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Budgets, Bats and Sunday’s Best

Some may view the 2012 Federal Budget on Thursday as a Baseball Bat to the head, but it seems that the Harper Government pulled their punch a little, given they didn’t slash the Federal Civil Service the way it was being predicted. As I mentioned on Friday, I am in one of the target groups for age, so I can get Old Age Security when I am 66 and 8 months old, but anyone born in 1961 after June 1st is up to 67 years before they can receive that benefit.

Other things are changing that affect me directly:

  • Pension contribution increases for Public Servants, which makes sense if it ensures the system stays afloat.
  • Changes to the RDSP system, which I will elaborate on next week (since that is very important to me).
  • Travellers’ exemptions have increased a bit, so more nice things can come back even if I only stay in the U.S. for 24 hours.
  • Elimination of our beloved penny, no more penny for your thoughts, penny candy or penny whistles, it’s sad, but it does have to go too.
  • Many other exciting things that you should go and read about.

On my twitter feed I continued to find some old and gold posts from the past as well as a lot of exciting retweets in both official languages:

I did find a fun version of the budget on video, done by iPolitics, which is a Pop-up Video version (with very Civil Service leanings, I will freely admit):

Have a great weekend

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