On Tuesday, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her government’s 2023 Federal Budget.
Prior to the budget, Conservatives were clear: Budget 2023 needed to include concrete steps to reverse inflationary deficits and taxes and end the Liberal war on work. That is, letting workers bring home more of what they earn and stop penalizing Canadians for getting ahead.
Needless to say, that’s not what Canadians got.
To listen to Freeland, Canadians have never had it so good. That under the Liberals Canadians “have more money in their pocket by the end of the workday”.
Perhaps that’s true of government consultants and Liberal cronies but certainly not so for most ordinary Canadians.
Most glaring in the budget was the abject failure to deal with inflation and cost of living.
“We all want inflation to go down and interest rates to go down,” said Freeland in her speech.
But the budget barely addressed inflation.
Even if we were to take the minister at her word, the first step would be for her to reverse course on the myriad of Liberal policies that have led to the inflation in the first place—policies she has been instrumental in implementing.
As long as this government continues to add more and more new deficit spending, inflation and costs will continue to go up. (It should be noted the minister announced tens of billions in new deficit spending in this week’s budget.)
Instead of bringing relief for struggling Canadian families, the Liberals are simply doubling down on their failed policies.
Conservatives have a clear plan for the economy.
- Bring home powerful paycheques by lowering taxes so hard work pays again.
- Bring home lower prices by ending inflationary Liberal spending, including axing the Liberal Carbon Tax and ending the deficit spending that is driving up the cost of living and interest rates.
- Bring homes people can afford by removing government gatekeepers to free up land and speed up building permits.
Only Conservatives are in touch with the needs of every day Canadians and only Conservatives can bring home a country that works for people who work.