Small budget misses big picture

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The minority Conservative government has
let Canadians down with a budget short on the vision and leadership needed to
address the most pressing issues of our time, says the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
    The federal budget does little to address poverty, climate change and
provide long-term help for Canada's struggling communities - despite urgent
    "Big problems require big solutions, and they're nowhere to be found in
this budget," says CCPA Senior Economist Marc Lee. "The funding announced
today may fulfill its roll as a PR strategy but it doesn't come close to the
kind of investment that our cities need to stay vibrant and competitive."
    Armine Yalnizyan, CCPA senior economist, says the Conservatives are
hiding behind economic uncertainty to justify their inaction on the major
issues facing the nation.
    "The Conservatives have the audacity to claim they are prudent fiscal
managers but for the first time in more than a decade, this country is facing
a potential deficit because of their $190 billion tax cut bonanza," says
    "This budget does nothing substantive on poverty reduction or measures
for First Nations, nor does it minimize the economic insecurity facing
Canadian families," Yalnizyan says. "This is a budget for the rich-not the
rest of us."
    "This government has cut and run on ordinary working families. The
Conservatives are claiming poverty yet somehow they've found money to hand out
to Canada's most wealthy in the form of Tax Free Savings Accounts," says Lee.
"They've blown an opportunity to make real investments that position Canada
for the future."

For further information:

For further information: Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Communications Officer,
(613) 563-1341 x306, (613) 266-9491

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