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Unfit to Print || March 29, 2017

March 29 episode: Highlights of the 2017 Federal Budget, Building a Strong Middle Class

This episode of Unfit to Print highlights the implications of Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget, Building a Strong Middle Class.

The first segment features an interview with Marc Miller, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Member of Parliament for the Ville-Marie riding of montreal. Miller is a graduate of McGill University in Common and Civil Law. He previously served in the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs and International development and the Subcommittee on International Human rights. Miller spoke about the feminist agenda reflected in the budget, and how innovation policies can benefit students entering the workforce. Miller’s interview discusses the implications of the Budget on Montreal’s housing, as well as wider implications for the Montreal community. Miller has hosted a National Housing Strategy Consultation aimed to address housing affordability, social housing, and environmental sustainability last year.

The second segment features an interview with Sasha Caldera, an advocate of sustainable development. Caldera is currently is a Constituency Mobilization Coordinator with Engineers Without Borders Canada. Caldera led a research team as part of the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition in reforming Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Caldera’s interview highlights the Canadian government’s commitment operationalizing the Development Finance Institution. Canada is the last G7 country to institutionalize DFI. Caldera discusses the ways in which Budget accounts for sustainable development