Liberal budget is a plan to nickel-and-dime Canadians

March 23, 2017

Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, issued the following statement today regarding Budget 2017:

“During the 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberals repeatedly promised they would run deficits no greater than $10-billion a year, and would balance the budget by 2019, in time for the next election.

While it comes as no big surprise, Budget 2017 again confirms that the Prime Minister broke his promise. The deficit will come in at approximately $28.5 billion this year and we will continue to see rising deficits with absolutely no promise of a return to balanced budgets.

And once again Justin Trudeau has hiked taxes on Canadians. The Prime Minister’s record makes it clear that the Liberals don’t care about regular Canadians and their families: moms and dads, workers, small business owners, seniors and students. All of them are being hit by Liberal tax hikes to pay for reckless Liberal spending—spending that is making no difference in people’s day-to-day lives. At a time when Liberals are making life more expensive, Justin Trudeau should have offered lower taxes and a job creation plan that actually works.

Another group that Prime Minister Trudeau clearly does not understand are rural Canadians. This budget is a slap in the face to farmers. While there was some new funding for innovation, the government seemed to use this budget to simply issue a challenge to farmers and processors. The challenge? Grow your agri-food exports from $50 Billion to $75 billion annually by the year 2025. There was nothing new in this budget to help farmers deal with the growing labour crisis that is currently severely affecting their ability to grow their industry.

The budget also missed the mark by ending the Canada Savings Bond program. Instead of eliminating it, the Trudeau Government should have revamped it to allow regular Canadians to participate in the new Canadian Infrastructure Bank. This could have allowed regular middle-class Canadians to participate in growing Canada’s infrastructure while enjoying a stable rate of return on their investments.

As far as young Canadians are concerned, those between the ages of 15-24 lost a combined 42,000 full time jobs last year. Again, instead of raising taxes, Justin Trudeau should focus on supporting policies that will create jobs for young Canadians.

Sadly, Liberal programs won’t help the vast majority of Canadian workers and businesses who now face much more intense competition from a low-cost, low-tax United States.
Canadians deserve solutions to the challenges they face right now, not expensive programs for years down the road.

Conservatives will continue to be the voice of the taxpayer and we will not stay silent while Justin Trudeau nickel-and-dimes Canadians to death and forces our children and grandchildren to be burdened with paying off our country’s massive debt caused by his reckless spending habits.”