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| March 15, 2011

Budget 2011: warfare or welfare

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Road west of Symington
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

The 2011 budget threatens to cut more funding from social services, in order to pay for fighter jets and the endless war in Afghanistan. The new fighter jets the government intends to purchase are estimated to cost $30 billion, which could provide $1000 to every person in Canada, or cover the entire annual federal health care budget. Meanwhile there is growing poverty and hunger in our community and across the county. Join a community forum to discuss what the budget priorities could be.

Speakers: Sid Lacombe, Canadian Peace Alliance; Jen Danch, Community Advocacy Coordinator, The Stop Community Food Centre

| March 10, 2011

Battling budgets and the Afghan and Iraq wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming. These fights, radiating out from the occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol building, are occurring against the backdrop of the two wars waged by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. No discussion or debate over budgets, over wages and pensions, over deficits, should happen without a clear presentation of the costs of these wars-and the incalculable benefits that ending them would bring.

| March 1, 2011
| February 19, 2011

Obama's budget freezes spending in the wrong places

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: "I've called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. This freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president."

Focus on the word "freeze." That is exactly what many people might do, if this budget passes as proposed. While defence spending increases, with the largest Pentagon funding request since World War II, the budget calls for cutting in half a program called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.


Breaking the corporate tax taboo

Canadian-based corporations are sitting on lots of excess cash. Many Canadians are looking for work, better jobs, or more hours. Large-scale public expenditure is going unfunded: shortages exist in infrastructure for urban transit, education, public health facilities, recreation, and culture.

The Harper Conservatives plan to give the corporations a tax reduction in the next budget, so they will get even more money to sit on. Will Canadians be better off because corporations pay income tax at a lower rate? Somebody must have thought so, because corporate taxes have been reduced over the last 10 years in Canada

Jack Layton does "Let's Make a Deal"

So, the Winnipeg Free Press features a Headlin that Layton is open to dealing with Harper on the budget. I am assuming this is primarily becauswe Layton thinks going to the polls now would be bad for the NDP.

What I am wondering is how wise is this? I am thinking it makes it easier for the Liberals to tie the NDP closer to Harper and to set themselves up as the real opposition and alternative to Harper.

So I would be really interested in knowing what people think, and if there is something else more sophisticated going on then I assume or understand.

Arthur Cramer, Winnipeg

| January 18, 2011
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