BUDGET CUTS 2012

How About Stimulating the Poor AND the Economy

Debts and deficits, the reasoning goes, are more important than combating unemployment or poverty. It is an either/or choice. It's not. The imperative is both a moral one -- to help the poor, help youth facing an uncertain job market, and help the unemployed -- and an economic one as helping these groups ultimately foster economic growth.

There's Nothing Canadian About This Budget

Whether it's marginalizing low-income seniors by increasing the qualifying age for OAS, or cutting funds to regional development programs that create jobs, or not announcing any new funding for affordable housing -- when the existing program funds are set to expire soon -- this budget is simply wrongheaded, misguided, prejudicial, and disconnected from the needs of Canadians.
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Katima-Cut

It should come as no surprise that the Harper Conservatives used their first majority-government budget to kill the Katimavik program. The government did so because Katimavik's mandate is to engage youth and foster community, and the Conservatives don't support these goals.
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Where Budget Cuts May Hit Hardest

A national research group says Atlantic Canada will lose a disproportionate number of jobs as the federal government cuts the civil service. David MacDonald wrote the report for the Canadian Centre...