No backup plan?Conservatives and NDP members alike say the latest numbers have cast a pall over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's prolonged political honeymoon and say it's high time the Liberals took action.
Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says Canadians can't trust the Liberal government when it comes to the economy. (Photo: The Canadian Press)New Democrat finance critic Guy Caron says the government has to cut taxes for small business, a promise that fell by the wayside in the first Liberal budget.
For his part, Caron said there must be easier access to EI benefits. "In light of these significant job losses, creating a universal qualifying threshold of 360 hours and reinstating the extra five-weeks program for all seasonal workers is more critical than ever and would significantly help areas like Atlantic Canada." NDP jobs critic Nike Ashton urged the government to fulfil a campaign promise to offer EI premium breaks to employers who hire young people. That pledge also didn't make it into the spring budget.
"They should stop consulting and start making decisions."
Youth can't wait: Ashton"The Liberals must immediately live up to their campaign promise to spur youth employment for millennials," she said. "Young Canadians can't wait for them to do yet more consultations." Raitt said the Liberals promised that tax changes to help the middle class, an enhanced child-care benefit and promised infrastructure spending would spur the economy, but that hasn't happened. "They should stop consulting and start making decisions."
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