One-Time GST Rebate Increase Passes Parliament

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The one-time increase in the GST refund is adopted in Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, Ottawa, Wednesday

Canadians who already receive a Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund can expect to receive additional money this year that will double the amount of the benefit for the next six months now that Parliament has passed the Liberal government's Bill C-30.

The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, less than a month after it was introduced in the House of Commons on September 20. The law also received royal assent on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the measure will make a difference and recalled that the law was passed in x27;unanimous with the collaboration of the curators.

Canadians eligible for the GST rebate will therefore receive a lump sum payment equivalent to the checks sent in October and January. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pointed out that it was his party that pushed for the measure since last spring.

If [ had the government] acted then, Canadian families would have had hundreds more dollars by July to help them deal with rising food prices, he said in a statement Wednesday.

The government had previously indicated that after Royal Assent it would take three to four weeks for this one-time benefit to help Canadians struggling with runaway inflation.

The federal Liberals are also trying to push through Parliament two other anti-inflation measures promoted by the New Democrats, but Justin Trudeau accuses the Conservatives of delaying proceedings.

Bill C-31 includes new dental expense reimbursement for children under 12 in low- and modest-income families, as well as a one-time $500 benefit for low-income renters .

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in parliament in Ottawa on October 19, 2022

Jagmeet Singh insists that this is not enough and that he will continue to fight. fight for more. He expressed his frustration with the Conservatives' decision to oppose the bill.

They need to explain to Canadians who are struggling to join the two why they won't offer them the help they desperately need, he quipped.

“Lower income families who have difficulty taking their children to the dentist or low income renters who need a boost will greatly benefit from these measures that we have pushed through.

—Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

This is why we are asking the Conservatives to stop blocking them and support them instead, because we need to provide more help to families in these difficult times. , he added.

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre during question period on Wednesday

The Liberals are trying to fast-track Bill C-31, and a vote is scheduled for Wednesday in the Commons before sending it to a House committee for consideration.

During Question Period on Wednesday, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre avoided meeting Justin Trudeau's challenge to change his party's position.

Rather, he accused the prime minister of doing nothing f area for families and that those who get a little help will see that money immediately swallowed up by inflation.

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