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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reaction to Federal Budget

Regional | by Bayshore News Staff  

Conservatives to fall on document, election in May

Conservative MP Larry Miller says he is happy to go on the campaign trail over the new Federal budget.

NDP Leader Jack Layton says he'll vote against the document, and that means all three opposition parties will vote to defeat it -- forcing an election, likely in early May.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's new budget contains a few items designed to appeal to voters.

It includes a home energy retrofit program, tax credits for caregivers and tiny tax breaks for kids' art classes and tutoring.

The budget also sets aside about 300 million dollars to boost benefits for the poorest of low-income single seniors by up to 600 dollars a year, or 840 dollars a year for low-income senior couples.

Layton says those figures are not enough for him to support the budget.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller calls Layton's move 'politics trumping fiscal management'.

Miller supports the help for seniors and is glad to see a 450 dollar tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

Ottawa also says it will make the 2 billion dollar gas tax fund permanent, providing infrastructure money to municipalities.

Meanwhile, Cambridge MP and Minister of state for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear is disappointed the Opposition has decided to vote against the budget.

Goodyear says Layton hasn't taken the time to read all the details and he hopes he has a change of heart this week.



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