5:30 a.m., Jan. 26)
Minister comes to Orléans to make campaign-style
By Fred Sherwin
Minister Stephen Harper addresses the television
cameras in front of a partisan audience at
Ecole secondaire Garneau on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
received another standing ovation when he turned his attention
to the rising threat of homegrown radical jihadists.
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."
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.
event was hosted by Orléans MP Royal Galipeau who
celebrated the ninth anniversary of first getting elected
to the House of Commons on Saturday.
will be looking to get reelected a third time when Canadians
are called to the polls this year.
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