The Canadian Press reports that the Alternative Federal Budget has been released, "which Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has already dismissed out of hand, sight unseen. ...(The budget argues) Flaherty should be investing billions of dollars to rebuild Canada's infrastructure and in measures to reduce poverty through investments in child care, pharmacare, affordable housing, post-secondary education, and better income supports. The alternative budget also would boost spending to meet the crisis in First Nations communities, including for housing, drinking water and education." Among the demands in the AFB's water chapter written by Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui are:
- a 20-year plan that would require a federal investment of $39 billion in a National Public Water and Wastewater Fund;
- $1 billion annually for 20 years to fund the wastewater systems effluent regulations;
- a 10-year plan investing $4.7 billion for water and wastewater facilities on First Nation reserves;
- $500 million to implement a Great Lakes Action Plan;
- $2 million annually to reinstate the Experimental Lakes Area.