INDEPTH: FEDERAL BUDGET 2006|
May 3, 2006
"The arithmetic does not work for ordinary working Canadians. The government squanders huge surpluses while workers can't find child care for their kids, can't get training to do their jobs better, can't protect their pensions when companies go bankrupt or can't get the money promised for pay equity."
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)
Liberal Leader Bill Graham (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
NDP Leader Jack Layton (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
– Ken Georgetti, president, Canadian Labour Congress
"We're reducing virtually all areas in which the federal government taxes. That was the approach I wanted to take because Canadians pay too much tax."
– Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
"I believe, unfortunately, the government has chosen to basically raise taxes, in spite of what's being said today. Frankly our party cannot support a budget as unbalanced as this is in the interests of Canada and our economy."
– Bill Graham, leader of the Liberal Party
"We need investments in this country for working families to make sure that there's child-care spaces in the long term, we need to make sure there's funding for post-secondary education because young people can't afford a post-secondary education."
– Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party
"This is a transition budget. The real budget will be next year."
– Gilles Duceppe, leader of the Bloc Québécois
"[The Kelowna Accord] was designed to eradicate poverty in First Nations communities and make Canada a better place. This budget suggests to me that we won't be able to move ahead on those commitments."
– Phil Fontaine, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
"The government's tax credit for transit pass users is a strong signal that the government is committed to promoting transit use. It rewards transit customers for making smart travel choices."
– Robert Olivier, chair, Canadian Urban Transit Association
"Failing to uphold the federal-provincial child-care agreements, the prime minister and his government have chosen to forego a once-in-a-generation opportunity to give our children the kind of start that assures their readiness to succeed in school and in life."
– Rick Johnson, Ontario Public School Boards' Association and four other associations
"This action improves housing affordability for many Canadians. It's also good news for owners who are considering home renovations."
– Dave Benbow, Canadian Home Builders Association
"On the same day that the Canadian dollar passed 90 cents for the first time in 28 years, the Canadian spirits industry has been dealt a body blow by the new Conservative budget. This is just the wrong time to impose higher taxes on primary manufacturers in this country."
– Jan Westcott, president of Spirits Canada
"It's a case of underpromising and overdelivering."
– Perrin Beatty, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
"Rolling back the first halting steps toward a national child-care program and replacing it with a few bucks for babysitting hurts more families than it benefits."
– Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers national director
"Tinkering around the edges of the tax system is not going to increase access to college and university. This government should be restoring the billions of dollars that were cut from post-secondary education transfers during the past decade so that tuition fees can be reduced."
– George Soule, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students
"The fiscal measures announced are good for the economy, for working Canadians and for SME owners."
– Nancy Hughes Anthony, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce