The federal New Democrats say they have reached a deal with the minority Liberal government that should help avoid another fall election.
Late Friday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that his party will give the Liberals the support they need to survive a confidence vote on their latest throne speech.
If Trudeau’s Liberals failed to win the confidence of a majority of MPs, it could trigger a snap election, which would have likely taken place in the fall.
However, in return Singh says that Ottawa will deliver a federal aid program aimed at giving millions of Canadians paid sick leave.
The NDP say that many people will soon be entitled to two paid weeks off work if they aren’t feeling well.
Singh, who says the original bill would have supported fewer people, is calling it a historic moment.
The feds have set aside Monday and Tuesday for debate on the bill.
Singh also says the Liberals have agreed to keep a $2,000 per month support payment for people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
The Liberals wanted to cut help for people relying on CERB by $400,
We fought back and got them to reverse their cut.
When we convinced them to make sick days available, they made them too hard to get,
We fought back. Now millions of people won’t be forced to go to work sick. pic.twitter.com/2B8cJEuu3W
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 26, 2020