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Ottawa, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): An urgent need to get the legislation passed on emergency wage subsidy bill to prevent further layoffs, caused the House of Commons to reconvene Apr 11, attended by a small contingent of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Commons, media reports said.
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The legislation implementing the emergency wage subsidy, which was drafted last weekend and shared with the opposition parties on Monday included some tax-and-spend powers for cabinet that were strongly opposed by the opposition parties.
Canada's Prime minister Justin Trudeau said that he is open to their suggestions or amendments addressing the wage subsidy legislation itself.
In a letter to the Prime minister sent Wednesday, Andrew Scheer, leader of Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition wanted Trudeau's commitment to regular questioning from him as well as from other opposition party members as is the normal practice during question period.
Before the debate commenced, Andrew Scheer, leader of Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet delivered remarks on their parties' plans to support the bill.
Schher said the government should also agree to weekly committee meetings with accountability measures which would prevent Parliament from hurried faulty emergency legislation.
Scheer said Parliament has a role to play during this pandemic and the government must be accountable by the opposition parties and that the media should receive regular briefings from ministers and even they be permitted to ask questions at ministerial press conferences.
Singh said Saturday that his calls to improve access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit are reflected in today's motion and that his party will support the legislation for the subsidy to become a reality.