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Statement from MP Karen Vecchio on the 2021 Federal Budget

From the Constituency Office of Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament
Statement from MP Karen Vecchio on the 2021 Federal Budget
April 19, 2021
St. Thomas, ON – Today, Member of Parliament Karen Vecchio for Elgin-Middlesex-London released the following statement in reaction to the federal government’s first table budget in over two years:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a major burden on families and businesses across our country. With new restrictions recently put in place, it is more important than ever that the federal government supports Canadians to endure these unprecedent times.
“Although I have serious concerns regarding the financial security of Canadians and the massive deficits that this government continues to embrace, I am pleased the budget is investing in fighting child sexual exploitation and violence against women, as well as establishing a suicide prevention hotline. The Budget does also provide some targeted supports for constituents of Elgin-Middlesex-London facing unique challenges due to the pandemic.

“However, I cannot support the massive debts this government continues to pile on Canadian families. The Liberal track-record on the economy through the pandemic has been abysmal, achieving some of the worst outcomes and unemployment rates in the G7 despite spending the most per capita. Unfortunately, this Budget has not provided any reassurance to Canadians that the government’s debt management is under control, or that they have any real plan to secure Canada’s economy. Instead the government has outlined a $354.2 Billion deficit.

“I will continue to champion the financial well-being of all residents in Elgin-Middlesex-London. While I am glad that there are measures in this budget that will support Canadians through post-pandemic recovery, the government must remain focused on securing adequate vaccine supplies. The government must also start to be more critical with how they spend, and focus on wise expenditures, and not on massive new projects that re-imagine our economy.”

For more information contact:
Jillian Ferguson
Office of Karen Vecchio
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