Liberal cabinet ministers promoting Canada Workers Benefit

Liberal cabinet ministers are promoting an item in the latest federal budget that may one day provide benefits to the working poor.

The Liberals re-branded a Harper-era program as the Canada Workers Benefit, and raised the value and eligibility requirements to provide more money to more low-income workers.

Sean Speer, a one-time economic adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper, says in his view it's probably the most important item in this year's budget

However, an associate professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University says the improvements were much more modest than many experts wanted to see.

Tammy Schirle notes that the benefit targets the main earners in a family, and it does less for secondary earners who are mainly women.

A federal report last year said about 746-thousand Canadians were in families where the main income earner was considered ``working poor.''