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The Liberal Government has stated they want to build a strong middle class, but who comprises the middle class? Mr. Morneau in his 2017 budget speech stated, "All Canadians must pay their fair share of taxes," but what is a "fair share"? Let's do the math and find out.
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In this week's headlines we learn that U.S. President Donald Trump is proceeding to present a budget according to his "America First" policy.
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The City of Toronto is currently being asked to make a 2.6 per cent cut on public health, recreation, transit, childcare, affordable housing and everything else. This would almost certainly mean a reduction in services that promote health and well-being. Blanket cuts may balance the books, but the impacts are not equitable.
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The Liberals promised a "leaner, more agile" military, raising concerns over the size of the military. With our current commitment and the promised renewal of UN peacekeeping missions, Canadian soldiers will not be able to sustain such a high operational tempo, let alone if we slash our military numbers.
The Canadian Forces will once again have to wait to receive new much-needed equipment. Whether it is new fighter aircraft, ships or vehicles, the federal budget has postponed more than $3.7 billion in military spending until 2020 -- or later. As a matter of fact, the latest federal budget is another slap to the Canadian Forces' face. Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the Liberals are postponing defence spending to figure out defence priorities.
The CBC is suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country's music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it's already happening.
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver has re-affirmed his government's commitment to balance its books, two days after the federal budget watchdog warned a slower-than-expected economy will keep Ottawa...
The big spending on the income splitting tax break, combined with the impact of lower oil prices has already left only a razor-thin balance and the Parliamentary Budget Officer predicts the budget will slip back into deficit in the next few years. Since it is no secret that this budget sets the stage for the upcoming federal election it is time for us to take a long hard look at the people we elect. We should not allow ourselves to be tricked by tax cut treats but think about who offers a plan for the future. Legacies take guts.
Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.
“There’s nothing here that suggests anything visionary or comprehensive or actually strategic,” says Green party leader.
A look at how the 2015 budget will affect Canadians, whether you're single, married or retired
But the new money comes with a catch, of course.
OTTAWA - The Harper government is promising to spend more on the day-to-day-upkeep of the military, but the cash does not kick in for two years and is short of what the parliamentary budget office say...
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When a government underspends to the extent we are seeing with the Harper government, the estimates become unreliable. Parliamentarians aren't able to find out how much the government is actually spending until months after the end of the fiscal year. As a result, they can't inform the public about what programs and services have been diminished in time to make a difference. The way the underspending scheme stifles debate reminds me of the Harper government's omnibus legislation, except it's even worse.
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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed earlier this year on how across-the-board budget cuts hurt public service morale, productivity and citizen satisfaction.The memorandum — headlined "D...
Tim Hudak had no plan to address this pension crisis and the provincial Conservatives are, in fact, out of the picture on this issue. There is very little disagreement between the Ontario Liberals and the Ontario NDP when it comes to the need to restructure existing federal and provincial retirement coverage, with or without federal impetus.
Climate change has emerged as the single most important issue of our time, and it is nothing short of baffling that this government has chosen to bury its head in the sand and hope it goes away. Not only has the Harper government ignored the issue, but it has also gone to great lengths to suppress further research and any meaningful remedial or mitigating action. When Stephen Harper took office in 2006, he promised that we would not recognize Canada when he was done with it. He is on-track to keep that promise. For the sake of my grandchildren and all of us Muggles, I hope that Canadians prove him wrong in 2015.
OTTAWA - Already under fire for the closure of eight regional Veterans Affairs offices, the Conservative government is now facing a fresh barrage of criticism for changes to a national home-care progr...
REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is frustrated that the federal government is scrapping the Immigrant Investor Program for all provinces except Quebec.Wall said he knows Ottawa had concerns abo...
OTTAWA - Defence officials call it the "options analysis" phase — and following the Harper government's postponement of $3.1 billion in military equipment spending, the bureaucratic buzz phrase is lik...
QUEBEC - Quebec has given a thumbs down to the new federal budget.Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau says it doesn't advance any of the issues the province has been negotiating with the federal governme...
The NDP is calling for National Revenue Minister Gail Shea to defend cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency in the wake of leaked information that 450 Canadians are using tax havens. Murray Rankin, the Ne...
OTTAWA - A new analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the federal government has misrepresented cuts to the public service, and predicts there will be more job losses than adve...
OTTAWA - The federal budget axe may be chopping away at citizens' right to information about government, a parliamentary watchdog warns.Suzanne Legault, information commissioner of Canada, says her of...
Federal budgets in Canada can be massive documents, outlining the country's plans to slash spending, raise taxes and deal with a annual spending of more than $250 billion. They're also political docum...
Reaction to the Harper government's 2013 federal budget came fast on the (new) heels of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's appearance in the House of Commons, where he delivered the budget speech Thursda...
As an economic slowdown bites into government revenue, the anti-tax hike Conservatives will resort to slashing more programs in Thursday’s budget to balance the books by 2015. But why are the Tories s...
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered his eighth budget Thursday afternoon, a document he described as balancing job growth measures with spending cuts meant to balance the budget by 2015. Flaherty...
OTTAWA - FIVE WAYS THE FEDERAL BUDGET MAY AFFECT YOU1. If you play sports, equipment might be cheaper.The government is eliminating the tariff on imported sports equipment. That could save you anywher...
OTTAWA — The federal government wants to slash prices on imported baby clothes, golf clubs and hockey equipment, but it plans to raise the cost of fine-cut tobacco and chewing tobacco to discourage co...
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons. Here are the prepared remarks. Mr. Speaker, I rise to present Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013. A plan for jobs, g...
OTTAWA - The federal government has confirmed it will play a long-term role in affordable housing, ending several years of uncertainty over whether Ottawa would continue helping low-income families pa...