FEDERAL BUDGET MUST PROTECT CANADIANS: HUGHES

OTTAWA – Today’s federal Budget must focus on the needs of Canadian families, and not just slash spending, says Carol Hughes, NDP member for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.

“The Government is gearing up for big cuts to Federal spending,” said Hughes. “This will hurt the most vulnerable people in and communities across the country – especially in places like Northern Ontario.   It will do nothing to help Canadians who continue to struggle in these hard economic times.”

“New Democrats are calling on this Government to change course, and focus on growth, jobs, and the needs of average Canadians” concluded Hughes.

Hughes will be available to comment on the Budget after it is tabled in Parliament later this afternoon.

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For more information, or to schedule Budget 2012 reaction from Carol Hughes after 6 pm today, please contact:   Jamie Burgess, Office of Carol Hughe 613-996-5376 or hughec.a1@parl.gc.ca