Budget forward-thinking plan: Armstrong

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MP Scott Armstrong

Amherst Daily News

OTTAWA – The veil has been lifted on the federal budget and Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong says its full of good news for Nova Scotians.

A new job grant program offering up to $15,000 for training through federal, provincial and employer partnerships and $1.4 billion in tax relief for manufacturers investing in new machinery or equipment are highlights of the federal budget that benefit Nova Scotians.

“While Canada has the best job creation record among all G-7 countries since the worst of the global recession with over 950,000 net new jobs, we recognize that the global economy remains very challenging,” Armstrong said. “In Economic Action Plan 2013, our Conservative government remains squarely focused on the number one priority of Canadians, with a forward-looking plan to help create jobs and grow the economy in Nova Scotia and across Canada.”

“We recognize that the global economy remains very challenging.” MP Scott Armstrong

The budget announced Thursday also lifts tariffs on hockey equipment, baby clothing and exercise gear, bringing the cost inline with equipment sold in the U.S.

The government will also invest $20 million through the 2013-2014 budget into technology upgrades, like video conferencing, to reduce government travel spending by an estimated $43 million annually.


MP Armstrong’s budget highlight picks:

 • $70 billion federal investment in infrastructure across Canada, including roads, bridges, subways, rail lines, and ports.

• Tax relief for Canadians who give to charity, adopt a child, or rely on homecare services.

• Enhancing the Veteran’s Funeral and Burial Program by simplifying it and more than doubling the funeral services reimbursement rate to $7,376.

Organizations: Daily News

Geographic location: Canada, OTTAWA, Nova Scotia U.S.

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Recent comments

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    March 22, 2013 - 15:03

    Not too sure about this latest budget, they brag about giving hockey players a better deal, how about the senior citizens who live month to month with no extra money for drugs, etc, they have to decide whether to fill the oil tank, buy food, pay rent, and several other life sustaining things, now the feds brag about giving breaks to sports teams, etc. Also how about us veterans of the military and RCMP who have served this Country Canada proudly with respect and determination. Now it is not the enemy of other countries that we are up against, we are now fighting Veterans Affairs Canada for a just and fair recognition of the suffering, including PTSD and other ailments that we have to prove to some Appeals board hired by the government. I just was informed that our education system in my area is taking another hit with the elementary school closures, Bass River elementary school in Colchester to name one, of course there are more, the Provincial government claims it is because of not enough money from the feds, the Feds say it is a provincial responsibility. I truly can not understand how a government can spend money(our tax dollars) in supporting foreign countries and neglecting the poor in Canada, also turning a blind eye on the Aboriginals of this Country Canada. They can afford to turn a blind eye when some of the senators create fraud in their travel and housing claims. Let this Government (FEDERAL) work for all Canadians and get rid of the trough that some of their unelected supporters gain a comfort of life from.

  • Charlie Joseph
    March 22, 2013 - 12:17

    In my 49 years I have never said, boy we could use more government to cure this problem. No new taxes, no tax cuts. With that they are proud of doing less than in previous years. It says volumes about the sustained idiocy of the mainstream political parties over the decades. Less is better, and less politicians, less regulation and control of our lives would be a positive start of better times to come.

  • wingman
    March 22, 2013 - 10:17

    What did it do for Seniors, nothing as usual.