The reaction of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation to this year's federal budget is disappointment.
There is a distinct change of tone in the 2013 budget. It is a matter of tone more than substance, but the jackboot style of Budget 2012 has been replaced with a kinder, gentler message.
The triumphal Harper plan -- trash the public sector, and let the oilsands economy pick up the slack while transforming Canada into a right-wing energy superpower -- is on the skids.
But when it comes to repairing a broken system for financing First Nations education, the response is to "explore mechanisms" -- a bureaucratic way of saying: "Don't call us, we'll call you."
Lori Theresa Waller
As expected, the federal Conservative government's budget for 2014-15, released Thursday, provided little in the way of new spending to improve employment in Canada.
The Finance Minister got a new pair of shoes. Canadians got a new federal budget. And women in Canada got another haircut.
If the knowledgeable and determined PPO has been unable to find out the full details of the government's plans, what hope is there for the rest of us?
In the aggregate, this budget is on austerity autopilot. We need job-creating programs like infrastructure investments -- but what we got was cuts in infrastructure spending.
Many groups across Canada today are hitting out, saying this is another federal budget does little to lessen the economic impact of austerity.
Our reporter on Parliament Hill, Karl Nerenberg, looks ahead to next week's federal budget.