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A View from Parliament Hill: A summary of the COVID-19 emergency response act

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The House of Commons began debate early this morning on the federal government’s response to the economic and social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act was presented to parliament after a marathon of last-minute negotiations among the major political parties and outlines the framework that will be used by government to spend the proposed $107 billion to assist individuals, small businesses, along with the nation’s housing, banking and financial sectors.

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Trudeau just green lit a ‘basic income’ for Canadians

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Trudeau just green lit a ‘basic income’ for Canadians this week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announced a basic income for Canadians this past week. Well, he didn’t call it that, and yet that’s exactly what happened – at least temporarily.

A basic income ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of one’s work status.

Basic income, in Canada, would look similar to the Canada Child Benefit. That is, as wages increase the benefit declines, but it declines progressively – not dollar for dollar.

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A view from Parliament Hill: COVID-19 shuts down House, Senate

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Local federal candidates square off with different visions for riding, country

The House of Commons and the Senate have shut down in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Parliamentarians face an increased risk of contracting and spreading the virus as they meet with constituents, community groups, organizations, stakeholders and a wide variety of the public.

In response many Members of Parliament, ministers, the Prime Minister and his family had taken precautions by voluntarily self-isolating.

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Schmale joins other rural MPs in asking for Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund to be restored

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Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Local MP Jamie Schmale joined Lake Simcoe area MPs calling on the Prime Minister to follow through on the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund.

The six area rural Conservative MPs are asking the new Liberal government to provide a firm commitment and timeline for reinstating the Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund.

The original funding program assisted local groups with projects that improved the health of the lake for 10 years before it was cancelled by Trudeau’s government two years ago.

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Liberals win election, Schmale takes riding: Is blue the only colour we know?

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Jame Schmale re-elected.

We live in a riding that has been Conservative on a federal level every single year since the 1940s, save former Liberal MP John O’Reilly’s three consecutive wins which must come with an asterisk.

(From 1993 to 2004 the Reform Party vote (or Canadian Alliance) plus the Progressive Conservative vote easily beat O’Reilly’s electoral showing for the Liberals.)

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Federal election Q & A with Jamie Schmale of the Conservative Party of Canada

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Federal election Q & A with Jamie Schmale of the Conservative Party of Canada

Roderick Benns recently interviewed the PPC, Conservative, Liberal, Green, and NDP candidates for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock riding to help voters make an informed decision leading up to the election in October. In our fifth and final installment is Jamie Schmale of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Benns: Can you highlight a policy of your party that will lead to increased employment and increased average income in our riding? 

Schmale: The cost of living is top of mind to many voters in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and across this country. Two thirds of Canadians feel that they either can’t pay their bills – or feel that they have nothing left over at the end of the month. Almost half of all Canadian households report being less than $200 a month away from insolvency at month’s end. Fuel, food, home heating, and debt – everything keeps getting more expensive.

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Advocate hosts all-candidates debate in Lindsay with help of 3 community sponsors

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Make an informed choice Oct. 21.

There’s an important federal election coming up and the Advocate wants to help you make an informed choice on Oct. 21.

That’s why we’ve organized, and will host, an all-candidates debate on social policy on Oct. 6 from 2-4 pm, with the help of three community sponsor organizations – the Food Security Working Group of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, Kawartha Citizens United, and Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition.

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Federal election Q & A with Elizabeth Fraser of the Green Party of Canada

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Federal election Q & A with Elizabeth Fraser of the Green Party of Canada

Roderick Benns recently interviewed the PPC, Conservative, Liberal, Green, and NDP candidates for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock riding to help voters make an informed decision leading up to the election in October. In our fourth installment is Elizabeth Fraser from the Green Party of Canada.

Benns: Can you highlight a policy of your party that will lead to increased employment and increased average income in our riding?

Fraser: One of the Green’s economic policies which could be applied in the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock as a way of increasing employment is the Green Venture Capital Fund. This fund is part of the Green Party’s focus on small businesses and would provide support for small local green businesses.

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Federal election Q & A with Judi Forbes of the Liberal Party of Canada

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Roderick Benns recently interviewed the PPC, Conservative, Liberal, Green, and NDP candidates for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock riding to help voters make an informed decision leading up to the election in October. In our third installment we connect with Judi Forbes of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Benns: Can you highlight a policy of your party that will lead to increased employment and increased average income in our riding?

Forbes: As your future MP, I am committed to the Liberal policies and commitments to strengthen and grow our middle class and improve the lives of all Canadians.  Since 2015, the Liberal government has reduced unemployment, created one million new jobs and made post secondary education more affordable for over 480,00 students. We are directly investing in our Canadian youth to provide education, apprenticeships and skills development to prepare them for future employment.

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Local federal candidates square off with different visions for riding, country

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Local federal candidates square off with different visions for riding, country
Canada's federal election will be held Oct. 21.

The race to elect a brand new parliament is on for Oct. 21 and the candidates running in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock offer up competing visions for federal representation.

New Democratic Party Candidate Barbara Doyle believes her history gives her an edge over her opponents, at least when it comes to understanding what life is like for both the middle class and those who need additional supports in our communities.

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