LISTEN: Geoff Currier interviews MP Jim Carr about the federal budget.
WINNIPEG – The Liberals unveiled the 2017 federal budget Wednesday with an emphasis on innovation and the middle class.
But out of the $330 billion, nothing is dedicated to helping deal with the influx of migrants crossing the border illegally.
Federal Natural Resources Minister and Winnipeg South Centre MP Jim Carr tells 680 CJOB there isn’t any money available because border services and settlement agencies are adequately staffed for now.
“The federal government has made a commitment to Manitobans and to those people in charge of the front line that we will be there for them as the demand warrants it,” says Carr.
Carr didn’t say if the government would do anything to change immigration laws or stem the flow of migrants.
Meanwhile, one of the key buzz words in this year’s federal budget is “innovation” and it’s mentioned 212 times in the 280 page document.
Carr explains what they really mean by that.
“Innovation is doing things better [and] using brain power to add value to what we do now,” says Carr. “Innovation, particularly in the natural resource sector, is very important for what I do as minister.”
Carr tells 680 CJOB the Alberta oil sands are a good example of how innovation spurred an entire industry when people were trying to figure out how to get the oil out of the ground.
The budget allocates $1 billion on innovation projects including skills training, high tech sectors and even an artificial intelligence strategy.
Meanwhile, the words “middle class” were mentioned 111 times in the federal budget.