Maritime seal hunt begins Sunday & Why the Green Party Cant Say Yes to the 2011 Budget
MPs debated Jim Flaherty's 2011 budget--a budget that reflects the lack of imagination, vision, or plan of the Conservative government.
Heres what we liked
$400 million to extend the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit program for one year.
$300 million to benefit low-income seniors.
$300 a year in Family Caregiver Tax Credits for family members looking after sick or disabled relatives.
Forgiving a portion of education loans for doctors and nurses if they work in rural and remote communities.
Heres what outright scared us
The budget doesnt even mention the $29.3 billion (Parliamentary Budget Office estimate) the Harper government plans to spend on 65 fighter jets.
Also unaccounted for is the estimated $9 billion for building new prisons that the Harper government is committed to--despite the fact that crime rates are falling!
Thats $40 billion of spending (as much as transfers to all the provinces or total support for seniors) thats missing from this budget. Thats not financially responsible.
And heres what made us roll our eyes
$400 million to support the nuclear industry but nothing to support alternative energy.
$1 billion in subsidies to oil and gas companies that already made a profit of over $8 billion in 2010.
$10 million for the Grey Cup and Calgary Stampede versus $2.5 million for the Great Lakes (which supply drinking water to 8.5 million Canadians) shows pretty clearly how much the current government values clean water.
Canada faces a triple deficit.
We have an economic deficit, an ecological deficit, and a social deficit, said Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
While there are a number of small, but welcome, changes in this years budget, overall, the government has missed the chance to address these growing deficits.The government is still in denial about the structural deficit.
A government serious about eliminating the economic deficit would not continue to cut corporate tax rates.
as The annual harp seal hunt is about to begin. Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced Friday the hunt will start Sunday at 6 a.m. for all sealers from the Gulf, Maritimes and Magdelan Islands ...
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#1 Mar 26, 2011
#2 Mar 26, 2011
Mmmmmm...yummy...seals taste good with potatoes and gravy.
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