Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

March 22, 2011 19:03 ET

"Ditch the fighter jets and corporate tax cuts" - CUPE NL

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Reacting to today's federal budget, CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, "The Harper Government needs to ditch the $30 billion fighter jets as well as the corporate tax cuts." 

Lucas says, "What working Canadian families really need is better pension income through long overdue reforms to the Canada Pension Plan, universal Pharmacare to tackle skyrocketing drug prices and a national child care program.

"By cancelling the additional 1.5 per cent reduction to corporate tax rates, and returning to 2008 levels of taxation, the federal government could save $13.7 billion," argues Lucas.

"With the economy continuing to be in a fragile state, now is not the time to be wasting billions of dollars on questionable corporate tax cuts, fighter jets and U.S.-style super jails," says Lucas.

"CUPE is also pleased to see that Jack Layton and the NDP will not be supporting this budget, because it does next to nothing to address the concerns that have been raised by labour," he says.

Contact Information

  • Wayne Lucas
    CUPE NL President
    709-727-2509 (Cell)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)
    902-880-8057 (Cell)