'Election-ready' federal budget fails to address long term



    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director
Ken Neumann said that Monday's Conservative federal budget doesn't do enough
to address the continuing drain of jobs in manufacturing and the forest
industry, and fails to address the most pressing concerns of Canada's working
families.
    "This is a budget by a government looking solely at the short-term, with
continued corporate tax cuts and a complete failure to understand the role
government must play to strengthen the nation's industrial base," said
Neumann. "The corporate tax incentives to invest in new plants and equipment
are welcome news but still too little too late for many Canadians whose entire
communities have been literally wiped off the map by runaway companies."
    Neumann said the increase in limits to Registered Education Savings Plans
only highlights the failure to take any steps toward making college and
university tuition affordable for working families.
    "We are being conditioned to expect less from government. What Harper and
Flaherty have presented to Canadians is an election platform, not a budget for
the future."
    Neumann also added Steelworkers' voice to the disappointment expressed by
the USW's strategic alliance partner, ACTRA, over the government's continued
failure to provide support for Canada's film and television industry.
    "Actors are workers too," he said. "Our governments need to support
industries that build the nation as well as those that tell our stories
through film and television."





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For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 558-2510


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