The NDP MP for Kootenay Columbia is lauding the Liberals new budget for its focus on parks and conservation, but says they left out many important issues.
Wayne Stetski is reacting to the federal government’s plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year unveiled to Canadians Tuesday.
The budget sets aside $1.3 billion over the next five years to support biodiversity and species at risk.
Stetski, who is the New Democrat’s Critic for National Parks, had been calling on Ottawa to spend $1.4 billion to protect certain vulnerable areas across the country.
“Some good news around Conservation,” the local Member of Parliament concedes. “Very pleased to see the government deliver on what we were lobbying for.”
In an initial statement, the New Democrat said the latest budget does not do enough to address climate change.
Stetski elaborated on his concern during a teleconference with media Wednesday.
“I think what’s missing, from my perspective, that would have been great to see in the budget would have been the Energy Retrofit Program,” he suggests.
The Kootenay Columbia representative proposes government should support home and business owners who make their properties more green.
“If you want to have meaningful impact both on the economy and the environment, the money that allows homeowners to find ways to conserve energy in their homes through additional installation, or changing out windows,” he submits. “That was a really could invest that government has had in the past but wasn’t included in this budget.”
Stetski is disappointed to see no new money for universal daycare or childcare and affordable housing, both are what he calls major issues in his riding.
He says the Liberals seem to have entirely forgotten about universal daycare in this budget.
Experts in the East Kootenay have said there’s a so-called “child care crisis” in the region due to the lack of spaces and educators.
Stetski is praising the Liberals for promising one point three billion dollars over the next five years for conservation.
The Liberals latest budget comes with a $18 billion deficit for this fiscal year.
– NDP Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski