Flaherty fires back at provinces complaining about Canada Job Grant deadline

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Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty speaks at to reporters following a post-budget event in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is scoffing at provincial complaints about the April 1 deadline for the contentious Canada Job Grant imposed in Tuesday’s federal budget.

Flaherty says the money being put into job creation and job training across the country is federal money, not provincial money.

He says it’s not for a provincial government to tell the federal government how to spend federal tax money.

Flaherty says billions of dollars of federal money flow to the provinces each year, and some of them don’t even report the results and fail to use the cash for job training.

He says provinces and territories should report not only who gets training with the money, but the names of employers and the nature of the training they’re providing.

If the provinces can’t do such reporting, he adds, the federal government will.

Several provincial officials have taken issue with the deadline imposed in Tuesday’s budget.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has expressed outrage that Ottawa is insisting it will enforce the Canada Job Grant in just six weeks, without any stragglers among the provinces and territories if necessary.

In the Quebec legislature today, Marois accused the Conservative government of acting like “a real predator.”

Flaherty, however, says provinces have their own taxation powers and can raise their own taxes.

In a pointed jab at Quebec’s dire economic situation, Flaherty described himself as “the finance minister of a government that is solvent.”

Flaherty’s tone is at odds with that of Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who has reached out to the provinces in recent months in an attempt to get a national deal on the job grant program.

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Quebec

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  • Hank Hill
    February 13, 2014 - 15:01

    Chris S, you sound like you are a liberal for sure and a person who mooches from others the way you spill your guts. He hasn't tabled a balanced budget yet. Hard to recover from liberal spending no matter if it's provincial or federal. Liberal party should change their name to THE WASTE OF SKIN PARTY!

  • Follow the money
    February 13, 2014 - 13:33

    Robbie and Wes are worried about losing what was the LMDA money handed to Innovation for job creation. Oh they created jobs by moving over 300K into the ministers office for salaries. Don't believe me, check the books, and it goes on and on. Mismanagement, maybe. Misappropriation of funds, you bet! These dollars are meant to assist Islanders get back to work! Creating Careers PEI and a UPEI Workforce Strategies research Group are just other ways these dollars have been spent. I am no fan of the cons in Ottawa, but seems we have our own "cons" right here at home.

  • Chris S
    February 13, 2014 - 12:57

    Solvent? Deficit Jim? Oh please, the man has never tabled a balanced budget and his wreckless tax cuts created the structural deficit we've been experiencing. He created the mess and wants credit for all the bad policies he needs to enact to fix it. He won't get that credit from me. I'm tired of this song and dance. CPC creates a boogeyman out of thin air, gullable folks believe it and support whatever trash legislation Jim brings down the pipe.

  • Spin spin spin
    February 12, 2014 - 21:12

    "He says it’s not for a provincial government to tell the federal government how to spend federal tax money." God forbid anyone - provinces included - that should speak up ...but what am I saying...we are just 'the people' after all.

  • Yoddy Vavvy
    February 12, 2014 - 15:15

    If you gave your son money to pay for university tuition and then learned it was being spent on women and parties, you'd be a little perturbed as well.

    • Agree
      February 13, 2014 - 04:19

      Well said... Ghiz and shariden have been robbing the federal money coming in for their political supporters... This pei liberal party is by far the most greedy party I've seen in a long time.. The pc's are not far behind them either.. I work within government and I've seen both parties robbing pei's finances for years and now it's catching up with them and they are taking it out on the people by taxing us to the point people HAVE to leave pei to survive. You liberals should be ashamed of yourselves for forcing families off pei.. It's sad really sad.

  • It's Becoming Clear
    February 12, 2014 - 15:08

    The liberals spend like there's no tomorrow. They're the type who go further and further in debt until they have to claim bankrupcy. They think everyone is entitled to everything they desire. The PC are a bunch of tightwads. They don't want to spend a nickle. They can't even function when they owe money. This explains a lot about the flip flop between red and blue every 8 years and the way we just start to get out of debt only to get back into it even worse. We need a purple party that knows how to live with our means. I will not vote red or blue ever again.

