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Nothing for Northern Ontario in Federal budget, says Opposition

Tuesday, February 11, 2014   by: Staff
Conservative do-nothing budget fails to address the needs of Northern Ontarians
OTTAWA – Instead of taking action to help Canadians who are struggling to make ends meet, the Conservatives’ do-nothing budget cynically withholds any real assistance until 2015 when the Conservatives can profit most.
“Telling Canadians who need help now to wait until 2015 is disappointing and opportunistic. We hoped the Conservatives would finally put partisanship aside and put Canadians first,” said Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair.
“Budgets are about priorities. It’s very telling that the Conservatives would rather attack public servants, environmental groups, unions – anyone who dares to criticize their short-sighted policies – than help Canadians.”
New Democrats were glad to see some long overdue investment to expand access to rural broadband in order to start to close the digital divide faced by too many rural and remote Canadians.
The Conservatives ignored the NDP’s practical, low-cost solutions, including reining in credit card rates; capping ATM fees; restoring the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes tax credit; and providing job creation tax credits for youth and small businesses.
“Over 300,000 more Canadians are unemployed today than before the recession, our forestry sector has been devastated and life in the North has become less affordable,” said NDP Northern Caucus Chair Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury). “This budget is another Conservative disappointment for the people of Northern Ontario and all Canadians.”


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fbm 2/11/2014 6:22:28 PM Report

What a shock the NDP didn't like the budget.Wait until next budget when there will be more than 300,000 unemployed because retailers need to increase emplyees wages.They can't afford to increase wages so the Retailer cuts their hours and finaly needs to let them go. Why?? because the manufacture had to increase their costs and pass it along to the store owners who in turn passes it on to us.
Hey but no problem the NDP will lobby for another increase and on it goes.
Gurpy 2/11/2014 6:27:54 PM Report

Face it! Us pathetic northerners do not count! Some things just never change!
OMGWTF 2/11/2014 6:48:38 PM Report

Another fine Hayes moment as our rep in Ottawa. Zip, nada, zilch are words we are now too familiar with during his seat warming days in Parliament.
soowat 2/11/2014 6:50:47 PM Report

Given how the budget negatively affects me, I am an even more dedicated Harpo Hater
dust2 2/11/2014 7:02:53 PM Report

This is one of the worst passive aggressive conservative hating articles I've ever seen. This looks like it was written by a bitter sixteen year old.
Gurpy 2/11/2014 7:22:46 PM Report

He`s back!!!!!!!(dust) Lol
Lone24 2/11/2014 7:37:39 PM Report

Canadian government is sounding more and more like Obama.{ OHBUMMER}
justsomeguy 2/11/2014 7:57:56 PM Report

Just more of the same grandstanding from the NDP.

As the next election draws closer we can expect to see more of the same chest beating and feigned outrage.

bbcat 2/11/2014 9:40:15 PM Report

northern Ontario needs to be a separate providence.lets start a petition, there must be one lawyer who can help us
justsomeguy 2/11/2014 10:02:27 PM Report

If northern ontario splits into it's own province then I'm definitely leaving. I haven't seen one even partially competent form of leadership across any level of government in the north.

I still maintain that it would be a very rough go.
justsomeguy 2/11/2014 10:03:53 PM Report

bbcat - it would take much, much more than a petition to split. It would take some major legislation changes and correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this need to be a unanimous vote in parliament?
dust2 2/11/2014 10:44:51 PM Report

our budget would be awful, we'd have close to only a million people in the new "split" province, who knows how many of those are employed. In addiction, I imagine we would have a lower income overall compared to southern ontario.

if the roads are bad now, I can't see them getting better with less money
Knight44 2/12/2014 1:17:52 AM Report

No, it wouldn't require unanimous support in parliament, but it would require a constitutional amendment, meaning it would be nearly impossible to achieve.

Economist David Robinson at Laurentian has does some good work on the economic feasibility of Ontario as a separate province. It would be at least as feasible as a province like, say, New Brunswick, but it would probably have to rely heavily upon equalization transfers when commodity prices are low.

Despite this, there are just too many political roadblocks for the idea to be taken seriously.
justsomeguy 2/12/2014 8:27:20 AM Report

@ Knight44 - New Brunswick is struggling as a province and has been for years. Their federal equalization payments per capita are much higher than that of Ontario's.

A big issue with NB is the distribution of population across the region, much like northern Ontario.

Knight44 2/12/2014 10:10:36 AM Report

New Brunswick also received $2.4 Billion in federal transfers from the federal government last year - nearly one-third of its entire budget.

This is not to mention that New Brunswick doesn't have anywhere near the resource potential that Northern Ontario does.

I'm not suggesting that it would be a beacon of prosperity, just that it's far more sustainable than people seem to think, and that when federal transfer payments are factored in, it would probably bring in significantly more revenue per annum than it presently receives from the province of Ontario through public spending.

Again though, this is all really an academic point, as there is essentially no chance of any of this ever happening.

justsomeguy 2/12/2014 11:09:20 AM Report

Knight44 - several of the mines in northern Ontario are also struggling. Mineral prices are dropping. It's a feast-or-famine economic model.
The new northern province's economy would be predicted on federal payment dependent model. Basing a province's sustainability in large part on payments from the federal government seems like a bad idea to me.

Keep in mind that currently the north doesn't have to support a full government with ministries, programs, etc. A huge portion of the federal payments would have to go to supporting the new province's own government costs - the tax base is so small it probably couldn't generate enough money in taxes to pay for that alone.

A northern province is possible, but then again it's possible for me to swim across Lake Superior. Doesn't mean it's feasible or a good idea.

I think a northern province would be fraught with problems and would be based on hopes & expectations.
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