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For single father Warren Dahlen, yesterday’s federal budget announcement means he should be able to keep putting food on the table in front of his two young daughters.

For single father Warren Dahlen, yesterday’s federal budget announcement means he should be able to keep putting food on the table in front of his two young daughters.

The federal government has promised $12 billion for infrastructure, which is good news for the 40-year-old electrician, whose employment is only secured by new construction.

“It’s going to guarantee some tradesmen out there will keep their jobs. As long as things are being built, we’ll be working.”

Edward Jones tax accountant Dean Paley said the federal budget included tax measures that affect mainly lower and middle class Canadians.

Based on Dahlen’s $55,000 annual income, his annual tax savings will be approximately $175, Paley said.

The single dad pays $200 per month in child care, but might soon lose a provincial subsidy.

Without subsidy, Dahlen is still facing almost $1,000 per month in after-school care for his two daughters.

Paley said subsidies are based on a person’s pre-tax income and the federal budget would not affect this subsidy.

Dahlen said he would have liked to see money for child care, but isn’t surprised it wasn’t included.

While there was some good news in the budget for Dahlen, he thinks a shift in tax policy is what’s needed to jump-start the country.

“I really wanted to see a cut for people that are making middle-class,” he said.

“The middle class is supporting this whole country. People that make the most money have loopholes and pay less than they should be by making charitable contributions.”

 
 
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