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O’Toole calls on CRA to pause small business audits due to COVID-19

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is calling for the Liberals to put a pause on federal audits of small businesses hit hard by COVID-19.

He says too many small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to survive during the pandemic, and have been hit by what he calls unfair audit requests from the Canada Revenue Agency.

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O’Toole says his party will use its time on the House of Commons agenda today to also propose changes to the federal wage subsidy and commercial rent-relief programs.

The Liberals tabled a bill yesterday that would extend the federal wage subsidy and stop a previously planned slide in the value of payments.

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The bill also creates a new commercial rent-relief program to provide aid directly to businesses after the Liberals’ last version relied on landlords to apply for help, which they didn’t do in great numbers.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to talk about the legislation later this morning.

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