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Op-Ed
For Immediate Release
February 21, 2014

Budget 2014 Demonstrates Commitment to Jobs and Opportunities
By: Mike Allen, MP
Tobique-Mactaquac
 

I am very pleased with the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 – as a positive for Tobique-Mactaquac.

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, too many Canadians are still looking for work. That’s why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in locally and across the country.”

Economic Action Plan 2014 contained no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending was as efficient and effective as possible.

This budget includes key measures to support New Brunswick families and strengthen our economy, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets in 2015, including:

  • Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs.
  • Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
  • Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them.
  • 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. 
  • Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market.
  • Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses.
  • Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
  • Conserving Canada’s Natural Heritage: investing in Canada’s national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more.
  • Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
  • Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more.
  • Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim’s Bill of Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index.

    And much more.

For more information contact:  Wendy Marr
Communications Assistant
Office of Mike Allen, MP Tobique-Mactaquac
wendy@mikeallen.ca
506-325-1340 or 506-323-0152 (cell)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

MP Allen’s Private Members Bill Included in Budget

Tobique-Mactaquac – A Private Members Bill introduced in the House of Commons by Tobique-Mactaquac Member of Parliament Mike Allen in November made its way into Budget 2014 last week.

“The aim of my bill was to make Canada’s tax system more efficient, with updated tax measures proposed at various times staying at the forefront of the government’s agenda,” said Mr. Allen of Bill C-549. “Private Members Bills usually take a relatively lengthy time to make their way through the House, so I am pleased that Economic Action Plan 2014 included this legislation.

Under the heading of “Greater Transparency for Taxpayers”, Budget documents announce that legislation will be introduced to require the Minister of Finance to table in Parliament annually a list of the Government’s outstanding tax measures.

“The Government is committed to maintaining a modern and efficient tax system. Part of doing so means frequently updating tax legislation. To make it easier for taxpayers to know the status of proposed tax measures, Economic Action Plan 2014 announces that legislation will be introduced to require the Minister of Finance to table in Parliament annually a list of the Government’s outstanding tax measures,” reads the Budget section. “To ensure that the list reflects any current government’s legislative agenda, the first report of each new government would be tabled in the second year of its mandate.”

Economic Action Plan 2014 further states that: “This measure is consistent with the objectives of Bill C-549, which was introduced in the House of Commons on November 13, 2013 by the Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, Mike Allen. The Government thanks Mr. Allen for championing this initiative in support of greater transparency in the tax system.”

When Mr. Allen’s Bill was introduced in the fall, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada stood behind it, stating: “Bill C-549 embodies principles of good governance and good public administration.”

“I firmly believe that this measure is needed in order for our tax system to continue to improve,” said Mr. Allen.

For more information contact:  Wendy Marr
Communications Assistant
Office of Mike Allen, MP Tobique-Mactaquac
wendy@mikeallen.ca
506-325-1340 or 506-323-0152 (cell)