Whole Foods’ Poppy Ban, Bill C-9 – November 6, 2020
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics:
During Question Period, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and members of cabinet face inquiries concerning the government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Whole Foods’ employee poppy ban, and more.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford speak with reporters about the decision from Whole Foods to ban its employees from wearing poppies. The U.S.-based grocery chain said in a statement that the company’s dress code policy prohibits any addition to the standard uniform. Note: Facing widespread criticism, Whole Foods later announced that it would allow its employees to wear poppies while on the job.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet discuses air transport. He calls on the federal government to impose a moratorium on the transaction that would allow Air Canada to buy Air Transat, at least until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The Bloc leader is also asking the federal government to develop an aviation policy.
The Bloc Québécois leader also speaks to reporters about Bill C-9, the government’s legislation that would provide direct access to emergency rent relief for businesses strongly impacted by COVID-19 and would extend the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until June 2021.