Harper wants public input before 2012 budget


mentalfloss
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Stephen Harper wants public input before 2012 budget

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning that Canadians face “tough choices” and to brace for the challenging economic year ahead.

“There are tough, important choices that must be made to create jobs, keep our economy growing and keep Canada as the greatest country in the world,” Harper says in a letter to Conservatives MPs and senators.

“We must make those choices — choices that will lead to greater prosperity — but we must make them together with the Canadian people,” he said in the letter that was released Sunday.

Harper said he will be dispatching cabinet ministers across the country to hear the views of Canadians as the government enters the final stages of preparing its belt-tightening budget, called the “Economic Action Plan 2012.”

That budget, likely in February or March, will lay out the government’s strategy to trim at least $4 billion a year in spending as the Conservatives seek to rein in the deficit. Those spending reductions are expected to mean cuts in government staffing and programs.

So far, the government belt-tightening plans have been sketched out behind closed doors, overseen by a special cabinet committee led by Treasury Board President Tony Clement. It’s been evaluating proposals from federal departments outlining the impact of 5 and 10 per cent cuts to their budgets.

But now Harper says he wants the views of “entrepreneurs, workers, small businesses and ordinary hard-working Canadians” before finalizing the budget.

In addition to tackling spending, Harper said the upcoming budget will focus on five other priorities: expanding trade and opening new markets; investing in research and development; boosting skills training; cutting red tape; and keeping taxes low.

In the letter’s introduction, Harper reflects on 2011, the year that brought him his long-sought majority and the economic challenges facing the country for the next 12 months.

“2011 was quite a year. Canadians entrusted us with a strong, stable, national, majority Conservative Government and we have delivered (lol),” the Prime Minister writes.

He says that the economy will continue to be the government’s focus for 2012.

“With the ongoing economic instability in Europe and the continued slow economic growth in the United States, it is clear the global economy is still very fragile,” he said in his letter.

“Too many Canadians are still rightly concerned about their jobs, their savings and their family budgets,” he said.

Canada News: Stephen Harper wants public input before 2012 budget - TORONTO STAR
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Who does that bastard think he is!
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Who does that bastard think he is!

Actually, he's doing something right for once.

Now whether this transparency measure is going to produce some democratic result or it is just a dog and pony show is another matter entirely.
 
relic
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I vote for B,dog and pony show,anybody that thinks harper cares what "hard working Canadians"want, is delusional .
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

I vote for B,dog and pony show,anybody that thinks harper cares what "hard working Canadians"want, is delusional .

Harper cares what hard working ordinary Canadians think because this is his voter base. It is the free loaders that Harper (rightfully) does not care about.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Harper cares what hard working ordinary Canadians think because this is his voter base. It is the free loaders that Harper (rightfully) does not care about.

Surely you jest. The working class is just cannon fodder. He caters to big business and bankers. Their needs will always be met first and yours last.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Stephen Harper wants public input before 2012 budget

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning that Canadians face “tough choices” and to brace for the challenging economic year ahead.

“There are tough, important choices that must be made to create jobs, keep our economy growing and keep Canada as the greatest country in the world,” Harper says in a letter to Conservatives MPs and senators.

I'm not sure the choices Canadians are faced with are all that tough. Packing a lunch bucket and thermos, instead of stopping at Big Mac's and Timmy's would be an easy choice for me if I was strapped!
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Stephen Harper wants public input before 2012 budget

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning that Canadians face “tough choices” and to brace for the challenging economic year ahead.

“There are tough, important choices that must be made to create jobs, keep our economy growing and keep Canada as the greatest country in the world,” Harper says in a letter to Conservatives MPs and senators.

“We must make those choices — choices that will lead to greater prosperity — but we must make them together with the Canadian people,” he said in the letter that was released Sunday.

Harper said he will be dispatching cabinet ministers across the country to hear the views of Canadians as the government enters the final stages of preparing its belt-tightening budget, called the “Economic Action Plan 2012.”

That budget, likely in February or March, will lay out the government’s strategy to trim at least $4 billion a year in spending as the Conservatives seek to rein in the deficit. Those spending reductions are expected to mean cuts in government staffing and programs.

So far, the government belt-tightening plans have been sketched out behind closed doors, overseen by a special cabinet committee led by Treasury Board President Tony Clement. It’s been evaluating proposals from federal departments outlining the impact of 5 and 10 per cent cuts to their budgets.

But now Harper says he wants the views of “entrepreneurs, workers, small businesses and ordinary hard-working Canadians” before finalizing the budget.

In addition to tackling spending, Harper said the upcoming budget will focus on five other priorities: expanding trade and opening new markets; investing in research and development; boosting skills training; cutting red tape; and keeping taxes low.

In the letter’s introduction, Harper reflects on 2011, the year that brought him his long-sought majority and the economic challenges facing the country for the next 12 months.

“2011 was quite a year. Canadians entrusted us with a strong, stable, national, majority Conservative Government and we have delivered (lol),” the Prime Minister writes.

He says that the economy will continue to be the government’s focus for 2012.

“With the ongoing economic instability in Europe and the continued slow economic growth in the United States, it is clear the global economy is still very fragile,” he said in his letter.

“Too many Canadians are still rightly concerned about their jobs, their savings and their family budgets,” he said.

Canada News: Stephen Harper wants public input before 2012 budget - TORONTO STAR

Hmmm... my local MP is not Conservative, so does that mean they'll skip my riding?

Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

I'm not sure the choices Canadians are faced with are all that tough. Packing a lunch bucket and thermos, instead of stopping at Big Mac's and Timmy's would be an easy choice for me if I was strapped!

Yup.

Tax and axe, tax and axe, I wanna tax and axe.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

I'm not sure the choices Canadians are faced with are all that tough. Packing a lunch bucket and thermos, instead of stopping at Big Mac's and Timmy's would be an easy choice for me if I was strapped!

They are going to get a lot tougher as the rest of the world goes down the toilet. The world economy is going through an engineered demolition. Once we are in the toilet, those who engineered it will offer the solution, one world currency. They will have consolidated their holdings made a fortune and probably a billion or two people will have starved to death. But do you think they care?

George Carlin ~ The American Dream - YouTube (external - login to view)
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Surely you jest. The working class is just cannon fodder. He caters to big business and bankers. Their needs will always be met first and yours last.

Sure sounds like it based on who's listed first..

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But now Harper says he wants the views of “entrepreneurs, workers, small businesses and ordinary hard-working Canadians” before finalizing the budget.

Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

George Carlin ~ The American Dream - YouTube (external - login to view)



Great bit.
 
DurkaDurka
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I hope Harper doesn't make any cuts to his Hair Budget, his pompadour is the envy of most North Koreans now that the "Dear Leader: has passed on.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

I vote for B,dog and pony show,anybody that thinks harper cares what "hard working Canadians"want, is delusional .

lol Yep. I was saying that about his predecessor, too. The difference between them was Harpy might actually have a clue about what Canucks want; aPALLing Martin sure didn't.
 
In Between Man
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Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

anybody that thinks harper cares what "hard working Canadians"want, is delusional .

No you're delusional! He cares. Anyone who is kind toward kittens surely cares for his fellow citizens!

Last edited by In Between Man; Jan 16th, 2012 at 08:13 PM..
 
JLM
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How about another $100 a month on the O.A.P. and another $100 on the C.P.P. and I won't ask for another thing all year!
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by In Between ManView Post

No you're delusional! He cares. Anyone who is kind toward kittens surely cares for his fellow citizens!

Well at least he cares about *****.
 
In Between Man
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Well at least he cares about *****.

 

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