The federal budget isn’t sitting well with Souris-Moose Mountain M.P. Dr. Robert Kitchen. The Conservative M.P. has a number of issues with the budget itself, including some issues which will directly impact his riding.
“It’s going to be a huge impact,” Kitchen explained. “Ninety percent of Canadian families are paying more in taxes, and after this budget, they will be paying even more. For our rural economy, and for our farmer,s there was nothing in this budget of any substance for them.”
Kitchen added he would have liked the budget to include some measure to assist in clearing out a grain backlog which is beginning to develop in Western Canada.
The carbon tax is also something Kitchen didn’t like in the budget. He points out the plan to spend $129 million to implement the carbon tax, which he said would create carbon cops in the country.
“They don’t spend that amount of money on our RCMP training,” Kitchen stated, adding it will have a direct impact on the livelihood of his constituents.
The budget did include a few items which could have a positive impact on the families in the riding, such as the increase to the Canada Child Benefit, and changes to maternity leave, which would see both parents able to take time off. Lacking feedback from his constituents on the matter, though, Kitchen wouldn’t say too much about the two issues.
Another major issue with the budget as seen by Kitchen is the deficit. He pointed out the Liberals promised to reduce the deficit, bringing the budget into balance by this year, when they were elected in 2015. Now, it is expected the budget may not be balanced, according to Kitchen, until 2045.