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The Budget – Left Out Again!

The Budget. I was watching the news this morning and saw a video interview with a 30 something dad (married with 2 kids), who had lost his job in the oilpatch. The voiceover interviewer was talking about how the new budget will help his family now that his family income is under $95,000.00. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!

I take home 1/3 of that (Net $24,000.00/yr.) and there is NOTHING in the budget (or any budget, ever) to help me or so many others like me. Middle aged, female, single, white/non-ethnic (I hope that doesn’t offend anyone) and employed.

I have contributed to the federal/provincial tax regime for over 45 years and never been given a break. Gender/age/income inequality is alive and well, and apparently no one gives a damn!

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  1. then make more money and stop complaining

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  2. Agreed. The average person doesn’t matter. It’s the ones with extraordinary circumstances that seem to get the attention.

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  3. lack of ambition sucks ass, doesn’t it? no reason for a middle aged person to be relying on the government for help! you’re old enough, you have had the world in the palm of your hand, but yet, you’ve been happy stuck making a small amount of income (nothing wrong if that’s what you truly want), but don’t effing complain about how the government doesn’t help you.

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    • Nicole Swain Nicole Swain says:

      Those earners with “oil money” sacrifice alot. I used to always day why are people complaining they make big money. You can’t put a price tag on life, family etc. There’s no huge kick back to making money in a higher tax bracket. You worker longer and harder and don’t get a break. I agree Andreia with your comment. Those who strive to earn more know the ramifications. In the end you aren’t much further ahead.

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    • Ma Simm Ma Simm says:

      I totally agree with your comment. Thanks finally some one gets it.

      If you’re not making enough money get a second job or better yourself!

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    • No ambition? This is rude. You don’t know anything about the OP. She’s not asking for a handout, she’s asking for the same type of breaks these other guys get.

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  4. Nicole Swain Nicole Swain says:

    The budget isn’t helping those in higher earning categories at all in my opinion unless I missed something..be happy you’re employed and still make the $24,000. That gentleman isn’t getting a job anytime soon. Isn’t going to get a carbon levy kick back to offset higher utility costs and god forbid he has children. Nothing there either. I guess his saving is he can cut back on child care costs because he is home now.

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  5. Maybe you make less than the interviewer because simple fractions seem to be beyond you. 3×24000= 72000. 4×24000=96000.

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  6. I am a single parent with two kids…I already make double what you do and if I had no kids I would have the time and opportunity to bust my butt more. Maybe look into having the government pay for a 10 month school program. Unless you are working entry level retail /service your wage doesn’t add up.

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  7. Ginny Maria Ginny Maria says:

    I was thinking something similar. I possess 3 of the characteristics this person specifically mentioned: I’m female, middle-ish aged (that hurts to say haha) and (legally) single. I was not born into privilege. I forged my own path. I just don’t see how those particular factors mentioned, including ethnicity, contribute to this person’s predicament.

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  8. Ginny Maria Ginny Maria says:

    Sorry, what does this have to do with gender, marital status, ethnicity and age??

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  9. Lucie Mahé Lucie Mahé says:

    You haven’t looked close enough you will be getting some money since you make under $51,000

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  10. Pat Scott Pat Scott says:

    totally agree really unbelievable what is going on.

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  11. the government helps people with lower incomes more than people with higher incomes. with your income you can get funding to go back to school. you get gst credits and of you have kids you get more child tax.

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  12. Cari Sware Cari Sware says:

    Back when I was working at McDonalds for $4 an hour after dropping out of high school I realized, this sucks. I’m never going to have the life I want with this wage. My single mom, raising myself and my sister didn’t have the money to pay for post secondary education. So I applied for a loan. When that didn’t cover costs I researched funding and grants and found one that covered my education. Went into debt and destroyed my credit while I was in school but I did what I had to to survive. Placing blame on a man with a family who’s lost his job is ridiculous. Want a better life? Look in the mirror, put on your big girl panties and get it done. There’s always a way.

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  13. There are hundreds of grants for single mothers women in the trades and funding for education go for it

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  14. Ma Simm Ma Simm says:

    This family makes under $45,000.00 a year, now the the dad lost his job. You posted $95,000.00

    If I needed more money, I got a second job. I worked two jobs for YEARS. Why are you on facebook complaining? Get hasslin!

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  15. Shawna Walsh Shawna Walsh says:

    You made the decision to take the job you have. The oil patch guys made the decision to make sacrifices and take the job. No jobs are guaranteed for life. You could make the choice to improve yourself. Oil patch guy can make choice to get another job. Neither one deserves hand outs from government. Grow up. Take responsibility for your decisions.

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  16. I’m a single parent. I haven’t made $24k a year in over 15 years. That’s a minimum wage job. Go to school. And what does the budget have to do with age, gender and ethnicity?

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  17. You get in life what you work for! Middle aged, no kids which pretty much tells me you have basic living expenses and all the time in the world. You are the only one holding you back. Go back to school. Contribute more to society than folding clothes and serving food. ( these jobs have their place in society for those with complicated schedules/students and are ok to supplement another income but never meant to be a sole income) get funding and if for some crazy reason you can’t then get off your ass and get a second job. Babysit, mow lawns, anything!!!!! If you want it bad enough then you will make it happen. All I hear are excuses and wanting a hand out.

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