Bud­get crit­i­cism misses mark

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

In re­sponse to an op-ed by Con­ser­va­tive Rob Moore (“Lib­eral bud­get misses mark,” Cape Bre­ton Post, April 4), I would like to talk about our gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion in Cape Bre­ton.

We are in­vest­ing in what mat­ters most and be­low are some of what we’ve de­liv­ered for Cape Bre­ton over the past year:

■ We kept our prom­ise and re­opened the Syd­ney Vet­er­ans Af­fairs of­fice

■ $66 mil­lion into Cape Bre­ton’s Na­tional Parks

■ $11.2 mil­lion fed­eral dol­lars for vi­tal safety up­grades to the Cabot Trail

■ $8 Mil­lion fed­eral dol­lars for wa­ter and waste­water projects in the CBRM

■ $6.7 mil­lion to the cre­ation of Syd­ney’s sec­ond berth

■ $1.7 mil­lion in­vest­ment in New Water­ford’s tech in­dus­try

■ $1.4 mil­lion fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion to Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val

■ $1.1 mil­lion to im­prove streetscapes around the Cabot Trail

■ $677,000 in fed­eral fund­ing for new pub­lic tran­sit busses in the CBRM

■ $670,000 in sup­port of Kitchen-Fest! and Gaelic Col­lege fa­cil­ity up­grades

■ $600,000 to the YMCA of Cape Bre­ton for their Youth-Skills Link project

■ 100 Parks Canada sum­mer stu­dent jobs for the 2017 sea­son

■ Re­duced the age to qual­ify for Old Age Se­cu­rity from 67 to 65

■ Fed­eral grants to var­i­ous com­mu­nity and se­niors groups through The Canada 150 Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram and New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram.

On top of these in­vest­ments, did you know that ev­ery month ap­prox­i­mately 6,810 Canada Child Ben­e­fit pay­ments are made to par­ents in Syd­ney – Vic­to­ria, ben­e­fit­ting 11,790 chil­dren and to­talling $5,093,000 per month?

Bud­get 2017 reaf­firmed our gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion in Cape Bre­ton by in­vest­ing in Marine At­lantic and our premier tourism sec­tor. We’ve in­tro­duced a new $325 mil­lion At­lantic Fish­eries Fund and we’ve signed the Canada-Europe free trade agree­ment, or CETA, which will have mas­sive re­turn for our fish­ers.

We’re work­ing tire­lessly to strengthen the econ­omy and help Cape Bre­ton­ers ev­ery step of the way. When it comes to get­ting the job done in Cape Bre­ton, our gov­ern­ment de­liv­ers.

Mark Eyk­ing, M.P. Syd­ney - Vic­to­ria

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