Montreal Port Strike, Excess profits tax and Canada’s Climate Plan – April 27
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics. (Public affairs)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the media and takes questions following question period on Tuesday.
At a virtual press conference, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reacts to the parliamentary budget officer’s report on an excess profits tax. This report estimates that $7.9 billion in federal corporate income tax revenue would be generated if an additional 15 percent tax rate was applied to excessive profits earned by big companies in 2020 during the pandemic. Singh is joined by Jay Aaron Roy, a small business owner from Halifax. The NDP leader also discusses his call for better paid sick leave and faces reporters’ questions on the strike at the Port of Montreal. The federal government has tabled back-to-work legislation to end the labour dispute. More than 1,000 dockworkers began their strike on April 26.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul hosts a virtual roundtable on the government’s new climate change target of reducing emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. She is joined by climate activists Mike Hudema, Beth Eden, and Allie Rougeot, as well as Kai Chan, a professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.