Work Research Foundation: Government budget must take the long view

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW/ - Ray Pennings of the Work Research Foundation
expressed support, today, for the federal budget announcements of tax relief
for working families, but called upon the government to expand income
splitting to all Canadians.
    Said Mr. Pennings, "You can dice the numbers, you can slice the politics.
The long-term question about this budget is how Canadian society is shaped.
Our social architecture is changing. Resources and responsibilities are being
transferred to institutions and organizations between government and the
individual. By giving income splitting to senior citizens, the government has
recognized that most Canadians live in households with shared expense burdens.
Spousal and child tax changes are also welcome but the government needs to
continue on this path and move to extend income splitting to all Canadians."
    The budget built on the Advantage Canada framework and focused on
concrete measures that move towards longer-term objectives for building
Canada's knowledge, infrastructure, and entrepreneurial advantage. However,
the Work Research Foundation is concerned that by continuing to grow
government spending, there is, still, an over-reliance on government.
    "Families, businesses, sectoral councils, charitable organizations, and
others are picking up responsibilities. This is a good thing for long-term
prosperity and human flourishing in Canada," Ray Pennings added.

    The Work Research Foundation's mission is to influence people to a
Christian view of work and public life. We seek to explore and unfold the
dignity of work, the meaning of economics, and the structures of civil
society, in the context of underlying patterns created by God.

For further information:

For further information: Ray Pennings, (905) 467-1356

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