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February 11, 2009

Harper too slow to act on slumping economy

Harper too slow to act on slumping economy, Martin complains  TORONTO – Some of Canada’s former prime ministers did a little armchair quarterbacking on how the economy is being handled Tuesday as they convened for a taping of the CBC reality show, “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister.”

ALBERTA IS BEING HIT THE HARDEST..

 

” TORONTO – Anti-poverty activists want the Ontario government to invest billions of dollars in “social infrastructure and public programs” in its March budget.  The Canadian Press has obtained a draft copy of a report prepared for the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction that warns the poor will be hit harder than anyone by the recession.  The report, to be released Thursday, calls on the province to invest $2.4 billion this year and $2.6 billion next year on social programs, or roughly 2.7 per cent of Ontario’s gross domestic product.  It recommends a $100 monthly healthy food supplement to help adults on welfare or disability support payments, plus increased social assistance payments in the Ontario Child Benefit.  The report also calls for a new housing benefit to help low-income renters meet the high cost of housing, and says the province needs to build 7,500 new affordable child-care spaces.  Premier Dalton McGuinty had promised to start his government’s anti-poverty agenda with the spring budget, but also warned he won’t be able to go as far and as fast as first planned because of the economic downturn.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090211/national/ont_poverty_report

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