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Ottawa mayor calls on Trudeau to send cash to people with disabilities, pass Bill C-17

By Peter Mazereeuw      

'To date, there have not been direct attempts by the federal government to address the concerns of many Canadians with disabilities who have few alternatives,' Mayor Jim Watson wrote in the July 14 letter.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson called on the federal government to try again to deliver promised financial help for Canadians with disabilities. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has called on the federal government to find new ways to send money to help people with disabilities weather the COVID-19 pandemic, or try again to pass legislation that would do so through the House of Commons.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com

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