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Call in the accountants to fix the flaws in emergency programs

Call in the accountants to fix the flaws in emergency programs

Memo to Morneau: Call in the accountants to fix the flaws in emergency program

Opinion: Accountants are the ones on the ground with direct firsthand knowledge of the problems people are facing. We have good ideas and are eager to help

Source: Financial Post
Author: Neal Winokur

ince that fateful day, March 13, when the federal government announced that “no one should have to be concerned about job security and financial hardship should they require self-isolation,” I have been awestruck by the federal government’s “Design programs first/Receive a ton of criticism/Make changes later” approach.

Everybody understands Ottawa has had to roll out humongous emergency programs as fast as possible in order to get cash in peoples’ hands quickly and that in doing so it had no choice but to sacrifice consultation and effectiveness for speed. But did it really have to carry trial-and-error-error-error to such extremes?

On March 18 it announced both the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit, a 10 per cent wage subsidy for small businesses and a deferral of income taxes payable until August 3.

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