Richards Report – December 29 2017 – Upcoming Budget Priorities

Upcoming Budget Priorities

Support for Alberta’s energy sector? A balanced budget? Lower taxes for all Canadians? Better support for our small businesses?

Every federal budget gives Canadians an opportunity to tell the government what they want to see prioritized for the upcoming year. While your thoughts on how your money should be spent may be drastically different from the government’s ideas, it is still important to voice your opinion. After all, the large outcry from Canadians forced this Liberal government to go back to the drawing board with their proposed small business tax changes.

Despite the government revising their plans on the proposed small business tax changes, there is a chance that these changes may survive in some form in the budget. Canadians need to be aware of this and ensure that their opinions on how small businesses are taxed, and many other issues, are voiced and that the government hears them.

The government has also given a sneak peek at what Canadians can expect to see as priorities in the budget. In the online pre-budget consultation (available at, the government asks Canadians to fill out four surveys on four topics: progress for the middle class, economy of tomorrow, lifelong learning and gender equality. I encourage every constituent to take a few moments to fill out these surveys.

I will also be holding pre-budget consultations in January 2018 across our communities:

Airdrie: Friday January 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Genesis Place – Echo Room, 800 East Lake Blvd. NE, Airdrie

Canmore: Saturday January 27, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Canmore Miners’ Union Hall, 738 7 St., Canmore

Cochrane: Saturday January 27, 2018, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Toyota Community Centre, 8 River Heights Dr., Cochrane

Have your voice heard by coming out to one of the three pre-budget consultations in our community. To RSVP, please contact my office at I want to know what your priorities are for the coming year.

I also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, happy and safe new year. I hope that you had a great holiday season and enjoyed some of the many festivities around town.