A Conservative MP is touting wants to see unemployed students working on farms this summer instead of lining up for government grants, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
“If we want to restart the economy, people have to get back to work,” said Gerard Deltell, who represents the riding of Louis-St. Laurent. “They can’t stay at home doing nothing.”
Parliament met Wednesday to consider the Canada Emergency Student Benefit that would shell out up to $5,000 to jobless university and college students this summer.
“People can go work in the fields. We know that’s important. Students may be tempted to stay home rather than going to work on the farms,” said Deltell.
MPs previously passed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act to pay unemployed people of all ages $2,000 a month for the next four months until the beginning of October.
“I talk to entrepreneurs every day in my riding and they have a labour issue,” added Deltell.
“It wasn’t there before the COVID-19 crisis,” he said. “There are many workers who are saying that with $2,000 a month they are making more money staying home doing nothing.”
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said it’s important to have enough money for people who can’t work now but acknowledged: “At the same time, there are people who lack the incentive to work.”