Alternative Federal Budget Targets Job Creation

March 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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Putting Canadians back to work is the best way to balance the federal government's budget.  That's the key message of the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) project, recently released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The AFB is produced each year by a broad coalition of community, labour, and environmental organizations, including the CAW.  This year's AFB, recognizing the continuing crisis in Canada's labour market, urged federal support to create and maintain 330,000 jobs, and to get the unemployment rate back down to pre-recession levels by 2011.  Its ambitious job-creation strategy includes support for manufacturing, job-creating environmental investments, and a dramatic improvement in EI qualifying rules (to help the more than 1 million unemployed Canadians who don't qualify for benefits).

By creating new jobs, the AFB strategy actually generates more government revenues that helps to bring down the government deficit.  Under the AFB plan, the federal debt burden starts shrinking (as a share of GDP) by 2011.

Full details of this year's AFB are available at

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