Conservatives announce support for concert workers as NDP tackles housing market

Conservatives announce support for concert workers as NDP tackles housing market

Erin O’Toole has said a Conservative government led by him will offer support to people he says have been ignored by federal programs launched in response to the global pandemic: the workers in concert.

“Many have been left behind, especially workers in the odd-job economy,” the Conservative leader said today in Ottawa, adding that 1.7 million Canadians “work in the odd-job economy.” .

“We’re talking about everyone from truckers to graphic designers, from warehouse workers to delivery drivers. Anyone working on contract or on call.”

O’Toole said these workers and their families have been excluded from many of the benefits advertised over the past year and a half. He said that they often do not qualify for EI because they do not have the insurable hours or the required payroll taxes.

Today, O’Toole announced that the party’s “Canada Stimulus Package” would require businesses operating in the odd-job economy to make contributions to portable employee savings accounts every time they pay. a worker.

These contributions would be equal to those paid to the Canada Pension Plan and would increase tax-free. Workers could use the money in the accounts to pay CPP contributions or withdraw them to cover their expenses.

In the past, the Conservatives have criticized increases in CPP premiums and EI premiums as taxes on job creation. O’Toole said times have changed.

“The Conservative Party will stand up for all workers,” he said. “This is a new part of our economy. The odd-job economy did not exist years ago when EI and other programs were introduced. That’s why 1.7 million Canadians have been missed in a crisis.

NDP targets Conservative announcement

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was quick to criticize the Conservative plan.

“If Erin O’Toole was serious about helping people working in the odd-job economy, he wouldn’t have teamed up with Justin Trudeau to vote against prescription drug and dental coverage for these workers,” Singh said in a press release shortly after O ‘Toole’s announcement.

“His track record shows that he would make life harder for people. Much like Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole’s plan gives the biggest companies a free ride and hurts everyone.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh answers questions at a press conference in a park in Winnipeg on Thursday. His party has announced that it will double the credit for first-time homeowners and turn it into a discount to help make home ownership more accessible. (Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press)

As the Conservatives announced a plan for odd jobs, the NDP announced plans to help first-time home buyers by doubling the credit for first-time homeowners and turning it into discounts – making the money available to homeowners. people when they move into newly purchased accommodation. home, instead of during tax season.

The party also said it would introduce measures to help families reduce their mortgage payments.

The NDP Housing Platform centers on a proposal to build 500,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years.

Speaking at a press conference in Winnipeg, Singh said the dream of owning a home was quickly becoming unattainable for many Canadians, in part because of the large sums of money and foreign investment in the market.

“We also want to build more homes that meet people’s budgets,” he said today. “We are going to make a significant, massive and serious investment in building more homes than people can afford.”

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