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Budget has no measures to grow jobs, address youth unemployment: Bob Rae

Thursday, March 29, 2012   by: Staff



Conservatives present a jobless, divisive budget to Canadians

OTTAWA - The Conservatives have saddled Canadians with a divisive budget that fails to make real investments in job creation, and short-changes baby-boomers and seniors, said Liberals today.

“After Canada experienced zero job growth during the last six months, we expected this budget to have one focus – jobs,” said Liberal Leader Bob Rae. “Unfortunately, this budget has no real measures to grow jobs, and address youth unemployment and Canada’s skills shortage. Moreover, it will worsen income inequality by increasing the qualifying age for the Old Age Security from 65 to 67, and by failing to make tax credits refundable for family caregivers, volunteer firefighters, children’s activities and the disability tax credit.”

In addition to cuts to the Old Age Security, Budget 2012 makes deep ideological cuts to the CBC, the Chief Electoral Officer, the Canadian International Development Agency and Regional Economic Development Agencies.

Meanwhile, the government is imposing growing costs on the provinces, territories and municipalities while spending hundreds of millions of dollars on polling, advertising, bigger jails and expensive fighter jets.

“This is a budget of division that not only pits one generation against another, but also prosperous regions against regions that are suffering,” said Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison. “For example, in Atlantic Canada, this Conservative budget kills the Atlantic Investment Tax Credit, and cuts the Department of Fisheries and Oceans by $79 million a year and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency by 19 percent of its operating budget. Federal budgets should bring our country together, not pit one region against another.”


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learningaswego 3/29/2012 10:17:56 PM Report

As long as you don't like it, Boob - we can rest assured that it is good for Canada, and the right thing to do.

So please, Boob, diss the budget all you like, with your buddy the new DipHead Mulecar.
JMMM 3/29/2012 11:10:41 PM Report

Harper budget eliminates national ecoENERGY Retrofit (devastates energy savings industry)

In Budget 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper failed to renew the federal ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. This will result in reduced levels of energy conservation, and immediate job losses in every Canadian community.

Just because Canada is blessed with energy, doesn’t mean we should waste it.

Homeowners in provinces that still have some form of provincial home energy retrofit incentive program will no longer have the support of the federal government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. In Ontario, homeowners get nothing - they no longer have access to either a federal or provincial home retrofit incentive program.

With Canada poised to invest billions in new energy projects like oil sands, nuclear and wind farms, Harper’s actions are devastating. Hundreds of energy savings companies will be forced to downsize, lay off staff, or shut down altogether.

Energy efficiency should be at the top of Canada’s energy and jobs agenda, not the bottom.
XtraKrusty 3/30/2012 7:48:24 AM Report

Silly Bob Rae
MANY of us still remember what life was like under your command. Teachers still remember Rae days......
Bob Rae will never be PM. liberals chose a very bad leader, i cant believe he is still in politics! Where does he get his support????
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