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Op-ed: Budget does little to change our nation

Posted April 4th, 2012 in Canada and tagged by Adrian MacNair

I wrote a column for my newspaper this week about the budget. Sufficed to say it isn’t very flattering, but nor does it take into context Canada’s position relative to other nations. It may be true that, all things considered, Canada is doing as good or better than other nations, but that wasn’t the scope of this op-ed. What this piece looks at is the context of the budget in terms of spending and jobs cuts, and the Conservative’s first opportunity to present a budget unhindered by the opposition:

In like a lion, out like a lamb.

That’s how I would describe the 2012 federal budget announced March 29 to the great anticipation of many, because this is the first time a majority government has delivered a budget since 2003.

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I’ll gladly entertain discussion after you’ve read the article.

5 Responses so far.

  1. DwayneNo Gravatar says:

    Not a bad column, facts are always the best thing to write about, in my opinion.

    Just a note that I would like to make. Changing the OAS does not change when one retires. It changes when one is entitled to an extra wad of cash that the government hands out, for no reason other than turning 65 (or 67 in 2023). This is an unfunded liability and isn’t even meant to top up the poor, as the GIS does that. This is just a payout that was instituted in 1952 to replace another, older, program.
    http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/isp/oas/oasoverview.shtml

    It is just another handout pure and simple. It is not a pension (even if they call it one), the Canada Pension Plan is that as people at least pay into CPP. Just another freebie that people feel they are entitled to, even though they have contributed nothing toward it. And just another thing that the government can’t cancel now as people will scream blue murder. Look at the screeches on just a minor change!

  2. Jon FriesenNo Gravatar says:

    How does increasing the age of eligibility for OAS delay retirement for two years? Are current 50 year olds unable to save another $13,000 over the next 15 years? And if they did need to work longer, how long does it take to earn $13,000? Not two years, surely. The previous comment already dealt with the fact that at bottom, OAS is a welfare program and not a pension. In my view, the age limit should be moved up to 70, perhaps over the next 30 years. But 67 is a good start. Perhaps in future they might take a look at beginning the clawback at $30,000 of income rather than $70,000 as well.

  3. TroyNo Gravatar says:

    Does any so called Conservative out there even give a hoot about the fact that a terrorist is returning to Canada. And does the fact that this terrorist get free health care, dental care, free medical prescriptions, free legal counsel and even the right to vote from prison even concern anyone out here?

  4. Jon,

    They could also begin by not handing out MP pensions after a mere six years of service.

  5. Troy,

    Sure we care. But it has nothing to do with the budget.