â€œWhile families are struggling to make ends meet, the Conservatives are playing petty politics by delaying important measures until next year, simply because itâ€™s an electoral year. Mr Flaherty is going to have to explain to families why theyâ€™ll have to wait until 2015 to get a helping hand ,â€� said Official Opposition deputy Finance critic, Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette--TÃ©miscouata--Les Basques).
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.
â€œNew Democrats believe that provinces must be respected and consulted. Unfortunately, this budget will probably evoke negative reactions from Quebecâ€™s political class. The NDP had proposed practical, low-cost solutions that would have helped give families a fair break right now. We are truly disappointed,â€� added NDP Quebec caucus chair, Robert Aubin (Trois-RiviÃ¨res).