Budget offers promise to help the middle class

Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill Mary Ng collaborated with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, to engage local businesses in a roundtable discussion on Budget 2017 investments in Markham.

Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s ambitious plan to make smart investments that will create jobs, grow the economy, and provide more opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it in Markham.

Ng said budget 2017 is the continuity of 2016 that they are continuing the good work they have done.

“The people of Markham and Thornhill will benefit great,” she said. “The budget is really a positive constructive illustration of the investments we will make to benefit people. By investing in our people, our communities and our economy will overall build a strong municipality,” she said.

Ng emphasized the need for efficient public transit to help Canadians get to and from their jobs faster, better social infrastructure to make communities great places to live in, and investments that make Canada a world-leading innovation economy to create jobs and grow the middle class.

Taylor added there is a new transformational investment in home care and mental health care, which will provide $6 billion over 10 years for home care, and $5 billion over 10 years to support mental health initiatives. These investments will make Canada’s health care system more responsive to the needs and expectations of all Canadians, and begin to close gaps in the availability of care.

“The Government firmly believes that the only way we can craft the policies of the future is by listening to Canadians and by understanding their needs and aspirations,” Taylor said. “That is why the roundtable was so important. We want to ensure that Canadians are benefiting from our ambitious plan to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and help our most vulnerable.”

Also included in the budget is the plan to support trade and transportation corridor projects that will help Canadians get their products to markets across Canada and around the world, through an investment of $10.1 billion over 11 years. As well as providing more than $11.2 billion over 11 years for a National Housing Strategy to help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. Of the total funding, $3.2 billion will be provided to provinces and territories to support key priorities for affordable housing.

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