Vacant jobs, virus fears spark debate over what do to with emergency COVID benefits

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on, some businesses have raised concerns over their ability to keep workers on staff due to shutdowns, but also due to government benefits and COVID anxiety keeping people at home.

And as the government looks to roll back some of these benefits, there are concerns that it’s too soon, as it’s unclear whether we’re approaching a true return to normal.

National Post political reporter Jesse Snyder joins Dave to discuss why businesses are worried about filling vacant jobs, why the government is rolling back benefits for workers and employers now, and what the political fallout could be.

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