Liberals Back Down from Power Grab 

“The Liberals shamefully tried to use a public health crisis to give themselves the powers to raise taxes, debt and spending without parliamentary approval until January 1, 2022.  But after hours of negotiation, the government has backed down.

“Conservatives have secured the following concessions:

  • We demanded that the government remove the section that would have allowed them to raise taxes without parliamentary approval.  They agreed.
  • We demanded that the government walk back their unlimited spending powers and that special warrants expire on June 23, 2020 instead of September 30, 2020. They agreed.
  • We demanded that the government include explicit reference to putting taxpayers’ rights first. They agreed.
  • We demanded that the government put sunset clauses in their legislation.  They agreed.
  • We demanded that the government be accountable to Parliament through regular reports to the House of Commons Health and Finance committees and that the Finance Committee have the right to recall Parliament if we identify any abuses. They agreed.