Elizabeth May introduces ‘Green Scissors’ for upcoming Canadian budget

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Author: Andrew Moran

On Thursday, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will introduce the federal budget. Reports indicate that many cuts are expected in this year’s budget, including savings to at least five federal departments, lowering the House of Commons budget by seven percent and even cutting back on the lucrative pension plan for Members of Parliament and senators.

Two days before this important budget, Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Green Party leader, issued a number of recommendations to Flaherty as part of her “Green Scissors” initiative.

May noted in her press release that she is cautious about Flaherty increasing the retirement age to 67 and making cuts to environmental science, fisheries protection and youth unemployment services.

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