There is nothing in this budget for public health care, childcare, poverty or homelessness, very little for the environment or for Aboriginal Canadians, nothing for the unemployed, working Canadians, nothing for women, nothing to improve public pensions, no long-term solutions for the municipal infrastructure deficit, and nothing for culture.
To fill the void of any significant positive initiatives, the budget contains dozens of different measures, re-announcements and repackaging of existing programs.
It also provides dozens of new tax breaks, virtually all for corporations and investors but with nothing to benefit working Canadians. The promotional centrepiece on the tax side is a new Tax-Free Savings Account, which provides yet another tax shelter for investment income. This will soon amount to billions in lost revenues – all in aid of the most affluent.
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Read more here , CUPE’s 2008 Federal Budget Summary
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