Budget Boosts for the Central Okanagan
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 1:25 PM
Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 | 1:00 PM |
by Jennifer Faerber |
The new Federal Budget is in and it's pretty much the same as the old one.
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan says there's something for young and old.
"The element of investing in education, innovation and training is very important for our universities and colleges, both UBCO and Okanagan College, they'll see more breaks through the innovative research and development efforts. We have the highest population of seniors, so the most vulerable seniors in our community will receive an increase in their Guaranteed Income Supplement," says Cannan.
"Something I was speaking about with our local firefighters, they've been asking for this for a long time, the volunteer firefighters go above and beyond so they're going to get a $3000 tax credit for their dedication to the community,"
The Govenrment's also getting praise from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for making progress in ending political welfare, where taxpayers help fund political parties.
“Eliminating the per-vote subsidy is a major victory in the fight against political welfare. While parties still enjoy many unjustified financial perks, this is major win for taxpayers and for democratic reform,” says CTF's Derek Fildebrandt.
Cannan there was a clear message in local community consultations before the budget and before the election.
Voters in the Central Okanagan want the government stay on the road to economic recovery and Cannan says the new Conservative majority is letting them do just that.