Work Research Foundation: Gov't helps Canadians help themselves

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Ray Pennings of the Work Research Foundation
expressed support, today, for the federal budget announcements that assist
Canadians in caring for their families, to educate and train young people, and
to initiate and invest in public infrastructure projects in partnership with
    Said Mr. Pennings, "The creation of Tax Free Savings accounts will assist
families and seniors in looking after both the regular cost-of-living demands
as well as the unexpected. The support for students from low-income and
middle-income households and for apprenticeship training will assist families
who are primarily responsible for launching the next generation of Canadian
workers who will create the next generation of families. Calling on the
know-how of entrepreneurs and investors in public infrastructure development
gets at the challenge of restoring Canada's physical infrastructure, much of
which was built 50 to 100 years ago."
    The Work Research Foundation's analysis by Ray Pennings and
Russ Kuykendall highlighted the budget's announcements where they make impact,
in particular, on families, students, seniors, business and work force, trade
and secure borders, environment, and charities. The analysis also includes
"Budget ABCs" that describes Canada's budget process. The analysis proposes an
independent board of budget forecasters in addition to what is already in
place in federal budget-making.
    "The 'business' of the Work Research Foundation is building and enhancing
Canada's 'social architecture.' The federal Budget 2008 moves the Canadian
conversation about what kind of country - both the built, social, and natural
environment - that we want to build and pass on in the right direction,"
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, (403) 479-4590

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