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With the Harper Conservatives set to bring down an austerity budget in two weeks, the Alternative Federal Budget outlines how a better budget isn’t just possible – it’s necessary.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released the AFB today. The budget has a plan to tackle income inequality, which is the worst it’s been in three decades.

  • Read the alternative federal budget and download a copy from the CCPA website

A centrepiece of this year’s AFB is the need for fair taxation. CUPE helped shape the budget’s vision of a better tax system where everyone pays their fair share.

The budget presents a public investment plan that promotes a better quality of life for all Canadians, not just an elite few. The AFB will:

  • Tackle poverty and income inequality by investing in public programs like education, affordable housing, public pensions, universal pharmacare, and national child care;
  • Get Canadians working again by creating jobs and lowering the unemployment rate;
  • Close tax loopholes for the wealthy, and put an end to the federal government’s failed corporate tax cut experiment;
  • Get serious about environmental leadership with a forward-looking green strategy; and
  • Repair our cities and build sustainable communities with a long-term physical infrastructure program.