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Why one MP wants companies like Bell to pay back COVID-19 subsidy

Profitable companies have accessed the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy while increasing dividend payouts to shareholders. Today, CBC's Jonathan Montpetit explains how CEWS works, and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he wants to see some companies pay part of that money back.
Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Chair Bob Zimmer (left) and Deputy-Chair Charlie Angus (right) look on as Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Dec. 11, 2018. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Profitable companies have accessed the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy while increasing dividend payouts to shareholders. Now the companies and the program are under fire. Today, CBC's Jonathan Montpetit explains how CEWS works, and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he wants to see some companies pay part of that money back.

 

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