Topic: federal budget 2015

Budget bill checks off Conservatives' pre-election 'to-do' list

The Harper government has tabled its budget implementation bill, which once again contains more than just this year's budget measures. The legislation, expected to pass before Parliament rises for the summer, reads like a pre-election must-do list for the Conservatives.

$2.7B employment insurance surplus balanced Joe Oliver's books

Remember 20 years ago, when big surpluses in the employment insurance fund gave the Chrétien government billions in extra federal revenue? For two years only — just until 2017 — those days are back. And it's just enough to nudge Finance Minister Joe Oliver's books into the black in time for this year's election.

Complex income tax system costing Canadians: study

It's crunch time for procrastinators across the country, thanks to this Thursday's deadline for filing personal income taxes. But with more than 120 different federal tax credits to claim, experts say it's now become so complicated, you're probably missing out on hundreds of dollars owed to you.
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Federal budget 2015: Tom Mulcair, Scott Brison on what they'd do

With a general election fast approaching, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal finance critic Scott Brison go beyond critiquing the Conservatives' federal budget and present their own economic blueprints to host Evan Solomon on CBC Radio's The House.

TFSA limit change takes effect immediately, Ottawa clarifies

Canadians don't need to wait for the budget to be passed before taking advantage of the TFSA changes announced in it, officials at the Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Department said Friday.

Canada's honour system vital in age of instant fame, says Governor General

In an age where the Internet can make anyone famous, Canada's official honours system is more important than ever but also needs to catch up with the times, Governor General David Johnston said Thursday in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press.

Defence budget battle on as Liberals claim spending to hit historical low

Numbers compiled by the federal Liberals suggest spending on the Canadian military will hit a historic low in the coming decade, despite a planned Conservative injection of $11.8 billion starting in 2017.

Stephen Harper: "That's utterly false" TFSAs will be costly

Prime Minister Stephen Harper disputes criticism of his plan to increase the limits of tax-free savings accounts to $10,000 a year.

Jason Kenney says $12B military budget boost a 'huge improvement'

Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the nearly $12 billion boost to the military in Tuesday's federal budget is a "huge improvement" since the Liberal "decade of darkness."

TFSAs, middle class focus of heated question period as Harper defends Oliver

Opposition MPs repeatedly questioned Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Finance Minister Joe Oliver's statement that any government revenue shortfall created decades from now by the tax-free savings account increases in the federal budget would be a matter for Harper's granddaughter to solve.

Tom Mulcair presses PM on tax cuts for 'wealthiest few'

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper battle over the pros and cons of tax-free savings account increases.

Tom Mulcair says 2015 federal budget helps 'wealthy few'

The federal budget benefits "the wealthiest few at the expense of everyone else,” NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said after the Conservatives laid out their 2015 economic plan on Tuesday.

Pierre Poilievre says $900M hit to public servants 'set in stone'

Ottawa MP Pierre Poilievre was a guest on Ottawa Morning Wednesday to discuss what the federal budget will mean for the capital and the public sector, and here's what he had to say.

Justin Trudeau to reveal major economic plank now that fiscal landscape clear

Justin Trudeau is starting to show some of his economic cards now that the Conservative government has laid its election hand on the table.

Joe Oliver's budget speech RAW

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers his 2015 budget speech in the House of Commons on Tuesday, April 21.