Originally published in The Lance on February 7, 2018
When I ran to be the Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, I made infrastructure one of my priorities. Why? Because I have seen firsthand the benefits of infrastructure investments: they help build better communities and grow the economy.
I know that I have said this before but it bears repeating: infrastructure spending can help drive our economy. To be effective, infrastructure spending needs to be targeted and strategic – and it must be accompanied by other measures to complement growth. Our plan includes lowering taxes for the middle-class, investing in early learning and childcare, improving outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
The numbers are clear. Our plan to grow the economy is working. Canada’s economy is growing faster than it has in more than a decade. Almost 700,000 jobs have been created since we were elected, and unemployment is at its lowest rate in over 40 years!
Through smart investments, we can continue to create the kind of growth that works for everyone. So, what does that mean for you?
It means more money in your pocket. For instance, in our riding, the tax-free Canada Child Benefit (CCB) helps more than 8,500 families—that’s more than 15,000 children right in our neighbourhoods. The CCB is putting close to $5 million back in the pockets of Saint Boniface – Saint Vital families. And now, thanks to our strong economy, we are strengthening the CCB by making annual cost of living increases to the CCB starting in July 2018—two years ahead of schedule.
It means better support for workers, with the enhancement of the Working Income Tax Benefit, a refundable tax credit that provides important income support.
It means a better future for ourselves, our children, our neighbourhoods, our city and beyond.
Is there more work to do? Without a doubt. Every conversation on your doorstep, every call or email to my office, provides me with important feedback on where we need to do better.