â€œRenters landlords, and homeowners urgently need our help,â€� they wrote in the letter. â€œThe federal government must act immediately, before April, to suspend rent, utility bills and mortgage payments and impose a moratorium on evictions across the country.â€�
The New Democrats also called on the federal government to mandate the banks to waive interest fees and charges on credit cards, bank loans, lines of credit and mortgages for at least the next two payments cycles.
â€œThe federal government needs to do much more to help people facing this crisis, particularly Indigenous Peoples. Food, shelter, and essentials need to be provided. Help is needed now,â€� they wrote. â€œThe federal government possesses numerous policy tools to enact this urgent policy. Letâ€™s put in place effective solutions to ensure that no one is left behind in these extraordinary times.â€