March 23rd, 2016
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, ON) Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria Mark Eyking reacted after the budget was released in Ottawa yesterday.
“The budget will have a positive effect for Cape Bretoners.” Eyking stated.
Cape Breton was mentioned in the budget several times, including re-opening of the Sydney Veterans affairs office, investments in Marine Atlantic, and an infrastructure investment of $19 Million for the Sydney Harbour West Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant project that will create 270,000 hours of employment.
This government has a strong commitment to assisting Canadian families that need help the most. The new Canada Child Benefit will help families more than any other public policy since universal healthcare. It is expected that this program will help lift many Cape Breton families out of poverty and put millions of dollars more per year into the Cape Breton economy. The government has also implemented a tax cut for the middle class.
We are helping 350,000 students from low- and middle-income families; they will get more assistance from Canada Student Grants. Our government has doubled the funding to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. We have also made a commitment of billions of dollars to our First Nations communities to ensure they have access to the basic necessities of life and have the opportunity to attain a higher education.
We are reducing the E.I. waiting period from two weeks to one week and increasing the funding to Service Canada to meet the increased demand for E.I. claims processing. We are increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit by up to $947 annually for the most vulnerable single seniors.
This budget commits to long term infrastructure offering billions of dollars to stimulate the economy and create jobs to get our people back to work. The budget shows the Federal Government is still committed to protecting the environment and our communities.
This budget commits to preserving and investing in our national parks. Admission will be FREE for all national parks & historic sites in 2017 which will encourage tourism especially in Victoria County with the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
“I believe the budget our government has put forward delivers for Cape Breton.” Eyking stated.