MP says budget good for Langley

Infrastructure program will help municipalities replace aging sewer and water lines.

Langley MP Mark Warawa says there are several elements of the federal budget, released Thursday, that will benefit Langley and its citizens.

The $70 billion infrastructure program will help local governments to rebuild infrastructure and plan on a long-term basis. Unlike earlier programs, it does not require a specific project to be shovel-ready.

“This will help us prepare for continued prosperity,” he said.

Both Langley City and Langley Township have identified the need to replace older infrastructure in their 2103 budgets.

The federal government will also more than double the amount made available to pay for veterans’ funeral expenses, from $3,600 to $7,376. Warawa said the process will also be simplified.

A total of $3 million is being made available for palliative care training across Canada. The government is also making more expenses relating to the adoption of children tax-deductible, including adoption courses and home studies done on the homes of prospective parents.

Warawa said the federal government is also boosting there lifetime capital gains exemption for income tax purposes to $800,000 from $750,000. This will be now be indexed to inflation.

He said the federal government’s focus is on jobs, growth and economic prosperity.

The budget is the eighth one brought down by Finance Minister Jim Fla