Bloc Leader Rips Liberals, Tories For Receiving Wage Subsidy

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OTTAWA — Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet says it’s “absolutely unacceptable” for the federal Liberals and Conservatives to receive public funding through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The emergency program is designed to help businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis re-hire workers and stave off more layoffs by covering 75 per cent of wages. The NDP said Friday the party had applied for the wage subsidy, news that prompted both the federal Liberals and Conservatives to confirm they have received the CEWS. “It is reserved for businesses and companies who really need it,” Blanchet told reporters in Ottawa Monday. He said the NDP and Green Party may need the money, but affirmed “the Liberals don’t need it, and the Conservatives don’t need it.”