Harper Government Opposes Dangerous New NDP Spending Scheme


February 27, 2013


Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, announced that the Harper Government will not support Bill C-400, which is NDP legislation that calls on the federal government to create a new national social housing strategy. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada estimates that the price tag for this legislation will be at minimum $5.5 billion per year.

“Week after week, we see Mulcair’s NDP continuing to demonstrate to Canadians their dangerous and risky spending schemes,” said Minister Clement.  “At a time when we are trying to return to balanced Budgets, our Government will not support this risky and dangerous NDP spending scheme that will result in higher taxes or increased deficits,” said Minister Clement.

The NDP’s Bill C-400, which will be voted upon in the House of Commons today, calls for the establishment of a new national social housing strategy. This program would be on top of the $12 billion dollars the Government of Canada transfers to the provinces each year under the Canada Social Transfer. And, it is on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars the Government spends on affordable housing and homelessness each and every year.

“The Harper Government will continue to focus on what matters to Canadians – jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Clement. “We will not support a new spending program that will justify Thomas Mulcair imposing a $21 billion carbon tax on hardworking Canadian families,” added Minister Clement.

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