For now, the new wage subsidy program will cost $71 billion.
Effectively, the CERB will now cost $40 billion, up from $15 billion.
The $3.8 billion program will provide up to $25,000 in subsidies per employer.
Ottawa will spend up to $27 billion supporting individual Canadians and businesses.
In 2009, regular EI benefits surged by 43.4 per cent or nearly $5.0 billion.
A GAI would likely require large-scale lay-offs of bureaucrats to achieve substantial administrative savings—a move that would obviously face strong internal political opposition.