Health Care, Education, Tax Cuts Are Priorities, Provinces Tell Feds
Dinsdale, Margaret, Anglican Journal
When provincial finance ministers met with federal Finance Minister Paul Martin before Christmas, one of their demands was more money for social programs which had been cut from transfer payments two years ago.
Some of the results were that Ontario slashed its welfare payments by 22 per cent and, in Alberta, left what critics say is an undermined health care system. The provinces say that the money could come from an expected fiscal surplus in the February budget.
Mr. Martin has been on the record recently saying that these debates are "about values" and in the publication, World Economic Affairs, he said that "the level of child poverty in this country is a disgrace."
In a dissenting opinion to a report of the House of Commons finance committee, NDP finance critic Nelson Riis wrote "we may be the first (country) to balance the budget, but ... Canada alone (in the industrialized world) saw its standard of living decline: as a result of federal policies and cuts to social programs were unnecessary, given that Mr. Martin beat his own timetable of balancing the books."
Liberal MP Tony Valeri, parliamentary secretary to Mr. Martin, told the Anglican Journal …
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Publication information: Article title: Health Care, Education, Tax Cuts Are Priorities, Provinces Tell Feds. Contributors: Dinsdale, Margaret - Author. Magazine title: Anglican Journal. Volume: 124. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 1998. Page number: 13. © Anglican Church of Canada Feb 2009. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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