CONSERVATIVE DO-NOTHING BUDGET FAILS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF FAMILIES
February 12th, 2014 - 3:12pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – Conservatives are once again putting their own interests first in their latest budget. They have delayed implementing real help for families until 2015 -- when it serves their political ends best -- and are bullying provinces into accepting their views, in particular concerning skills training.
“While families are struggling to make ends meet, the Conservatives are playing petty politics by delaying important measures until next year, simply because it’s an electoral year. Flaherty is going to have to explain to families why they’ll have to wait until 2015 to get a helping hand. The NDP had proposed practical, low-cost solutions that would have helped give families a fair break right now”, said MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois-Salaberry).
In the latest budget, Minister Flaherty is attempting once again to unilaterally reduce funding for skills training and has announced that he will go ahead with his plan with or without the approval of provinces.
“New Democrats believe that provinces must be respected and consulted. Unfortunately, this budget will probably evoke negative reactions from Quebec’s political class. Especially since we expected answers on important issues to Quebecers such as rail safety, affordable housing and homelessness. The Conservative budget does not even attempt to address these issues and provides very few details. We are truly disappointed”, added Anne Minh-Thu Quach.
"The $ 305 million over five years to expand and improve broadband internet service available in rural and northern communities seemed to promise a better situation for many rural municipalities in the constituency. It is very disappointing to see that Conservatives have chosen to allocate a meager $1 million for 2014-2015, and no efforts has been made to reduce the price paid by consumers," says Anne Quach.
The NDP advocates eagerly for a more affordable life for Canadians. Only one of our proposals has managed to be in this budget: eliminating the practice of charging billing fees for paper invoicing. We have to wait and see if the Conservatives will ever act on it.