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Civil servants who have had to deal with the pandemic EI applications have been told to ignore cases of fraud, according to the National Post.
Federal employees who spot a potentially fraudulent application have been told to process the taxpayer funded payment anyway, without referring the file to the relevant departments who deal with fraud.
Worse still, the department that deals with determining whether an application is fraudulent has been temporarily suspended and moved into a different branch of Employment and Social Development Canada.
The National Post has reported that 200,000 applications have been noted as potentially fraudulent applications.
When questioned about these cases, Employment minister Carla Qualtrough explained that the government understood the increased risk of fraud, but wanted to distribute cheques as soon as they possibly could.
Qualtrough later clarified that the government would look to procure some of the payments given to the fraudsters, although this seems patently unfeasible.
Since the lockdown started, the federal government has had to issue CERB payments to Canadians who had become unemployment as a result of the shrivelled economy.
These payments—which are often referred to as a stimulus package—intended to put the economy into hibernation until the lockdown could be lifted. As of writing this, Canada's federal debt has reached $738 billion.
As soon as a Canadian is born, they now owe close to $20,000 to the federal government.