    • Clear if you can't read
      February 12, 2014 - 20:15

      Tories are excellent at running a propaganda machine and having people believe Liberals spend liberally and Conservatives save money. Take a look at past ruling parties and past huge deficits. Conservatives have a terrible track record. I used to believe the hype but the truth is the Conservatives are political machine which makes a very few, very rich. The Liberals were in power from 1993 to 2006 after taking over from the Mulroney mess (and deficit) during that time they ran a deficit two times in 1997 and 2002. Then along come the Tories and every year from their second year (first year still had Liberal policies in place) we have had HUGE deficits...but wonderful ads. Don't believe the hype, Liberal economic policies have been great for Canada and Conservative policies have been very, very good for 1%. Check it out.

  • Garth Staples
    February 12, 2014 - 15:07

    SOME provinces have been 'getting away' with the practice of 'funny reporting' for years. Thank you Jim for putting a halt to this bleeding of taxpayers hard earned dollars.

    • Chris S
      February 13, 2014 - 12:59

      Evidence Garth, put it up.

  • picture perfect
    February 12, 2014 - 14:38

    Nice how you always have a snarling picture of harper or any other conservative and a smiling picture of our ghiz and sheridan. biased much?

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    February 12, 2014 - 14:28

    Now Mr. Sheridan has someone to point the finger at when he can't balance the budget by 2016. A continuation of no tax reform, record rates of inflation. My family is one of the middle class household incomes over $150,000 and this group funds the government and takes nothing back. We don't have lavish things. We don't take vacations. We feed our kids and pay our bills. We used to have savings. What happens when families like ours start leaving the province? We are considering this because we can do our jobs anywhere. The ship is sinking and I'd rather get out in a lifeboat rather than float away with the wreckage. We would be taking four future university students and future tax payers with us. We don't want to leave our home but we're not willing to be squeezed into poverty or rack up ridiculous amounts of dept that we can't pay back. We have to be financially responsible and we simply don't have that option with the current regime.

  • voter
    February 12, 2014 - 14:20

    all liars and thieves --not to mention arrogant ,ignorant and RICH ON TAXPAYERS MONEY !! Politicians(federal or provincial) are a hated bunch !! and rightly so !!!

  • Too Happy
    February 12, 2014 - 14:19

    It's not a jab at the people, It's a jab at the corrupt way the money is used. He wants the provinces to be accountable!

  • Reality Check
    February 12, 2014 - 13:30

    Flaherty should take a minute and try to remember where the federal government gets it's federal tax money. In case he has a case of memory loss - it comes from the taxpayers who live in the provinces that he has such contempt for.

    • Hank Hill
      February 12, 2014 - 14:10

      I happen to agree with most of the federal governments tactics lately. Yes the taxpayers supply the federal tax money but he's not talking about the people of the provinces, he's pointing the finger at the provincial politicians. The likes of what we're currently stuck with (Wes Sheridan). Need I say more. The federal gov't couldn't possibly do a better job then they are currently doing with getting rid of so many wasteful sectors. The only ones complaining about the feds are the useless ones getting canned. Keep up the great work Conservatives of Canada.

    • Mike C
      February 12, 2014 - 14:57

      @Hank, I agree with you taht this particular Provincial Government it is proving to be a total disaster. But I also believe this particular Federal Government hasn't the slightest clue on how Canada works either. They have a very narrow, narcissistic ideology that only supports them and their ever dwindling base. For PEI, having Ghiz as our Premier and then have Harper as our PM at the same time, is proving to be a disaster for the PEI economy.

    • Your right on
      February 13, 2014 - 04:33

      Your right on the money mike having the likes of ghiz and Harper at the same time is the perfect storm that will destroy pei as we know it.. And the worst is yet to come.. I had to leave for Alberta ( because I was drowning in pei ) and a lot of people will have to leave pei before they realize what they are doing to our great province.. It's sink or swim time and I chose to swim!!!