OTTAWA â€“ Canadians have been waiting for a budget from Ottawa that is focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class â€“ not just the wealthiest few. After a decade of deficits and mismanagement, Canadaâ€™s middle class families are working harder but falling further behind.
"This last Conservative budget splurges billions of dollars on Canada's wealthiest citizens and does almost nothing for hard-working middle-class families that are struggling with record debt loads," said NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster).
â€œInstead of measures to help more Canadians get ahead, Conservatives are taking Canada in the wrong direction and playing politics ahead of the election,â€� added NDP MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby).
The budgetâ€™s transit and infrastructure proposals are limited and create red tape that prevents funds from getting into the hands of municipalities. The Conservativeâ€™s proposal also falls short of the NDPâ€™s promise of permanent, stable and predictable transit funding.
â€œBritish Columbians know that only New Democrats are making recommendations to improve their lives,â€� said NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster â€“ Coquitlam). â€œThe only good ideas in this budget are NDP ideas.â€�
Tom Mulcair and the NDP are fighting for small business, families and to grow the economy while protecting our environment. New Democrats will stand up for Canadian families because Canadaâ€™s economy isnâ€™t strong without a strong and growing middle class.
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