Positive response to federal budget from Atlantic Canada


Published on March 23, 2017

There were not too many negative reviews around Atlantic Canada of the federal budget brought down by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the second for the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

In Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial Finance Minister Cathy Bennett was pleased with Ottawa’s commitment to infrastructure and the changes to the EI system.
Parents in P.E.I. also cheered news of more daycare spending and extended parental leave.“The biggest thing is you get to stay home with your baby longer,” said North Rustico mom Ashlen Smith. “And if that financially works out, I think it’s really great.”
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