Published: March 19, 2019
Categorised in: In the House, News Releases

OTTAWA – Today was Justin Trudeau’s last chance to deliver a budget the addresses the needs of the residents of New Westminster-Burnaby. Instead, he opted for a budget that maintain business as usual and continues massive giveaways to big corporations while people are struggling to make ends meet. Trudeau’s Liberals had a golden opportunity to show Canadians they are on their side – to repair the damage of decades of Conservative and Liberal cuts to services – and they clearly missed the mark.

“The Liberals’ habit of giving special treatment to web giants and rich corporations is hurting Canadians. In today’s budget, Justin Trudeau had a last chance to deliver on people’s basic needs, and he failed,” stressed NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian, MP for New Westminster-Burnaby and NDP House Leader. “It’s not middle class working people that win with this budget, it’s their bosses. It’s time for Canadians to have a government that will make child care, medication, housing and post-secondary education affordable for all.”

British Columbians have been clear that they need a government that puts them first by securing affordable housing, implementing a single-payer universal public pharmacare, improving healthcare for everyone and making sure that post-secondary education is not a debt sentence.

Working Canadians deserve more than a government that is relying on the “good faith” of corporations to protect their pensions. Indigenous communities deserve more than a government that refuses to tackle the housing crisis on-reserve. Everyone deserves to know their government is addressing the opioid crisis with seriousness and resolve.

“This budget shows how disconnected Trudeau’s Liberals are from Canadians’ everyday reality. There is no sense of urgency to act on skyrocketing housing costs, unaffordable childcare, expensive prescription drug costs and senior poverty rates,” said Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the NDP. “Canadians were counting on this Liberal government to meet their basic needs, and sadly, they were let down. We will have the courage to make different choices.”

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Parliamentary Office of MP Peter Julian, 613-992-4214

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