Take the Jim Flaherty Budget Challenge

by Aaron Wherry

Bruce Cheadle finds a few discrepancies between the spring budget and the latest budget implementation bill.

In fact, a cursory search of the March 2012 budget document reveals that Flahery is wrong — not everything in the legislation tabled Thursday was flagged in the spring spending blueprint. For instance, on EI rates, the budget stated that: “Over the next few years, the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board (CEIFB) will continue to set the rate, but the government will limit rate increases to no more than five cents each year until the EI Operating Account is balanced.” On Thursday, the board was disbanded while the Conservatives set up what they’re calling an “interim … regime” for setting EI rates.

The budget also made no mention of changes to the definition of a native fishery included in the omnibus bill, while the Navigable Waters Protection Act is entirely absent from the March budget.

Postmedia and the CBC look closer at the changes to the Navigable Waters Act.




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Take the Jim Flaherty Budget Challenge

  1. Let’s play name that bill. I suggest: “The whatever crap we decide to make up on any given Wednesday budget implementation bill.”

  2. Harper has changed the authority for exporting water to the provinces away from the feds. The only water left under export jurisdiction was the navigable waters as defined by the act.
    Bulk water export is the crux of these legislation changes!.

    The Alberta Conservatives put up a fully engineered plan to move up to 2/3rds of the Peace River south! This was done in 1982 is known as “The Weatherford Project”. Since that time Alberta’s conventional oil has been drawn to a point it is now diminishing.

    The only way to get more is with water and carbon Dioxide injection. There isn’t enough water in the local rivers to do this and lakes are not great places to draw from. Look out NWT!

    This all ties in with the BC Premier Christie Clark’s view of still another dam on the Peace River. Such a dam would create a sump between the two dams, someplace to allow a year around draw of water.

    B.C. pristine water environment is at risk, big time under the conservative majority.

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