of the Canadians who depend on their paychecks to support their family and [pay] their grocery store. ”

Not very convincing.

The PLC is not the only one to have drawn in the dish of candy. All, except the Bloc québécois, are served.

Party millionaires

Of course, the political parties are not immune to the crisis of the COVID-19. They mainly live off the generosity of their donors, who are rare in these times.

But this program was really designed to defray the salary of the personnel policy ?

To micros closed, members of parliament in doubt and express their discomfort.

The liberals and the conservatives have raised, respectively, about 3 and a $ 4 million since the beginning of the year.

Did they really need this money ? As far as we know, their finances are sound. However, the same cannot be said of the NDP, which is on the brink of bankruptcy.

This is not because the parties are eligible for this federal assistance that they should have the right to it. Criteria wide enough have been developed.

Criteria that they themselves have decreed. The appearance of a conflict of interest is obvious.

In Quebec, the parties did not intend to apply for the wage subsidy for the time being, except for the Parti québécois, which evaluates its options. It must be said that here, political parties receive public funding that reached a total of$ 10 Million last year.

The federal parties could help their cause by lifting the veil on the details of their grant applications. But several questions remain unanswered.

Among liberals, the bad example comes from the top.

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