Fraser says a theme in this budget is ensuring all Canadians have a fair shot at success and not just the wealthy. He says that includes moving towards a national pharmacare program, and the Canada Workers Benefit which puts more money in the pockets of low income workers, and measures in gender equity.
Fraser says there’s also provisions in the document for Atlantic Canada.
Fraser says there’s also 75 million dollars funding for preventative measures in forestry to ensure the spruce budworm doesn’t wipe out our forests.
The Federal Budget announced on Wednesday came as welcome news to new parents wanting a longer maternity or paternity leave. The government announced that parents can now take an 18 month leave or a 12 month parental leave while utilizing Employment Insurance benefits.
Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey says this campaign promise by the Liberals is welcome news to families throughout the country. He says this gives families more flexibility to spend time with their newborns, and not feeling rushed to return to work:
7 billion dollars will be invested over 10 years to help Canadians with their Child care costs. This change, however, means EI benefits will have to be stretched more, as a 12 month parental leave pays 55% of weekly earnings, while an 18 month leave results in a 33 % average weekly earnings.
The announcement of Wednesday’s Federal Budget is good news for one local MP. Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova Says this budget will greatly benefit the people within his riding in a number of ways.
One key highlight for Fraser is money being put towards health care, particularly with equalization payments in the province. Fraser says investments in healthcare is what he is most excited about.
Fraser sees a number of investments that will assist in the Atlantic Growth Strategy money put towards innovation, infastructure, immigration, trade and transportation as well as environmental investments.