OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - In a week that saw the National
Association of Women and the Law forced to close its doors because of funding
cuts and the announcement of drastic funding cuts at Environment Canada that
threaten environmental monitoring programs and the Canadian Wildlife Service,
Canadians should question the Harper Government's constant refrain that
budgetary surpluses should be directed towards tax cuts.
The government announced on Thursday that it will use part of its nearly
$14 billion budget surplus to fund $725 million in tax cuts - an amount that
adds up to about $35 for every taxpayer.
"Thursday's announcement is one more example that shows the Harper
government's budgetary policy is out of touch with the views of Canadians,
including the members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. We all want
more services not less," says John Gordon, National President of the PSAC.
In the face of such a huge surplus it seems only fair to question this
government's history of program cuts, including:
- eliminating the court challenges program
- closing regional offices and cutting funding for advocacy and research
programs sponsored by the Status of Women Canada
- eliminating funding for the Canadian Policy Research Networks
- backing out of federal-provincial childcare agreements
Increased spending is part of the solution not part of the problem. This
fact becomes clearer with each passing day as government neglect of its
infrastructure puts the health and safety of citizens at risk.
The situation is no better when it comes to Canada's social
infrastructure. Here too, the federal government can and should do more to
meet the legitimate needs of its citizens. Rather than offering piece-meal tax
cuts, the PSAC says the government should be taking on national priorities
like publicly-funded pharmacare, childcare programs, literacy and more
resources - not less - directed at levelling the playing field for Aboriginal
For further information:
For further information: Denis Boivin, PSAC Communications, (613)
222-4617 (cell no.)