timberland 88580 advocacy groups give tentative thumbs up to 2018 federal budget

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Prince Edward Island lawmakers and advocates are cautiously optimistic about Tuesday federal budget, with its emphasis on greater gender equality and increased money for skilled work and entrepreneurship.

Charlottetown MP Sean Casey said Tuesday he is especially happy to see initiatives aimed at helping the working poor.

always talk about the middle class, and when I knocking on doors talking about the middle class, what I often get is, about the poor? Casey said Tuesday.

I awful glad to be able to answer that question favourably. pointed to changes that will see the Canada Revenue Agency automatically apply the newly re branded Canada Workers Benefit to low income workers a change that will help approximately 8,000 low income earners in Prince Edward Island.

Steps are also being taken toward a national pharmacare program an initiative that will also benefit those on fixed and low incomes, once implemented.

finally, as a government, got past whether we going to implement pharmacare, and we now on to how, Casey said.

Overall story: Liberals champion their values in 2018 budget aimed at long term vision

really (a) need for increased development at the national level to make sure that there are childcare spaces that are affordable and available in all parts of the country that match the needs of the workers in those areas. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will receive an additional $48 million in funding to help businesses and entrepreneurs in the region grow and innovate. Of this, $8 million will be earmarked specifically for female entrepreneurs. Finance Minister Heath MacDonald says he was happy to see investments in employment and skills programs, including those aimed at increasing participation of women in non traditional trades.

get into a deeper dive into the numbers will be a telling tale, but I really think it really aligns well with what we trying to do here, MacDonald said, adding that growing a skilled workforce is a key priority of the provincial government.

That why he is especially interested in learning more about the $230 million to be invested in federal provincial skills programs funded through Labour Market Development Agreements.

Part of this funding will go toward providing relief to seasonal workers on employment insurance who experience a hole of time between when their EI benefits run out and their seasonal jobs resume.

But, Casey noted this support will be tied to training programs.

I didn expect that to happen in the budget,
timberland 88580 advocacy groups give tentative thumbs up to 2018 federal budget
but that something on which I continue to work, Casey said.

Another wish list item the province would have liked to see was an increase in what it was told it would get in equalization transfers, which did not happen. Casey noted equalization payments are going up six per cent this year, totaling $638 million.

want to continue to see growth in those areas, and transfer payments would make it easier, but we don have it, so we work within our means, MacDonald said. Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Making sure women can participate in the workforce doesn just benefit women, it benefits all of Canada, she said.

people frame it as advantages for women, what it really doing is addressing a situation that unequal and that has consequences for families and for all of society. also welcomed the news that Status of Women Canada will be made into a full federal department complete with more money for grant programs for projects aimed at advancing gender equality, as well as the increased parental leave for new parents.

But gaps in access to childcare remain continued barriers for women, notably single mothers.

really (a) need for increased development at the national level to make sure that there are childcare spaces that are affordable and available in all parts of the country that match the needs of the workers in those areas. Francis, president of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, expressed support for increases in funding for skills development and innovation as well as initiatives aimed at gender equality.

But with a deficit of $18.1 billion and no plan to return to balance, business owners are concerned about the potential for future tax hikes.

economy is doing well in (this) country. This would seem to be a time when we should be toning down spending overall and making sure we have some room to respond to downturns in the economy, Francis said.
timberland 88580 advocacy groups give tentative thumbs up to 2018 federal budget

timberland 88580 Carillion chiefs branded ‘delusional’ after grilling over company’s collapse

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Executives at defunct construction giant Carillion have been branded “delusional” and accused of playing the blame game by MPs, as a damning report revealed how company bosses presided over a string of failures that led to its collapse.

A raft of former board members faced MPs from the Business and Pensions Committees, who pushed bosses to take responsibility over the company’s rapid decline.

MPs Rachel Reeves and Frank Field who are co chairs of the joint committee inquiry said the executives were “a series of delusional characters” who “maintained that everything was hunky dory until it all went suddenly and unforeseeably wrong”.

“We heard variously that this was the fault of the Bank of England, the foreign exchange markets, advisers, Brexit, the snap election, investors, suppliers, the construction industry, the business culture of the Middle East and professional designers of concrete beams.”

Ms Reeves and Mr Field said everything they had seen “points the finger in another direction to the people who built a giant company on sand in a desperate dash for cash.”

A freshly released report compiled by Carillion just days before its collapse in January showed the company was well aware of a growing pile of problems at the doomed firm.

“The group had become too complex with an overly short term focus, weak operational risk management and too many distractions outside of our ‘core’,” the presentation said.

It also highlighted “poor planning of effective contract controls and monitoring”, “insufficient understanding of and adherence to contract requirements”, and a “lack of ownership of issues”.

During the committee hearing, former chief executive Keith Cochrane admitted he should have acted sooner before the company’s collapse, but claimed that all the decisions he took were in Carillion’s best interest, while former finance director Zafar Khan defended his track record over his nine months at the firm.

He said: “I don’t believe I was asleep at the wheel because as soon as I came into the role, we were looking to tackle the issues and the key focus of my time in the role was to bring net debt down.”

He added: “I believe I did everything that I could have done, essentially.”

The executives brushed off suggestions that Carillion was looking out for shareholders at the expense of employees, having continued to pay dividends while the company was struggling under the weight of a hefty pension deficit last cited at 587 million.

But Mr Cochrane said cancelling the 50 million dividend payment in 2017 would not have had a significant impact on the company’s finances.

Carillion’s schemes are being transferred to the public Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which means eligible staff are likely to receive just a portion of their promised pensions.

The former finance director went on to pin the company’s collapse on issues including Brexit, saying it compounded the difficulties in replacing a number of contracts that were coming to a close.

Another former boss, Richard Howson, claimed the company was “well run” but that there were “things that I would have done differently” while another former finance chief, Richard Adam, said that he knew Carillion was in a “challenging position” when he left the firm in December 2016.

But both were accused of offering “just words” when it came to apologies over the collapse of Carillion.

MPs detailed bonuses paid to former chief executive Mr Howson 293,000 in 2015 and 245,000 in 2016 and former finance chief Mr Adam, who received 140,000 in 2016 and 215,000 a year earlier. Mr Howson said he was comfortable with the size of his bonus and said it was justified “for the attributes that I earned it for”.

“I know there will be a review of whether those bonuses were properly paid in line with processes and if the outcome of that review says that the bonuses should be paid back by any extent then I’ll abide by that decision,” he said.

However, neither confirmed that they would voluntarily give up part of their bonus in light of the collapse.

Philip Green told MPs said he ultimately took the blame for Carillion’s eventual liquidation.

Mr Green said: “The collapse is the responsibility of the chairman and the board. As chairman of the board, I take full responsibility.”

He added: “We went into the year with too much debt. Contracts deteriorated rapidly and because we didn’t have that wiggle room, that was a significant factor.”
timberland 88580 Carillion chiefs branded 'delusional' after grilling over company's collapse