Federal Budget 2012

CP

Flaherty Hasn't Slain the Deficit Yet

Mr. Flaherty may indeed eliminate the deficit in 2015-16 as planned. We hope he does. But his plan as conceived still contains considerable risk that shouldn't be ignored. More conservative revenue forecasts and lower program spending would reduce these risks and help to ensure he can deliver on his promise.
CP

We've Cut THIS Many Jobs!

OTTAWA - The federal government says 10,980 public service jobs have been cut since it introduced its last budget.Roughly 7,500 of those were eliminated through attrition.The March budget said 19,200...
CP

What the Omnibus Bill and XL Foods Have in Common

The Harper Conservatives are ramming another "omnibus" budget Bill (C-45) through Parliament. Coupled with "closure" to kill debate, it's all designed to be so humongous, convoluted and fast that no Parliament could possibly scrutinize the details and expose all the mistakes. (Sort of like the inspection system the Conservatives are responsible for at XL Foods -- a lot of contamination got through.)
CP

Here We Go Again

OTTAWA - Canada's parliamentary engine sputtered back to life with a hyper-partisan bang Monday as the Conservatives sought to tarnish New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair with a plan to impose a carbon ta...
CP

Bill C-38: The Tories' Soiled Green

Nearly half of Bill C-38 is directed at rewriting Canada's foundational environmental laws. Putting all this in a fast-track budget bill, with time allocation on debate, and heading to the Finance Committee, is a direct assault on the principles of parliamentary democracy.
CP

New Environmental Rules Buried In Budget

OTTAWA - The federal government has submerged a thorough overhaul to Canada's environmental protections in a much broader piece of legislation — ensuring its speedy passage but further alienating envi...
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The Cuts: Round Two

OTTAWA - A second round of major cuts to the public sector is slicing off the hands that serve the public and the heads that serve the federal government.The Public Service Alliance of Canada said Wed...
CP

Why the 2012 Budget Is the Worst in Canada's History

The most serious threat to our future is the climate crisis. A responsible government would be working to reduce fossil fuel dependence and maximize jobs in energy efficiency retrofits, conservation, and investments in renewable energy. This budget does not even mention climate change.

This Budget, Old People Be Damned

I was thinking of my grandfather on March 29 when the Conservative government announced in the budget that it will raise the Old Age Security (OAS) benefits from age 65 to 67. We do have a looming pension crisis in Canada, not because people are retiring too early, but because their combined pension and investment income will still see them retiring into poverty.
PC

The Budget Goes West

From the perspective of the three westernmost provinces, there were some promising measures in the latest budget: Outside pressure from over-zealous environmentalists and the current regulatory framework threaten to undermine productivity in the resource sector. The budget attempts to streamline the process. It also attempts to help with Western labor shortage through immigration reform.
alamy

The Budget's Love Affair With Big Oil

Everyone knows that there are always winners and losers come federal budget time. Thursday's budget, however,was built on the emerging dynamic in federal politics where Big Oil wins big time at the expense of all Canadians -- our health, our right to open and democratic debate, and our pocketbooks.
CP

Mulcair Caters To Quebec On Budget

OTTAWA - Thomas Mulcair's New Democrats are moving to reclaim the opposition spotlight in the House of Commons after being overshadowed by the tiny Liberal team during their marathon leadership contes...
alamy

Non-cents! Pennies To Go Away

OTTAWA -- There may still be pennies from heaven, but they won't be coming from the mint much longer. The humble one-cent piece is set to disappear from Canadian pockets, a victim of inflation. Thursd...
CP/Alamy

OAS Eligibility Age RAISED

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered a budget today that cut less than the government warned, but didn't spare Old Age Security from planned changes while also taking on civil service and MP pensio...
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Budget: No Plans For New Prisons

OTTAWA - The federal budget promises no new prisons will be built, and says branches of Canada's security apparatus will face $688 million in spending cuts between now and 2015.The move comes despite...