Canyon MP, Mark Strahl highlighted four items in Economic Action Plan
2014 that he says responds directly to concerns raised by his
The budget items Strahl referred to are: conserving recreational
fisheries habitat; introducing a tax credit to recognize the role played
by search and rescue volunteers; bringing greater accountability to
Parliament; and a further expanding of benefits for Veterans.
"I am very pleased to see issues of concern raised to me by local voters
addressed in this budget. This is a good budget for Canada and a good
budget for our local area," said Strahl.
The Conservative Government has proposed a doubling of the annual
funding for the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships program
by providing an additional $15 million over two years.
Established in June 2013, the program support projects aimed at
improving the conservation of recreational fisheries habitat. The
Program brings partners together and pools their resources to support
the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada's recreational
In the first round of funding 28 projects were approved in British
Columbia including local projects on Cheam Lake and the Vedder River.
Building on the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit which recognized the
important role played by volunteer firefighters, the Conservative
Government is proposing a new Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax to
recognize Canada's other quite heroes ground, air and marine search and
Economic Action Plan 2014 announces a 15 per cent non-refundable Search
and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit on an amount of $3,000 for ground, air
and marine search and rescue volunteers. This credit will be available
to search and rescue volunteers who perform at least 200 hours of
service during a year.
The Government will introduce legislation to prohibit Members of the
Senate and the House of Commons from accruing pensionable service as a
result of having been suspended from Parliament through a majority vote
by their peers.
"Canadians expect their Senators and Parliamentarians to carry out their
responsibilities with the utmost integrity. We are taking action to
ensure those who abuse the system do not profit from it," said Strahl.
The Government wants to ensure that the men and women who fought for our
country have access to the programs and services they need. This
includes a commitment to providing a dignified funeral and burial for
veterans of modest financial means.
Economic Action Plan 2013 invested $65 million over two years to
simplify the Funeral and Burial Program for veterans' estates and to
increase the funeral services reimbursement rate from $3,600 to $7,376.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes a further investment of $108.2
million over three years, starting in 2013-14, to expand eligibility of
the program to ensure that modern-day veterans of modest means have
access to a dignified funeral and burial.
"By controlling department spending, we can deliver on these initiatives
while keeping taxes low and staying on course to a balanced budget,"
Federal budget focused on creating jobs and growing
Released February 11, 2014
Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl welcomed Economic Plan 2014,
the Conservative Government's 2014 budget for its focus on creating
jobs, growing the economy and projecting a return to balanced budgets in
"Our Government remains squarely focussed on the economy with a plan
that will keep Canada's economy growing and build on our enviable job
creation record," said Strahl.
Economic Action Plan 2014 keeps taxes low on families and businesses
rejecting calls from both the Liberals and the NDP to hike taxes. The
Plan also continues measures to contain departmental spending allowing
the Government to remain on track to a balanced budget while spending
for benefits for seniors and support for health care and education
continue to grow.
Strahl highlighted the Government's commitment to invest $222 million
over five years in British Columbia's TRIUMF facility as example of how
the Plan will help create jobs and strengthen the province's economy.
TRIUMF is Canada's premier physics laboratory that has helped launch
several spin-off companies and accelerate the growth of existing firms.
Economic Action Plan also proposes to provide $90.4 million over four
years to continue to support the Investments in Forest Industry
Transformation (IFIT) program. The IFIT has helped enable Canadian
forestry companies create high-value products from Canada's forest
To recognize Canadians who put their lives at risk in service to their
community the Government is proposing a new Search and Rescue Volunteer
Tax Credit -a 15 per cent non-refundable credit on an amount of $3,000
for ground, air and marine search and rescue volunteers who perform at
least 200 hours of combined eligible search and rescue services.
Other key measures in Economic Action Plan 2014 include:
* Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills
training they need to get in-demand jobs.
* Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in
Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each
* Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically
match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them.
* Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million
to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and
medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields.
* Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the
Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want
to participate in the job market.
* Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll
remittances for 50,000 small businesses.
* Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion
over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada
First Research Excellence Fund.
* Conserving Canada's Natural Heritage: investing in Canada's national
parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding
tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging
clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and
* Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a
child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping
wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down
on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
* Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote
communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation
Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a
Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more.
* Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim's Bill of
Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index.
Under the Conservative Government, transfer payments to British Columbia
have grown 27 per cent to a record $5.8 billion in 2014-15.
"Unlike the previous Liberal government, we will not decimate health
care to balance the budget," said Strahl. "We will stick to our low-tax
plan which is creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians."
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