With some benefits scheduled to end in July, Jagmeet Singh is calling on Justin Trudeau to extend CERB payments. On Tuesday, the NDP leader urged the PM to consider extending the program for at least four more months, to help those who need it the most. “Families right now are on the hook,” he said.\nSpeaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 9, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called on the prime minister to extend CERB benefits past July.\nUsing the example of “Kirsten,” an educational assistant unable to claim the wage subsidy, Singh suggested that many Canadians would struggle without the monthly $2,000 payment.\n“She has no way to put food on the table for her family,” Singh said in a tweet.\nHe went on to address the idea that people who fraudulently or accidentally claimed CERB could be punished by the federal government.\n“They’re not criminals,” he said, “they’re people who are desperate and in need of help.”\nIn an interview with Power and Politics on the same day, Singh explained that the NDP is calling for a four-month extension of the CERB so that Canadians in need would be able to continue to access the funding after July.\nKirsten from Hamilton is an EA for students with special needsHer school is closed & doesn’t qualify for the wage subsidyWith the CERB ending in July, she has no way to put food on the table for her familyThe PM must extend the CERB for families like Kirsten’s who need help pic.twitter.com/CAxgiMz9hj— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) June 10, 2020\nAddressing the suggestion from some politicians that Canadians may not return to work while the CERB is still available, Singh explained, “To get people comfortable to work, there’s just three things needed.”\nHe noted that work should be safe, paid sick leave should be in place and childcare needs to be available.\n“People certainly want to go back to work,” he added.\nNDP Leader @theJagmeetSingh is calling on the federal government to extend the CERB by 4 months, saying "there is no question that it should be extended."@VassyKapelos asks if that means the NDP wants the federal government to spend another $43B on the program. pic.twitter.com/TWfgQ3Lvw1— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) June 9, 2020\nIn a follow-up tweet on June 10, Singh stated, "We need to extend the CERB for people in need."\nHe added, "Remove the heavy fines and jail penalties for people who applied for the CERB that didn’t need it, and instead use the tax system to recover the money."\nWe need to extend the CERB for people in needRemove the heavy fines and jail penalties for people who applied for the CERB that didn’t need it, and instead use the tax system to recover the moneyAnd bring in help for all Canadians living with disabilities— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) June 10, 2020\nAcknowledging concerns that people who accidentally or incorrectly claimed the CERB could be punished, Trudeau stated, “We're not looking at punishing people who made honest mistakes."\nThe PM explained that those who fraudulently claimed the cash would be punished, while those who mistakenly claimed it would simply have to pay the money back.