The government has outlined priorities with clear winners and clear losers, and the line drawn in the sand places the biggest burden on my generation. From changes to the pension plan, cuts to key youth training programs and no action on the climate front, the future as imagined by Stephen Harper is not looking that appealing to me.
First, let's look at the major winners in this budget -- Harper's friends in the resource extraction sector. Big corporations and polluters will reap the rewards of significantly weakened federal environmental laws, including changes to the environmental assessment process and cuts to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The budget eliminates the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, but keeps in the over $1 billion in subsidies to the oil and gas industry.
As Marc Lee points out in his post on the budget, the word "climate" is only mentioned four times in the budget, and twice it is in reference to the investment climate. This is not a budget from a government that is taking the threat of climate change seriously; it is the budget of a government that is selling future generations down the drain.