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Canada’s economic recovery is facing significant challenges from both within and outside our borders. Measures taken in the 2012 federal budget will be critical to ensuring the interests of Canadians workers are being protected.

While immediate short-term concerns need to be addressed, CUPE is advocating an approach that tackles long-term weaknesses, including stagnant productivity, slow wage growth, and an increasing inequitable economy.

In its budget consultation submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, CUPE made three main recommendations which would shift economic efforts from public service cuts and corporate tax cuts to a more balanced and productive approach.

In its submission, CUPE calls for the federal government to sustain and expand public services, jobs and spending.  Implementing reforms for fair taxation is also recommended, and the promotion of investment in sustainable growth and job creation, starting with a revitalized public infrastructure funding program.

The federal budget is traditionally tabled in the House of Commons in February or March.

CUPE’s submission was reported on by the iPolitics.ca website.