Liberals survive confidence vote as COVID-19 aid bill passes unanimously

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The House of Commons has unanimously passed legislation authorizing new benefits for workers left jobless or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the process, the minority Liberal government has survived its first pandemic-era confidence test, assuring at least for now that there will be no election as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. Bill C-4 passed in the House of Commons in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday, after a day of political manoeuvring and just 4½ hours of debate on the actual contents of the legislation. In the end, Conservative MPs, who had protested loudly against fast-tracking of the bill and used procedural tactics to hold it up, voted for it. So did Bloc Québécois MPs, who had also opposed fast-tracking.