Budget 2015: Robin Hood in Reverse
The entire document may be too long to post here, so here’s the 1st two paragraphs.
The Conservativeâ€™s 2015 federal budget demonstrates they have nothing new to offer workers and the majority of Canadians. Once again it includes tax cuts for business and the wealthy, and nothing substantial to create decent jobs or to help Canadians struggling to make ends meet. In fact, it takes money from workers contributed through the surpluses in the Employment Insurance fund to pay for these tax breaks for the wealthy andÂ corporations.
The Conservativeâ€™s economic policies and spending cuts are destroying jobs, squeezing workersâ€™ wages, slowing down economic growth and making it harder for working families to getÂ by.
Economics is the dismal science, but IÂ have to admit that the budget is not without elements of unintended humour–but you have to wade deep in to find them.
On page 345, it states that they will improve the integrity of federal procurement.
The Government will take action by introducing a new government-wide integrity regime for its procurement and real property transactions to ensure that it does business with ethical suppliers in Canada and abroad.â€
This comes right after they just announced they will give the multi-billion dollar P3 contract to rebuild Montrealâ€™s Champlain Bridge to a consortium including SNC Lavalin, a company that was recently charged with fraud in relationship to another P3, the multibillion McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and banned from contracts by the World Bank for ten years because of its extensive record of bribery, corruption and fraud. The Champlain Bridge projectâ€™s costs have already almost doubled as aÂ P3. SNC-Lavalin has some conservative connections and the formerÂ CEO of the MUHC was Arthur Porter, who Harper had also appointed to chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.Â He was arrested for fraud in PanamaÂ in relation to kickbacks from SNC-Lavalin on the MUHC project and is awaiting extradition.
On page 339,Â the budget states it has closed over 90 tax loopholes since 2006 — butÂ of course these pale in relation to the massive new tax loopholes they are creating!