NDP slams Liberals over COVID ‘bait-and-switch’

The NDP, in the middle of a blitz of attack ads against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, is calling on the Liberal Party to set out specifics on the impact the proposed COVID funding for seniors and families will have on seniors’ benefits.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and family poverty researcher Henry Brousseau wrote:

Our proposed COVID II measure is designed to help ensure that working families who have been foreclosed from purchasing a home or must continue to live in an unsafe home can avoid these tragedies by accessing the government’s universal guaranteed income supplement (UIG). In particular, we will ensure a 65-year-old can purchase a home for $300,000 or less without having to qualify for provincial mortgage assistance. However, to make COVID a reality, families and seniors’ benefits must remain exempt from cost-of-living increases. Our offer represents an opportunity for the Liberals to put on the table concrete details on the impact this measure will have on seniors’ and families’ benefits. This is fundamental — this is a matter of principle.

This comes as the NDP is pushing the Liberals to disclose where their funds to combat a bulletproof vest and other equipment are coming from.

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