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Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says Canadians can't trust the Liberal government when it comes to the economy. (Photo: The Canadian Press)New Democrat finance critic Guy Caron says the government has to cut taxes for small business, a promise that fell by the wayside in the first Liberal budget. Raitt — said to be contemplating a run for the leadership of the federal Conservatives —cites a growing crisis of confidence as unemployment creeps up, along with bankruptcy numbers. "Canadians have no reason to trust the Liberal government when it comes to Canada's economy," she said. "The Liberal government claimed that if it borrowed tens of billions of dollars, it could grow the economy and create jobs. In reality, the Liberals have failed to deliver results for middle-class families and the Canadian taxpayer will be left to pay the bill."
For his part, Caron said there must be easier access to EI benefits. "In light of these significant job losses, creating a universal qualifying threshold of 360 hours and reinstating the extra five-weeks program for all seasonal workers is more critical than ever and would significantly help areas like Atlantic Canada." NDP jobs critic Nike Ashton urged the government to fulfil a campaign promise to offer EI premium breaks to employers who hire young people. That pledge also didn't make it into the spring budget.
"They should stop consulting and start making decisions."
Youth can't wait: Ashton
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