Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says proposed sweeping new powers to let the government spend money without parliamentary approval

According to Global News Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says proposed sweeping new powers to let the government spend money without parliamentary approval are needed because the coronavirus pandemic presents an “exceptional situation.”


 Global News reports outside Rideau Cottage, where he is in self-isolation, Trudeau was questioned on proposals that Global News first reported were contained in a draft version of the coronavirus support bill set to be tabled on Tuesday in the House of Commons.

Those include broad new powers to authorize the federal cabinet to spend money until December 2021, and in some cases without any time limits at all, without having to put their proposals to a vote in the House of Commons.

“We recognize that this pandemic is moving extremely quickly and it is an exception situation that requires extreme flexibility and rapidity,” Trudeau said when asked why he proposed giving the government those new powers.

The proposals are highly unusual because the power to tax and spend are powers belonging to the Parliament of Canada. By removing the need for parliamentary approval, the proposed measures would eliminate the ability of MPs in a minority government to vote for or against them.
https://globalnews.ca/










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