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.