Pandemic budget: the bumpy road to recovery


We know the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in race, gender and class. The path to pandemic recovery will undoubtedly be easier for some than for others. Is the government doing enough to be accountable?

Budget 2021 was the first budget in two years and the first pandemic budget we’ve seen from the federal government. He offered key information on the Liberal government’s roadmap for recovery from a pandemic.

This budget was also unique in that, according to some polls, the majority of Canadians hardly noticed it. Consumed by the daily pandemic news, it’s easy to see how it got away, but did it get the Liberal government off the hook?

The past year has been enormously more difficult for BIPOC communities, for the women who shoulder most of the care work and for the undervalued but rhetorically “essential” frontline workers. Without radical change in the systems of oppression that have allowed the disproportionate illness and death of the working class and those who inhabit its intersections, the road to recovery will be much easier for some Canadians than for others.

We need to explain why, if the government is doing an adequate job of making our pandemic recovery fair, and where we are going now.

This is why we are happy to welcome you to the May edition of Off the Hill: The Bumpy Road to Pandemic Recovery. Join us for a live chat on Wednesday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on Zoom or Facebook. To be able to ask questions and engage directly with our panelists, be sure to register here in advance.

Join our expert panelists for a real and honest assessment of the 2021 budget. Who was the pandemic budget really for? Did you find this helpful?

This month’s Off the Hill panel is pleased to welcome:

Leah Gazan is the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Center. She is currently the NDP critic for children, families and social development, as well as deputy critic for immigration, refugees and citizenship. Leah was a champion in the fight for a guaranteed sustainable basic income in Canada and earlier this year she was named Maclean’s Power List 2021. She played a leading role in Winnipeg during Idle No More and co-founded the #WeCare campaign to build public commitment to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Leah is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 Territory.

Chuka ejeckam is a writer and policy researcher working in the British Columbia labor movement. The son of Igbo immigrants to Canada, Chuka grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work focuses on inequality and inequality, drug policy, structural racism and work. He’s on Twitter @ChukaEjeckam.

Karl Nerenberg is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker, working in English and French. He joined the rabble as a parliamentary correspondent in 2011.

Robin browne is the co-host of Off the Hill. Robin is a communications professional and Co-Head of 613-819 Black Hub, living in Ottawa. His blog is The “True” North.

Libby davies is the co-host of Off the Hill. Libby is the author of Outside In: a political memory. She was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, former Deputy Leader of the NDP and House leader, and recipient of the Order of Canada.

In case you missed it, check out last month’s Off the Hill: Crunch time in Ottawa sign.

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