Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:42

SW Sask., SE Alta. opposition MPs not impressed with March 22 federal budget

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David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands is deeply concerned about the effect Budget 2017 will have on the families and businesses of Cypress Hills—Grasslands.

Unveiled by the Liberal Government March 22, the Budget promises billions in new spending and taxes. Anderson feels it is just the latest example of the Liberals’ disconnect from the issues that are relevant to average Canadians.

“During the election campaign the Liberals promised that they would not run massive deficits,” said Anderson. “They broke that promise last year and have now chosen to double down on spending. They are growing the size of government at record speed and it is making life more difficult for the average Canadian.”

“Justin Trudeau’s so-called economic development has not worked,” continued Anderson. “This budget has little to do with regular Canadians except that they will be stuck with the bill.”

Anderson made note of several features of the Budget that will negatively affect Cypress Hills—Grasslands, including:

•    Increasing the deficit from $23 billion to $29 billion in 2017-2018, with no plan to balance the budget until 2055. Liberal debt will accumulate to more than $1.5 trillion by 2045; 

•    No assistance for Canadians to prepare for Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, which at the start will cost agriculture producers $10-15 per acre and will increase. This will cost a 3,000-acre farm $30-50,000 per year; 

•    While the Liberals talk about innovation, much of that money is simply recycled Conservative commitments and policy. 
As Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture, Anderson is particularly concerned with a lack of support for the industry.

“The Liberals claim to identify Agri-Food as one of their priorities, but the money they’re putting into the Agri-Food “supercluster” is money that is recycled from Budget 2016,” said Anderson.

The Budget also revokes the tax credit insurance companies received for supplying insurance to farmers and fishermen, increasing the cost of insurance to farmers and decreasing interest in private insurance plans.
Perhaps the most detrimental to agriculture producers is a plan to eliminate the tax deferral for farm income.

Anderson’s portfolio on Human Rights and Religious Freedom was also neglected.

“There is no commitment to human rights and protecting the most vulnerable around the world,” he said.
“It all amounts to another monumental disappointment for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Western Canada. The hole this Government is digging will only get bigger as they continue to force higher taxes and massive spending, as well as a carbon tax on Canadians.”

The MP representing south central and southeast Alberta wasn't impressed either. 

“Once again, Trudeau`s Liberals continue to borrow money and raise taxes on hardworking Canadian families, businesses, and students,” Member of Parliament Glen Motz stated following the budget presentation. “But let’s be very clear - all of this borrowed money has to be paid back by the taxpayer.”

Motz added, “The Liberals have proven that they do not care about regular hardworking people. Their last plan failed to grow the economy, failed to create the jobs it promised, and their infrastructure plan is in shambles. It appears that Budget 2017 is no different.”

The Medicine-Hat-Cardston-Warner MP commented that it is sad, as Liberal programs won’t help the vast majority of Canadian workers and businesses who now face much more intense competition from a low-cost, low-tax United States.
“Canadians deserve solutions to the challenges they face right now, not expensive programs for years down the road,” he said. “But the Conservative Opposition will continue to be the voice of the taxpayer and we will not stay silent while Justin Trudeau nickel-and-dimes Canadians.”

Budget 2017 hikes taxes on:

➢ Public transit users (1.8 million Canadians);

➢    Uber and ride sharing; 

➢    Beer and wine

➢    Donated medicines

➢    Child care                                                                                     

➢    Small business owners (farmers, fishers, doctors, lawyers, accountants etc.)

➢    Oil and gas companies

➢    Tourism

Justin Trudeau already raised taxes on Canadians by:

➢    Hiking taxes on gasoline and home heating;

➢    Increasing taxes on Canadians' savings accounts;

➢    Implementing more payroll taxes for businesses; and

➢    Ending tax breaks for children's soccer and piano lessons.

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