10:30 a.m., March 15)
Federal budget contains several
goodies for local taxpayers
By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star
recently released federal budget not only addressed several
national issues, but also took into consideration the
needs and wants of the residents of Orléans.
Feb. 27, Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau rose in
the House of Com- mons to table the 2018 federal budget
entitled: Equality, Growth and A Strong Middle Class.
It is the latest chapter in the Liberal government’s plan
to develop and grow the Canadian middle class.
MP Andrew Leslie says the federal budget contains $447 million specifically allocated to rectify pay issues in the public service. Ottawa Citizen Photo
budget consists of hundreds of items directed at helping
every Canadian, but also saw the Orléans area receive
it’s fair share of designated dollars and attention.
2018 addressed many issues that have been raised with
me either at my office or at the doors,” explained the
Honorable Andrew Leslie, Liberal MP for Orléans.
the Phoenix pay admini-stration was a priority for the
decision makers. The Liberals acknowledged that Canada’s
public servants deserve to be paid properly and on time
for the vital work they do on behalf of Canadians.
$460 million has been invested to resolve the pay issues.
The new budget will allocate another $447 million over
the next six years to work with public sector unions,
technology experts and hire pay advisors to alleviate
and eliminate the problems.
good news for a specific demo-graphic of Orléans residents
will be the formation of an Advisory Council on the Implementation
of National Pharmacare which will help alleviate the problem
of affordability of prescription drugs.
financial and medical care of injured veterans is another
important consideration in Budget 2018. Lifetime payments
for those veterans suffering from a service-related injuries
will be eligible for tax-free monthly payments.
is home to a vibrant franco-phone community. Budget 2018
plans to strengthen and empower francophone communities
in municipalities across Canada by investing $400 million
in new funding over the next five years to support the
Action Plan of Official Languages which will be in place
from 2018 through 2023. The plan will include financial
resources for community organizations, cultural, artistic
and heritage activities. Funds will also be available
to develop French language community media, second language
training and support.
more resources to address outstanding claims related to
the troubled Phoenix Pay System, delivering life-long
financial stability for our injured veterans, and new
funds to support the Franco-Ontarian community are some
of the big items that Orléans residents can look forward
to out of Budget 2018,” Leslie says proudly.
2018 didn’t stop there for the close to 128,000 citizens
of Orléans, which suits Leslie fine.
a $55 million investment, our government plans to revitalize
the NCC’s parkways, pathways, buildings and bridges,”
says Leslie. “We’ve announced a new partnership with the
City of Ottawa to construct a new joint facility that
will house the National Library and Archives Canada, as
well as the new Central Public Library that will be a
future landmark for our city.”
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