MP’s budget statements misleading

The federal budget comes to 369 pages in total, so it’s safe to say not everyone has read the whole thing. And from his comments on Feb. 28, it would seem our MP is among that number. So let’s talk about coastal communities in B.C.

The 2018 budget will see $150 million for small craft harbours, with a further $100 million in 2019. There are 14 harbours in the mid-Island zone of the Harbour Authority Association of B.C. Both Port Hardy and Powell River are mentioned by name in the budget. There’s also $100 million this year to improve internet access in rural communities in Canada with LEO satellites. As well, $189 million will be allocated for indigenous self-government, and eight per cent of the riding are First Nations.

As for why the provinces can move faster than the federal government on housing, Mr. Johns might be interested to learn that under the Constitution Acts, housing falls under the purview of the provinces. Federal involvement with housing outside of the CMHC and legacy funding for social housing ended in 1996. The national housing strategy created by the government is starting from scratch.

Perhaps the NDP, over a million dollars in debt after spending 150 per cent of its revenue in the 2016 election, should learn from its mistake instead of advocating for “spend first, ask questions later” to become the policy of the government.

Mr. Johns can debate priorities in the budget, and there’s ample room to do so. But misleading people is beneath the dignity of the office he holds.

Scott Harrison

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Pole dancers bring disco theme for second Errington hall event

Island Talent Pole Fitness show to include national champs on June 2

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Comox Valley baseball player Thomas Green commits to Cuesta College

18-year-old shortstop following in older cousin Taylor’s footsteps

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

Most Read