Who did the budget serve?

Two members of Flaherty’s advisory panel stand to benefit from the budget

Two members of the Finance Minister’s expert advisory panel stand to benefit from the budget it helped craft. Among the most ballyhooed of budget measures, for instance, was the home renovations tax credit, a break the government expects millions of Canadians to take advantage of. Jim Flaherty’s panel includes Annette Verschuren, the president of Home Depot Canada. Meanwhile, Quantum Computing, a Waterloo research centre founded by RIM president Mike Lazaridis, will receive $50 million in funding. Flaherty’s office says nothing untoward has occurred. “The key thing is the minister asked them, they did not ask the minister. They did not lobby the minister.”

The Ottawa Citizen