COVID-19 aid bill could have passed quickly if Liberals dropped demand for new powers: CPC source - 2020-03-25
The federal Conservatives are blaming the Trudeau Liberals for the hours-long delay in passing legislation authorizing financial supports for Canadians reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing the bill could have easily passed in the House early Tuesday afternoon if the Liberals had not tried to push through sweeping new powers.
The House of Commons ultimately passed the emergency legislation, Bill C-13, just before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. But a senior Conservative source told iPolitics that party finance critic Pierre Poilievre advised the Liberal minority government as early as Monday afternoon that his party would not pass legislation that included new powers to spend and raise and lower taxes.
"The original bill was very open-ended," a source told iPolitics Wednesday. "The government was asking for the power to spend money, but it wasn't being clear on what."