UCP table first budget; Climate change lawsuit expected today
Cities, civil servants and universities to take most of the cuts
The United Conservative government has tabled its first budget. The deficit this year will come in at just under 9-billion dollars. In an effort to balance the books be 2023 the province will cut spending by just under 3-percent but will preserve funding to healthcare and education. Tax incentives and cuts are also included in the fiscal blueprint to allow the private sector to grow jobs.
Lawsuit to be filed later today
A climate change lawsuit is expected to be filed today against the federal government. Fifteen youth along with the David Suzuki Foundation, which is acting as a partner in the suit, say that young people disproportionately suffer the consequences of climate change. The suit demands the Canadian government cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect young Canadians.
Fellow politicians called the graffiti “disgraceful” and “awful”
Ottawa police are investigating vandalism to Catherine McKenna’s campaign office. Vandals spray painted vulgar names on the outside of the newly re-elected MP’s office. McKenna has faced sharp criticism in her role as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change over the federal carbon tax. She told the Canadian Press earlier this year online attacks have escalated and she sometimes requires a security detail.