OTTAWA – Federal Liberals face mounting pressure to explain how they plan to get COVID-19-battered economy back on track and curb inflation, after throne speech promises to curb rising cost of living .
The annual inflation rate hit an 18-year high in October, fueled in large part by increases at gas stations and grocery stores, not to mention upcoming housing costs.
Adding to these pressures on consumer prices is the problem of supply chains around the world, which have not been able to meet growing consumer demand for certain products.
Tuesday’s Throne Speech, which outlines the Liberals’ priorities for their third term, notes that inflation concerns are affecting countries around the world, including Canada, despite its economic performance.
The text of the speech spoke of the need to fight the rising cost of living and highlighted, as part of the solution, the Liberal election promises on housing and the pre-election measures for a national child care system at $ 10.
Goldy Hyder, CEO of the Business Council of Canada, praised the government’s commitment to building “a more resilient, sustainable and competitive economy,” including commitments to tackle climate change and stimulate business investment.
Dennis Darby, president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, noted the government’s commitment to more resilient supply chains and hopes to see more details in the ministers’ mandate letters.
Yet the throne speech did not respond to what business groups and opposition parties expected to address the economic malaise and rising cost of living.
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The Court refuses the request to suspend the decree imposing the vaccination of caregivers
The Court refuses the request to suspend the decree imposing the vaccination of caregivers The workers of the health network were not successful in this first round of their battle to invalidate the decree which requires them to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They wanted this obligation to be suspended pending the trial which will empty the question, but Judge Michel Yergeau of the Superior Court told them no on Monday morning. The date on which he rendered judgment is not trivial. The deadline – the second, after a first postponement – was to be November 15. But between the pleadings of the lawyers on the request for suspension and the judgment, Quebec declared that it renounced to apply the decree which imposes the double vaccination. He said he feared service disruptions that would hurt the population, since the penalty for refusing the vaccine was to be suspension without pay. Regardless, the magistrate rendered his decision all the same: despite “this major change of course”, “the exact nature and scope of the modifications to be made to the decree following this announcement are not yet known at the time of sign this judgment ”. Those who brought this request to court refuse to be vaccinated. They invoke their freedom of choice and the inviolability of their person. Several said they agreed to be tested regularly for COVID-19, which was the solution finally adopted by Quebec. After analyzing the positions of the parties, the judge concluded that the applicants had raised “serious” questions and demonstrated “an appearance of right”. However, he recalls that it is not for a judge to reassess whether the contested government decision is wise or not: he can only intervene if it does not respect the laws in force.
A shock treatment to save Christmas in the Netherlands
A shock treatment to save Christmas in the Netherlands The pandemic does not come with a gift. The number of cases of infection is climbing dangerously in the Netherlands, hospitals are overflowing again and healthcare workers can no longer take it. However, late Saturday afternoon, a few minutes before the entry into force of stricter sanitary measures, Sinterklaas, a kind of national Santa Claus, paraded in several major cities of the country to launch the end-of-year festivities. . This unprotected party focused the nonchalant attitude of the Dutch provinces in the face of the pandemic, as worrying signs of a strong Covidian surge abound for weeks here more than everywhere in Europe. Until very recently, frequentation of bars, restaurants, cinemas and sports halls was done with a lazy surveillance of health passports. The Dutch had dropped masks everywhere, and social distancing (set here at 1.5m) no longer existed. The Dutch government announced new restrictions on Friday, November 12, with seven in ten citizens calling for them, according to a poll earlier this month. The measures unveiled include closing non-essential stores at 6 p.m. Sports matches will be played behind closed doors. The country of 17 million people has recorded more than two million cases and more than 18,500 deaths since March 2020. Around 82% of Dutch people over the age of 12 have received two doses of the anticovid vaccine.
Denis Coderre leaves political life
Denis Coderre leaves political life At the end of a meeting with his caucus on Friday morning, Denis Coderre, leader of Ensemble Montreal, indicated that he would not occupy the functions of leader of the opposition. “Political life is over. I will contribute to the development of Montreal in a different way, ”Mr. Coderre told journalists at the end of the meeting, which lasted more than four hours at Casa D’Italia. “I’ll do something else. […] I am leaving with the feeling of accomplishment. ” Denis Coderre could have returned to town hall as leader of the opposition since his running mate Chantal Rossi was elected last Sunday, but he preferred to bow out. At the same time, the conductor of Ensemble Montréal draws a line on his political career which spanned four decades. He lamented the low turnout in Sunday’s poll and the fact that the real issues were not sufficiently addressed during the campaign, he said. Since his loss last Sunday against Valérie Plante, Mr. Coderre had remained silent on his intentions. He indicated that if he had waited until Friday to meet with his caucus, it was because he wanted to ensure that all the newly elected officials could be present. Last Sunday, Denis Coderre had to bow to Valérie Plante who obtained 52.1% of the vote against 38% for the leader of Ensemble Montreal who was trying to return to city hall.
Business groups were also hoping for a plan to help unblock supply chain bottlenecks, but also to curb the $ 100 billion stimulus package, fearing that overspending in Ottawa could spur the economy. inflation and hamper economic recovery.
Employment insurance reform
“It seems like everything is a priority except the economy,” said Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, adding that more details could come from a planned economic update. in a few weeks.
The National Council of Unemployed Persons (CNC) deplored the silence of the Speech from the Throne on the reform of employment insurance, despite the Liberals’ commitment to this subject.
“We would have liked a signal,” said Pierre Céré, spokesperson for the CNC. “The reform of employment insurance is a major issue, but we have not yet heard about it (…) We hope to see this reform materialize as soon as possible, and be confirmed in the mandate letter of the Minister.”
The CNC also deplores the fact that the support measures to help workers affected by the pandemic remain temporary – some have even been completed – “in particular, leaving independent workers without a social safety net”.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will soon introduce a bill that would provide support to still struggling industries like tourism and restaurants, and offer employment insurance to workers facing sudden re-adjustments. This decision is part of what the Speech from the Throne called the government’s shift to “more targeted aid and prudent spending management”.
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh has said his party will not support a bill that cuts support for workers. The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, expressed his support, because the measure could help workers in the cultural sector, hard hit by the pandemic.
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre has suggested his party may support targeted relief, but not the stimulus the Liberals are planning.
“We believe we should be back to normal spending levels before COVID,” said Poilievre. We do not believe that it is necessary to create new permanent multi-billion dollar programs that did not exist before. ”
Jordan Press, The Canadian Press