UPDATE: NDP and Liberals Reach Agreement to Avoid Election
The Liberals and the NDP have reached an agreement that will avert an election.
Legislation that will maintain a $2,000 a month support payment for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and don't qualify for Employment Insurance was a major selling point, according to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.
The NDP announced it will now support the Liberal government's throne speech and avoid calling an immediate election. Windsor-West MP Brian Masse says it's the first of several compromises that will be reviewed by the New Democrats.
"They've actually tabled legislation based on our proposal, amending it to be closer to what we actually did," he says. "We just want to make things work in parliament."
Masse says the party was ready to hold the line and call an election if the Liberals refused to find middle ground on key social issues.
"The Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois have already teamed up to say no and that would put us into an election if we didn't look at this responsibly," says Masse. "Here's the thing, an election could actually bring the same results ... because the polling is similar and then Canadians have six months of nothing at all."
He says compromises were also reached on childcare, paid sick leave and several social issues that hadn't gained much ground with Liberals over their last term — more details will need to be worked out in the coming weeks.
— with files from The Canadian Press.