Prime Minister Trudeau Answers Questions from Students

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At American University in Washington, D.C.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on March 11, engaged with students from American University in Washington, D.C. in a question and answer session which touched on many topics, including First Nations' issues, Canada's role in the fight against ISIL, and his commitment to gender parity. Several students asked questions on diversity. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to underline Canada's commitment on this matter, noting reasonable, respectful, discussion is key to democracy.

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Federal Budget 2016: Highlights

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Bill Morneau's first budget: Restors Hope for the Middle Class

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a budget the new Government of Canada’s First federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, a plan that takes important steps to revitalize the Canadian economy, and delivers real changes for the middle class and those working hard to join it..

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Liberal Budget Is A 'Nightmare' For Taxpayers: Conservatives

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By Jesse Ferreras | The Huffington Post Canada

Most nightmares involve freakish monsters and sinister clowns that would keep anyone up at night.

But if you ask the federal Conservatives, their bad dream consists of $113 billion in that the Liberals plan to borrow over the next five years.

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Budget A Missed Opportunity to Reduce Inequality: Mulcair

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Canadians had high expectations for today’s Liberal budget, but what they got instead were missed opportunities to tackle inequality and backtracking on key commitments. They shortchanged First Nations education by $230 million and First Nations child welfare by $130 million in the first year alone.

“Families across Canada are worried about their jobs and struggling to make ends meet – but today’s budget told them they would have to wait longer for help,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “The government missed an opportunity today to really deliver change.”

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Federal Budget Falls Short on Fair Tax Agenda: Broadbent Institute

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Infrastructure investment, enhanced child benefit, GIS boost welcomed, but failure to address fiscal capacity problem is a missed opportunity 

By A Correspondent

The 2016-17 federal budget is a missed opportunity to implement a fair tax agenda and build Canada’s shrunken fiscal capacity that is needed to fight inequality, the Broadbent Institute says.

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$500,000 to Gather Foreign Buyer Data + Highlights

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Ottawa is spending $500,000 to help understand the role of foreign homebuyers in the country's housing market.

The cash in the federal budget is going to Statistics Canada to help develop methods for gathering data on home purchases by foreign buyers.

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Tax Loopholes For Rich Cost Canada $16 Billion A Year: Study

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By Daniel Tencer

Closing five tax loopholes that mostly benefit the wealthy would raise nearly $16 billion annually for Canada’s federal and provincial governments, according to a study from a prominent economist.

Toby Sanger says these tax loopholes — which have grown more generous since the late 1990s — have increased inequality and led to greater financial instability.

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Economy, Not Ideology, Should Guide Immigration

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By Pradip Rodrigues

Canada’s Minister for Immigration, John McCallum, made a startling announcement in Brampton. on Tuesday, about welcoming a whopping 305,000 permanent residents by the end of 2016. This is a 7.4 per cent increase from the 2015 admission target.

 All this comes during a time of rising unemployment — namely, 7.2 per cent. Youth unemployment hovers at 13 per cent and the projected economic growth in 2016 is expected to just exceed one per cent. 

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Province Increasing Minimum Wage on October 1

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Ontario’s Minimum Wage Remains the Highest in Canada

Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on October 1, 2016 - keeping Ontario's wage the highest of any province in Canada. 

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Ontario Investing $23 M for State-of-the-Art Building

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At the University of Guelph: Province Supporting Highly Specialized Job Training at Ontario Veterinary College

Ontario is investing $23 million in a cutting-edge clinical learning building at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College to support highly specialized and in-demand jobs across Ontario.

The province's investment will help build a new learning space with modern and flexible classrooms that will use computer-based case studies, patient simulators and medical communications labs to give students hands-on, interactive learning experiences. In addition, the college will renovate its existing veterinary hospital to provide new space for advanced surgery and anaesthesia.

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Ontario Improving Alzheimer’s Support Services

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More Service Providers to Receive Training in Wandering Prevention

Ontario is investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way program to help improve training and reach more people who come into contact with persons affected by dementia.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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