Conservatives continue to attack programs Canadians depend on

OTTAWA – The Estimates tabled yesterday show that the Conservatives are continuing their cuts to the programs and services Canadians rely on.

“Canadians were already trying to cope when the Conservatives imposed their reckless austerity budget in 2012,” said NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park). “With more and more Canadians relying on government programs to help them through tough times, it is irresponsible for the Conservatives to gut these programs and services by a further $4.89 billion.”

Conservatives are deepening their cuts to struggling programs like Employment Insurance and gutting the Canada Revenue Agency, VIA Rail, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Canada International Development Agency.

“Conservatives are cutting Old Age Security and EI and then turning around and increasing the Senate’s budget and handing out massive tax breaks to Canada’s worst polluters. It’s irresponsible,” said NDP deputy Finance critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques). “It’s a question of priorities and for the Conservatives, Canadians are clearly low on their list.”