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COVID-19 aid bill passes unanimously in the House of Commons

BY , Sep 30, 2020 3:41 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Pablo Rodriguez rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The vote was unanimous, 306 for and none against, as MP's passed legislation authorizing new pandemic benefits for workers still struggling in the COVID-19 era.

Bill C-4 includes a replacement program for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit reworking the existing employment insurance program to be more flexible and generous.

The Senate is expected to gather today to debate and pass the emergency aid legislation swiftly.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet says Parliament unanimously passed a COVID-19 aid bill for workers in what he calls a ``shut up'' procedure.

Blanchet says M-Ps were elected to analyse and improve legislation and adds it is a problem that Liberals rushed through the bill and didn't let politicians do their jobs.

Both he and Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole are back on the Hill today after two-weeks of self-isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19.

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