MP Jenny Kwan at the House Special COVID-19 Committee asking finance minister and deputy prime minister questions on emergency rental subsidy for businesses and support for municipal government, Translink and PNE:
"The commercial rent assistance program is supposed to provide much-needed support for small businesses so they can survive the pandemic. By only allowing landlords with a mortgage to apply for it, the Liberals show they are less concerned about supporting small businesses than ensuring that big banks get their mortgage payments. Surely, the Liberals know that Bay Street is not the target here.
Will the minister eliminate the mortgage requirement and allow small businesses to apply instead of landlords?"