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Yearbook 2009

Canada. At the end of January, the pressured conservative minority government presented the budget for 2009-10, which included a stimulus package of 40 billion Canadian dollars. Tax cuts and investment in infrastructure and jobs would help Canada out of the economic crisis. According to the government, the budget was expected to give the country a growth of 1.4 percent in 2009 and create 190,000 jobs by 2011. The global financial crisis had also hit Canada in the fall of 2008 and in just two months over 100,000 people lost their jobs.

2009 Canada

According to countryaah, the stimulus package resulted in a deficit in the state budget for the first time since 1997, but the Ministry of Finance expected to be at plus again in 2013-14. Parliament approved the budget because the majority of the members of the largest opposition party, the Liberal Party (LP), voted in favor. New Democratic Party (NDP), Quebec Bloc (BQ) and individual liberals voted against.

2009 CanadaFor Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the budget was a matter of fate. If the government had not received sufficient support for the budget in Parliament, it would have had to resign. In December 2008, a united opposition had threatened to trap Harper in a vote of no confidence because he believed he could not solve the country's financial problems. However, Harper managed to stop the vote pending the budget presentation.

Between April and August, over a hundred forest fires occurred every day in the state of British Columbia in western Canada due to a heat wave with thunderstorms and lightning strikes. When two large fires broke out near the town of Kelowna in July, about 17,000 people were evacuated from their homes. In total, over 63,000 hectares were burned during the spring and summer. The fires were fought by thousands of firefighters supported by helicopters that dropped water bombs.

In the fall, Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff declared that his party no longer had confidence in the government because of its economic policies. Ignatieff initiated a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on October 1. The government passed the voting figures 144–117 and could remain. This time, the government was supported by the Social Democratic Party New Democrats who cast their votes. NDP leader Jack Layton said his party would continue to support the government at least until a promised law on increased unemployment benefits was passed in the House of Commons.

A 19-year-old woman was killed in October by two coyotes in a national park in the state of Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. Taylor Mitchell, a promising Toronto singer and songwriter, was walking alone in the park when the wolves attacked her. Other hikers alerted the park guards, who shot one wolf while the other managed to flee. The woman was bleeding to hospital where she died from the injuries. It is very uncommon for coyotes to attack humans.

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