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Parties disagree on budget 2011

March 23, 2011.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stressed the necessity to support the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan: “Once again, as you know, the leaders of all three Opposition parties have stated their reluctance to support our Budget.

“I am disappointed that they did not take time to read the Budget before rushing to their conclusions. “Our economy is not a political game. The global recovery is still fragile. Relative to other nations, Canada ’s economic recovery has been strong, but its continuation is by no means assured.

“Many threats remain. In an interconnected world, difficulties arising from turmoil in the Middle East, the disaster in Japan , European debt, and the ability of struggling trading partners to buy our exports can all put Canadian jobs at risk. “In this period of global economic uncertainty, our Government is focused – above all else – on completing Canada ’s economic recovery. “To protect hardworking Canadians and their families, the financial sector, their jobs, their communities."

Liberal Party will move non-confidence motion

Posted on March 23, 2011 on Liberal Party website

With the Harper government facing a contempt vote in Parliament, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff gave notice today that he will be moving a non-confidence motion against the government.

“Liberals can no longer support a government that misleads Canadians, breaks the rules and weakens our democracy,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “The Conservative government has misled the House and all Canadians by hiding the details of their core spending priorities from Parliament – and it means we can’t trust their budget numbers.”

The Liberal motion being placed on the Order Paper today for a vote in the House on Friday states: That the House agrees with the finding of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs that the Government is in contempt of Parliament, which is unprecedented in Canadian Parliamentary history, and consequently, the House has lost confidence in the Government. Budget fails to make life better for Canadians.

New Democrats will not support budget 2011

Posted on website of New Democrats.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed the opportunity to make life more affordable and help Canadian families still recovering from the effects of the recession, says the New Democrats.

“The budget is a great disappointment for Canadians looking for the Conservatives to stop playing political games and get something done for them,” said New Democrat Leader Jack Layton.

“Stephen Harper had an opportunity to address the needs of the hard working middle class families – sadly he chose to provoke an election, instead.”

In an effort to make Parliament work, Layton met with Prime Minister Harper and put forward a set of affordable measures to help Canadians. Unfortunately, the Conservative’s budget did not address New Democrats’ reasonable proposals.

"This budget fails to strengthen CPP, provides no relief for heating bills, and still leaves millions of Canadians without access to a family doctor," said Layton. "And the GIS increase is a half-measure, leaving tens of thousands seniors still living in poverty."

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