Business pleased; opposition not so much
Traditionally, opposition politicians aren't happy with a new budget. And this one is no exception.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair calls the document a 'con job' that doesn't provide any real solutions, and he also suggests it relies to heavily on projected revenues.
He also took issue with the characterization of this budget as a 'stay-the-course' budget.
"We think they're continuing the same mistakes they've been making since they got there," Mulcair told CJAD's Aaron Rand, "it's an austerity budget, and you can't 'austere' your way out of a recession. We're in the doldrums economically around the world right now. We had the 2008 recession that hit us very hard. We still have hundreds of thousands of unemployed today, than at the time that crisis hit. And it's not over yet."
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae says the budget is actually more of a political document. He says it's designed to convince Canadians that the Tories are good economic stewards, in advance of an election campaign slated for the fall of 2015.
Finance minister Jim Flaherty says the government remains on target to balance the books by that time, despite a slow economy.
But Rae says the budget contains no new money for its touted job skills program, which he points out won't begin for another year and relies on reaching an agreement with the provinces.
The Canada Job Grant is contingent on the provinces agreeing to pay for one third of each 15-thousand dollar training grant. The feds and employers would pay the other two-thirds.
Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau, the man expected to become the Liberals' full-time leader in a few weeks, called the budget "lacking in steam, lacking in ideas, lacking in a plan to serve Canadians."
Montreal Board of Trade happy
Meanwhile, Michel Leblanc with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal says it's a good budget for Montreal.
"We're very happy that the government is staying the course with this budget on deficit reduction," Leblanc says. "We want a balanced budget, and we wan the government to achieve that without raising taxes."
He says, they're also pleased with the Tories' measures for small business, and infrastructure, particularly, outlining spending for the new Champlain bridge project.
Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.