Looking ahead to Budget 2016: Finance Minister, Prime Minister to speak shortly

first_imgThe good news for P-SAC is that according to a new public opinion poll infrastructure spending and job action were ranked second and third among the budget priorities of Canadian voters, but the downside is both require spending taxpayer money, and the poll’s top priority was tax cuts. OTTAWA, O.N. — This is budget day in Ottawa, as the second Trudeau government takes its first trip to the taxpayer’s spending plate hoping for at least a base hit, but facing some tough economic uncertainty pitching.Much of its coming from the oil and gas industry, and as reported last week, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada has already offered the Liberals an enticing $500 million trick pitch.It’s an infrastructure funding pitch, and it calls for the money to be transferred to the provinces in order to help address climate change policies — but the trick to hitting it is to also address the massive job loss challenges originating in the oil patch.- Advertisement -On the mound for P-SAC is the crafty veteran President and CEO Mark Salkeld, who wants government help in dealing with the massive cost of Western Canadian well decommissioning operations.He says it’s important for the public to understand this isn’t about a producer’s bailout. Salkeld was responding to headlines suggesting the top five producers in the country are sitting on a boat load of cash, when he said:Salkeld has confirmed the P-SAC decommissioning plan also calls for project extension across the border into northeast B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more