Let’s board the budget ship before it leaves the harbor

By Aaron Berhane February 2009 The federal government of Canada has allocated a huge budget to stimulate Canada`s economy. In two years’ time, t...

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By Aaron Berhane
February 2009

The federal government of Canada has allocated a huge budget to stimulate Canada`s economy. In two years’ time, the government would have spent $35 billion to reduce taxes, renovate houses, for infrastructure and increasing Employment Insurance benefits. It would also have invested $200 billion in reducing businesses taxes and making credit and finance available to them.

As members of Canadian society, our community has every right to benefit from this package. However, if we don’t try to navigate the obstacles in our way and enter the door of opportunity, we might miss what we’re entitled to

So, what should the Eritrean community do to secure benefits for its members? Simple. It must organize educational seminars and invite professionals who can enlighten members about the economic crisis and what is available in the budget for us. This should be the very first task our community center must undertake during this dire economic crisis.

All the same, we shouldn’t expect our community center to assume full responsibility for us all. We must each take responsibility for ourselves. We must each explore what we can access from the budget. We must move out of our comfort zone and learn from the members of other communities. We must contact non-profit organizations and share our challenges with them; they provide priceless services. We must become more conscious about the government’s activities more now than ever before.

The government has already approved its budget. Let’s jump aboard the budget ship before it leaves.

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