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As a political document, a federal budget is always guaranteed to draw a wide range of responses.

Here’s a sampling of how some prominent political, labour, business and other public figures responded to the budget tabled by the Liberal Party in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 27.

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“Never has a prime minister spent so much to achieve so little. Despite last year's economic good fortune, Justin Trudeau has failed once again to deliver the results that matter to Canadians.'' Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

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“The simple fact is that Justin Trudeau is failing once again to match his big promises with action.'' Scheer

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“I would love to see this government implement pharmacare. I would love to see the government take our plan. Please, take our idea.'' NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

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“The Paris target of holding global average temperature at no more than 1.5 degrees C above Industrial Revolution levels is a fundamental goal that should involve a whole-of-government approach. Yet Budget 2018 does not touch subsidies to fossil fuels in the oil patch and for fracked natural gas.'' Green party Leader Elizabeth May

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“Measures such as increased funding for the Natural Research Council, the Trade Commissioners Service, the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, regulatory simplification and for supporting getting more women in trades will be major supports for manufacturers in Canada moving forward. However, for Canada to capitalize on its innovation and global exports strategies, decisive action is needed to halt the erosion of Canadian competitiveness.'' Dennis Darby, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

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“CARE Canada welcomes Budget 2018's commitment to an additional $2 billion over five years, following a schedule of increases to the International Assistance Envelope. This will provide a measure of certainty around Canada's international assistance spending, and will allow for longer-term planning and more durable international assistance outcomes.'' Gillian Barth, president, Care Canada

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“The Canadian government is clearly concerned about wildlife and habitat loss in Canada and this budget shows good intentions to protect new habitats and help species in decline recover. While there are still many details missing from the budget, we look forward to working with the government over the coming months to ensure strong protections and effective wildlife recovery initiatives for the future.'' Megan Leslie, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada

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“The enhancement of the former Working Income Tax Benefit, now the Canada Workers Benefit, will certainly improve the day-to-day lives of many workers who struggle to make ends meet or face precarious work circumstances. However, we have to be clear that wage subsidies aren't the long-term systemic solution to poverty it is critical to have stronger legislation and a fully funded comprehensive anti-poverty strategy to eradicate poverty as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.'' Liz Majic, legal education and outreach co-ordinator of Canada Without Poverty

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“Although the budget sets out many positive measures, including support for women entrepreneurs, a clearer path to Indigenous self-determination and improved skills development, it doesn't address the most basic issues facing our economy. The cost of running a business in Canada is rising rapidly. Without a strong private sector, there's no way to pay for all this spending, except by sending the bill to our kids.'' Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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“Despite limited fiscal manoeuvrability, the government could have signalled positive support for capital formation and business expansion across the country.'' Ian Russell, president and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada

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“Escalating conflict, health pandemic threats and weakened economies have created global needs we haven't seen in recent times, especially for the most vulnerable children and Canadian international assistance is an important part of the solution.'' Michael Messenger, president and CEO, World Vision Canada

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“CWA Canada, the country's only all-media union, applauds the federal government's announcement today that it will spend $50 million over five years to support local journalism in under-serviced communities. The union also welcomes the commitment in the federal budget to look at allowing news organizations to receive charitable status for not-for-profit journalism.'' CWA Canada President Martin O'Hanlon

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“We are pleased the government has heard the call of Canada's scientific and research community that investing in basic research will support fundamental advances in knowledge that will benefit all Canadians. This budget's investment is a giant step forward and puts us well on the road to strengthening Canada's research system.'' David Robinson, executive director, the Canadian Association of University Teachers

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“Budget 2018 makes a strong commitment to student researchers with significant new funding allocated for the research granting councils.'' Michael McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

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“Students have long called for substantial investments in student-led research and this budget delivers.'' Guillaume Lecorps, vice-president of the Quebec Student Union

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“Federal budgets show an increasing tendency to put spin ahead of substance. The 2018 budget marks a new low: it buries the key fiscal projections which in many provinces would be on the front page in an annex on page 319. Budget 2018 shows spending on programs up yet again, with interest costs putting further pressure on the bottom line. The government has adopted overspending and red ink as signature policies. Balancing the budget is out of scope.'' Bill Robson, president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute

Source: Canadian Press

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