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Mixed reactions were received from Federal budget 2017 presented by Canada Finance Minister, Bill Morneau on Wednesday, media reports said.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s complain was the failure of the Government’s Second Budget to provide Life-Long Pensions for Veterans. He addted that Canadians had every right to be concerned about it because they were in desperate need of new ships for their Navy, new fighter aircraft for their Air Force.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said Morneau found a way to pay for the spending by taxing Uber and beer.
Ambrose in one of the posts in her facebook accounts said, “The reality is Justin Trudeau is focused on everything but regular Canadians’ top priorities. Speaking at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce breakfast to talk about how yesterday’s budget is nickel and diming Canadians. Justin Trudeau chose to put Canada deeper into debt and make Canadian taxpayers pay for it.”
Aaron Wudrick, Canadian Taxpayers Federation applauded the budget because he felt that it did not contain larger-than-expected deficits, like Budget 2016 did.
On the other hand it provided few specifics for its so-called innovation agenda.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation tweeted, “Generation Screwed @GenScrewedCdn
Yep, seems about right. #cdnpoli #Budget2017”
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) praised transit plan by recognizing cities’ role as nation-builders.
He tweeted, “A fair share for cities: Mayor @doniveson blogs about #Budget2017 and what it means for #YEG http://doniveson.ca/2017/03/22/fair-share-edmonton/ … #yegcc #ableg #CDNmuni”
FCM tweeted,” @doniveson at @CBCTheHouse discussing the game changing outcome of #Budget2017 for #CDNmuni. Hear the segment Saturday morning at 9 a.m.”
Joe Gunn, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) was really concerned about the absence of any initiatives on reducing poverty in Canada, climate change, and the concerns of refugees and newcomers.
Tweet by CPJ, “#Budget2017 takes positive steps for low-income Cdns, but the govt must also address their most urgent needs.”
CPJ tweeted, “Glad to see $27.7M for Yazidi refugees. Sadly, no $ for resettlement from other parts of the world. #Budget2017.”
Tweet by CPJ, “In #Budget2017 , Cdn govt follows through on climate plan based on consultations, but little $ will flow in 2017.”
Bilan Arte, Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) praised federal government’s thoughts on uplifting the student community.
CFS tweeted, “IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Students respond to #Budget2017: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2017/22/c5672.html … | #cfsfcee #bdgt17 #cdnpoli #hw #cdnpse #canlab #pnpcbc.”
Denise Amyot, College and Institutes Canada (CICan) also praised the budget’s concern for providing new skills and making the students community adaptable to new technological advances.
CICan tweeted,” We're excited to see the next generation in action @Americana2017 closing cocktail at 4. CICan #CleanTech Internship, it pays to be green.”
Chris Ramsaroop of Justicia for Migrant Workers, a grassroots advocacy group, said the budget failed to address the vulnerabilities of foreign workers in Canada.
Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty said the budget proved that Liberals had failed to understand Canada’s middle class adding that they should have given more support for creating jobs for young Canadians pointing out that in 2016, Canadians aged 15-24 had lost 42,000 full-time jobs.
Doherty tweeted, "Freedom is the right to be wrong..not do wrong" my colleague @tomkmiec continuing the fight to uphold democracy! #cpc #proc #cdnpoli.”
Garth Frizzell, Prince George City Councillor and Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board member was pleased with the promise of a national housing strategy.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said the budget did not promise new child care spaces, only the possibility of 40,000 but there is actually a need for hundreds of thousands of spaces nationwide.
The budget extended parental leave to 18 months by spreading 12 months worth of payments over that time. The budget did not include dedicated leave for the second parent nor did it show an increase in parental leave benefits for low-income earners to enable them to take leave.
Although the budget promised big investment in affordable housing, there were no measures in place to cool red-hot markets.
David Macdonald, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said that the spending outlined in this budget was only about half of that.
Money from the National Housing Fund is planned to ramp up slowly, from $141 million in 2018-19 to a high of $707 million in 2024-25, well after the next election.
Macdonald tweeted, “For timely, insightful analysis of #Budget2017 from @ccpa & our partners, click here: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/2017-federal-budget-analysis … … #bdgt17 #cdnpoli.”
“There’s a huge backlog in affordable housing. The wait lists in any big city are going to be massive,” he said, ReportCa.Net reports said.
“This will have an impact, $100 or $200 million, but a big push would require much more than that,” Macdonald said, ReportCa.Net reports said,
One of the posts of Canadian Construction Association says, “The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Saskatchewan HeavyConstruction Association and United Steelworkers Local 5890 are asking the federal government to not implement a countrywide carbon tax: http://glbn.ca/NwBAp7.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of Bill Morneau: twitter