The two main candidates in the race for the leadership of the conservative Party of Canada (CPC) are opposed to their political formation that receives wage subsidies from the federal in the framework of emergency measures on the COVID-19.
Peter Mackay and Erin O’toole were terminated at the end of this week the political parties, including the CCP, see Ottawa temporarily pay part of the salary of their employees, to avoid layoffs due to the pandemic.
“I ask the government to change the law so that political parties could not take advantage of it,” said Erin O’toole on Twitter, Saturday.
“The political parties should not be entitled to the wage subsidy and the act of Justin Trudeau should not afford it,” said his side Mr. Mackay on Twitter, Sunday.
“Our party has put an end to the direct subsidy of political parties by taxpayers in removing the subsidy per vote, he added. We cannot oppose these subsidies by the taxpayers and then support subsidies to political parties.”
Almost all the federal political parties have resorted to wage subsidy to pay their employees or how they intend to use this program deployed in the wake of the pandemic COVID-19.
The liberal Party of Canada, the CPC, the New democratic Party and the green Party have all made a request to get the wage subsidy. Those in the PLC and PCC have already been approved.
The PCC has mentioned on Friday that no employee has been dismissed since the beginning of the crisis of the sars coronavirus
“As our staff is composed of young people and employees with large families who depend on all of our organization, we want to do everything possible to maintain regular operations and continue to avoid layoffs,” said the party spokesman, Cory Hann.
He added that the PCC must, in particular, pay off additional expenses due to the technological equipment that it has had to provide its staff placed in telework.
Only the Bloc québécois does not intend to have recourse to the wage subsidy, according to what has been reported a representative of the training policy to the QMI Agency, Friday.
The wage subsidy program is intended to cover 75 % of wages of employees of organisations affected by the crisis of the COVID-19, up to a maximum of $ 847 per week per worker.
For its part, the PCU is equivalent to $ 2000 per month paid to Canadians who can’t work due to the pandemic.