Our government focused on investing in the middle class and working towards a more innovative economy. By directly investing in Canadians and families we are putting our country in better stead with firmer foot forward into the future.
At the tail end of 2016 our government approved two major pipelines after consulting with Canadians, building up an environmental consensus with the carbon price, and creating the balance between the environment and industry. By doing this work we are building the framework to create long term prosperity of Alberta and all of Canada.
On the subject of building up long term prosperity for our country – my colleague in cabinet and fellow Alberta Liberal Member of Parliament, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, is continuing his work to invest in projects like the Green Line LRT, flood mitigation projects, and more for our city. Since the 2015 election our government has invested some $3 billion into Albertan infrastructure: more than the last five years of the previous government combined.
Looking back at Budget 2016 we went forward with three of our main platform planks. First amongst them was the Canada Child Benefit which gave simpler, tax-free, and more generous and better targeted help to families. 9 out of 10 Canadians families benefit from higher payments under our newly implemented system – and is now on the way to lifting hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty.
Our second commitment was a middle class tax cut. As one of our first acts as a government was to cut taxes for nearly 9 million Canadians by reducing the second personal income tax rate, and delivering tax relief to Albertans.
Thirdly – we created a $2.7 billion reform package of Employment Insurance to support Albertans and Canadians during the commodity price downturn. By reducing wait-times (from two weeks to one week), and specifically work with Albertans on accessing more benefits, these changes would support those impacted by the decrease in oil prices. Some of these benefits we extended benefits up to 50 weeks for hurting Albertans, with long-tenured workers able to receive an additional 20 weeks up to a maximum of 70 weeks. Further to this – we doubled the maximum of the work-sharing agreements to 76 weeks.
Budget 2017 will be a continuation of our work as a government. We are actively seized with supporting the middle class and working towards a better future for all. More details will be available at budget.gc.ca.
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