CCPA releases 20th Alternative Federal Budget

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released its 20th Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) which would strengthen the economy, create jobs, shrink the income gap and reduce carbon emissions.

Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good clearly shows that we can afford to make choices and ensure that every community has safe drinking water, affordable housing and effective infrastructure.

Under the AFB:

The AFB also demonstrates that the federal government’s on-going obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer public services and weakened job growth.

The expected surpluses that the federal government boasts about in future budgets are not the product of any special economic prowess but were created by cuts to public services. Some of the direct effects of those cuts include a significant increase in Canadians unable to receive help by phone with employment insurance, closures of Veterans Affairs offices and fewer food inspectors working for the Canada Food Inspection Agency. 


March 19, 2015