Poilievre touts ben­e­fits as eco­nomic booster

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Pierre Poilievre touted the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment's en­hanced child care ben­e­fit as boost for the econ­omy while warn­ing Cana­di­ans should take heed of off­shore fi­nan­cial chaos.

He used an event at an Ot­tawabased depart­ment store chain to flog the ben­e­fits of the lump sum pay­ment, which will start ar­riv­ing in mail­boxes and bank ac­counts on July 20.

With par­ents and young chil­dren, as well as as­pir­ing Con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates as his back­drop, Poilievre said the cash in the pock­ets of par­ents will be an im­por­tant in­jec­tion of con­sumer spend­ing in the econ­omy at a time of un­cer­tainty, which in­cludes the bank­ruptcy of Greece and the melt­down of the Chi­nese stock mar­ket.

The en­hanced ben­e­fit pro­vides al­most $2,000 per child per year in fam­i­lies with kids un­der 6 years of age, and $720 per year per child be­tween the ages of six and 17.

Poilievre claimed the spend­ing will in­crease con­sumer de­mand and cre­ate jobs.

Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper ac­knowl­edged this week­end that the Cana­dian econ­omy is in a down­turn, but noted that the rest of the world is in the same boat.

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