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Harper focuses on friends, ignores growing inequality: NDP

Thursday, March 29, 2012   by: Staff


Conservative budget slashes health care, pensions

Stephen Harper promised to create jobs, instead he slashes vital services Canadians rely on

OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair today slammed Stephen Harper’s Conservatives for introducing a budget that recklessly cuts the vital services that Canadians rely on - such as Old Age Security and health care.

“Stephen Harper promised jobs and growth, but delivered reckless cuts. There’s nothing on jobs, nothing on inequality and nothing to strengthen our front-line health services. ” Mulcair said. “Mr. Harper is once again looking out for his friends, while he ignores growing inequality.”

The budget outlines the Conservative plan to raise the OAS eligibility age from 65 to 67, forcing seniors to work two years longer to make ends meet.

It also unilaterally changes the funding formula for federal health transfers, short-changing provinces by a whopping $31 billion, opening the door to privatization and two-tier health care.

“The Conservatives ran an entire election campaign without saying a word to Canadians about their plans to cut OAS or health transfers,” Mulcair said. “Clearly Mr. Harper is not a man of his word.”

As recently as last June, Mr. Harper solemnly stated in the House of Commons: “We will not cut pensions. We will not cut transfers to the provinces for major programs such as health care.”

Mulcair said New Democrats would oppose the Conservative budget unless it was amended to focus on the priorities of Canadians.

New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to increase targeted incentives to create good jobs, protect retirement security and provide the stable funding necessary to allow provinces to hire more doctors and nurses.

“This budget attacks the very institutions that make Canada what it is,” Mulcair said. “Conservatives want to balance the books on the backs of seniors who can’t retire with dignity, and families without a family doctor. New Democrats will hold them accountable for that.”

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3rd times a charm 3/29/2012 7:33:07 PM Report

Well, I find it hard to believe that anyone would be surprised by this.

We all know hitler/harpo's plan.

Time to stand up people before we're all in a concentration camp...oops, sorry, super jails..
I'm In 3/29/2012 9:16:08 PM Report

It's now time for the poor and middle class working people to shut the COUNTRY DOWN, instead of being happy on payday.
learningaswego 3/29/2012 9:58:36 PM Report

What nonsense - are those NDP morons even on the same planet as us?
scottstewy123 3/30/2012 12:03:52 AM Report

I thought this budget was a fair and balanced. Many countrys are increasing the age to retirement.Getting rid of the penny is a good idea. And I like the fact theat Members of Parliment have to pay more and wait longer for there pensions.Yes some lay offs have to come but i do not believe this federal budget is unfair.
freedom1 3/30/2012 6:04:51 AM Report

another conservative promise broken.
cutting $115 million from cbc because cbc is the news that actually investigates the government. cutting money to elections canada because they are the ones investigating the conservatives robocalls. I hope the cbc cuts Don Cherry
freedom1 3/30/2012 6:07:00 AM Report

when are the poor people going to stop voting for the rich party?
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