Economic Action Plan 2014 Demonstrates Strong Commitment to Jobs and Opportunities

MP David Anderson: Economic Action Plan 2014 Demonstrates
Strong Commitment to Jobs and Opportunities

Ottawa, ON February 11, 2014 – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills – Grasslands is welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to eliminate the deficit by 2015 – as a positive for the riding.

“While Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession, the recovery is still fragile,” said MP Anderson. “That’s why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Conservative Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Cypress Hills – Grasslands and across the country.”

While the NDP and Liberals had been publicly calling for the federal budget to include new tax hikes on Canadians and more deficit spending, our Government rejected both demands. Economic Action Plan 2014 contained no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending is efficient and effective as possible. “Not having one’s fiscal house in order can lead to incredible economic instability, dramatic cuts to government programs, and higher taxes,” said MP Anderson. “I am delighted that we are on track to balance the budget in 2015 while keeping taxes low.”

Agriculture was supported by Economic Action Plan 2014 through commitments to:

  • Modernize the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, including Farmers’ Privilege which allows farmers to save, condition, and reuse seeds for planting on their own farm.
  • Support innovation and competitiveness in the agricultural sector,
  • Introduce a New Pilot Price Insurance Program, to provide cattle and hog producers in Western Canada with insurance against unexpected price declines within a production cycle.

Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support Saskatchewan families and strengthen our economy, including:

  • Expanding the tax credit for families adopting a child, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
  • Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
  • Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields.
  • Improving Broadband Internet in Rural and Northern Communities, by investing $305 million to extend and enhance broadband service for up to an additional 280,000 Canadians.

“Our strong record of tax relief has meant savings of nearly $3,400 for a typical family of four in 2014,” said Anderson. “We have increased transfers to provinces to help them meet their obligations.”

For Saskatchewan, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $1.4 billion2014-15 – a 31% increase from under the previous Liberal government.

“While the Liberals radically slashed transfers to Saskatchewan, decimating the health care, education and other important social services that families here rely on, under our Conservative Government federal support has grown to historic levels, and will continue to grow into the future,” says MP Anderson.

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For more information, please contact the offices of David Anderson, MP:
Ottawa: (613) 992-0657
Saskatchewan: (306) 778-4480

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html