The Conservative 2011 Federal Budget is ‘not enough’ reasons for Harper to stay in power, rather it is another Conservative spit in our face as taxpayers, citizens. It looks more like an attempt to stay in power over any valid fiscal remedies for the real major problems facing all Canadians. The budget is favouring Harper’s pet projects over Canadians’ priorities. “The needs of most Canadians are neglected due to reckless spending on Conservative pet projects” . “Canadians should be warned: deep spending cuts that will affect the services they need are on the horizon. The government isn’t revealing where the pain is going to come.”
“The Harper government has yet again tabled a fiscal plan that doesn’t deal with the tough issues of the day. How will we deal with aging infrastructure and high youth unemployment, a shrinking workforce and uncertain pensions? The government’s response seems to be that these are our problems, not theirs.””The ultimate test of a government budget is that it should make life better for Canadian citizens—on that measure, this budget represents a failed state,”Budgets are about choices, they reflect a government’s values and priorities. Federal budget tosses crumbs to Canadians, bread to Harper’s pet projects http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The New federal Budget increase for seniors or Canada’s poor persons, is certainly ‘not enough’ and there is very little of tangible, positive substance new here—either on valid spending to create jobs or tax cuts. At most, it includes a lot of bits and pieces clearly in a bad politically opportunistic bid for the conservatives to falsely stay in power. It is a job-killing budget that provides little hope for Canada’s over 1.5 million unemployed. Clearly also there isn’t much new in it to create jobs. It is a a budget that doesn’t provide anything for child care, affordable housing and nothing significant on health care, for Aboriginal Peoples or to reduce poverty.
- The main new measure here is a new non-refundable Family Caregiver Tax Credit of $2,000 proposed for 2012 for family members to take care of disabled dependents. After tax, this works out to $300.
- The budget also proposes to forgive a portion of the Canada Student Loans owed by family doctors, nurse practioners and nurses who practice in under-served rural or remote communities. Doctors could get up to $8,000 a year in loan forgiveness up to a maximum of $40,000 while nurses would get half this amount.
The budget signals ongoing major shifts in the tax load: corporate tax revenues are expected to shrink to less than 13 per cent of federal revenues within five years, down from 16 per cent when Harper Conservatives came to power. Meanwhile, federal revenues from personal income taxes will rise to almost 50 per cent of total federal revenues: that’s up from approximately 40 per cent 25 years ago.
The Harper Conservatives’ 2011 federal budget reads like a laundry list full of relatively small measures: extensions of some programs, a few new programs, half efforts, more boutique tax cuts, and tinkering with taxes and tax loopholes.
The budget it doesn’t address any of the big issues or priorities of Canadians in any substantial way: health care, unemployment, making Canada’s tax system fairer for Canadian families, or reducing Canada’s infrastructure deficit. At the same time, the budget signals steep cuts in federal program spending in order to pay for the cost of their corporate tax cuts. http://cupe.ca/budget/budget-2011-overview-summary
.. do get leaders who care about the citizens welfare firstly
and fire all of the alcoholics
Harper now next had lied when he said he and his government was rejected because of his bad budget.. Harper’s own non parlamentary, non democratic dicatgorial approach was what was rejected..
Once a liar always a liar too.