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(Updated 5:30 a.m., Jan. 26)
Prime Minister comes to Orléans to make campaign-style speech
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the television cameras in front of a partisan audience at Ecole secondaire Garneau on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

In a move meant to show how much the Conservative Party wants to hold on to Orléans in the next election as it did to set the stage for the next session of parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper dropped by Garneau high school on Sunday to announce his government's plans for the coming weeks.

Speaking in front of a massive Canadian flag flanked by two slightly smaller but equally impressive flags, Harper told the partisan audience that the Conervative government was determined to fulfill ts promise to balance the budget without having to abandoned other promises such as allowing for income splitting and increasing the child tax credit, two promises that were made in the October.

The combined measures are worth about $4.6-billion a year and include income splitting for families with children under 18 and an expansion of the Universal Child Care Benefit, which delivers monthly cheques to families.

Income splitting will allow couples with children younger than 18 to transfer up to $50,000 in income from the higher earner to the lower earner for tax purposes, for a benefit that will be capped at $2,000. It starts with the 2014 tax year.

The Universal Child Care Benefit was introduced in 2006 and delivers $100 cheques every month to families for each child under six. The government wants to increase the monthly amount to $160. Also, parents with children aged 6 to 17 would begin receiving monthly cheques worth $60 for each child in that category.

Harper's pronouncement was met with enthusiastic applause by the audience on Sunday, but it was a promise to introduce legislation to remove the possibility of parole for criminals given life sentences that brought them to their feet.

He received another standing ovation when he turned his attention to the rising threat of homegrown radical jihadists.

Harper promised to introduce legislation this Friday that ensures "police and security forces have the tools they need to meet evolving threats and to keep Canadians safe."

Although the Conservatives have yet to release any details, the legislation is expected to give law enforcement new sweeping powers to detain suspects, track weapons and to restrict the movements of suspected extremists by making it easier to prevent them from boarding planes and lowering the threshold for obtaining a peace bond.

The event was hosted by Orléans MP Royal Galipeau who celebrated the ninth anniversary of first getting elected to the House of Commons on Saturday.

Galipeau will be looking to get reelected a third time when Canadians are called to the polls this year.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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