Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Dark and Desperate Cons and the Sunny Budget
Wherever Rona Ambrose goes at the stroke of midnight to receive her instructions from Stephen Harper.
You know that both of them must be screaming with frustration at the sight of Justin Trudeau's budget.
For they must surely know it's going to make Trudeau even more popular.
Because unlike the Con's deathly budgets it's so sunny.
And it is a budget for a better world.
What a difference 11 months makes. Hard to believe now, but just last April the federal finance minister was grimly grinding the deficit down toward zero, and even bringing in legislation to make balanced budgets the law of the land. In retrospect, it was the death rattle of Harperism.
Different minister, very different times. The budget that Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled on Tuesday delivers big-time on the Trudeau government’s promise of moving toward a more ambitious, more generous and more equitable Canada. The change could hardly be more dramatic — or more welcome.
It provides money where money is really needed. More money for poor seniors, more money for the unemployed, veterans and young Canadians. More money to fix our crumbling infrastructure, and hopefully create more jobs.
It promises a new beginning in the long delayed battle against climate change.
For clean energy enthusiasts, yesterday’s budget brought lots of good news. From public transit to renewables in remote communities, the budget made investments that support a thriving low-carbon economy.
Since the government’s election last year, Canada has upped its game on climate change. We’ve seen political commitments from the highest levels of federal, provincial, and territorial governments to reduce emissions. And with yesterday’s budget, governments and civil society will now have more resources to do so.
As well as promising more money for our poverty stricken aboriginal people...
Who need it so badly.
And as Jennifer Ditchburn points out, in her new role as the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, it also continues the demolition of Stephen Harper's foul legacy.
If you thought the Speech from the Throne was repudiation of the Conservative decade, take a look at the budget plan. The document is littered with old Liberal programs that are being introduced again, years after they were axed, and Conservative measures that are being deleted.
Here are some names making a comeback: the Court Challenges Program, the Kitsilano coast guard facility, research funding for Status of Women Canada, sick leave changes for federal public servants, funding for the CBC, funding for promoting the arts abroad, the experimental lakes project in northwestern Ontario. I could go on.
So although it's not perfect, and some promises have had to be trimmed or put on hold thanks to the state of the economy the Cons left us.
It does make Rona Ambrose's obsession with the deficit look ridiculous...
When that deficit is so relatively tiny.
Some commenters had a bit of a panic attack at hearing the news that the Liberals’ inaugural budget contains a $29.4-billion deficit for the coming fiscal year. The Conservatives have gone so far as to call it a “nightmare,” noting that projected deficits through 2020 now exceed $100 billion.
But compared to the sorts of deficits Canada used to run, this new deficit barely qualifies as a bad dream, let alone a nightmare.
And above all, the new budget does reaffirm our Canadian values, as this pathetic tweet from Jason Kenney makes only too clear...
Who would kill the CBC to fund the Great War on ISIS.
As the only that grubby Con clown could.
And for me at this point, that's all that counts.
The Cons are being destroyed...
Or made to look like idiots.
We have a budget that resembles Canada again, and supports the kind of values we believe in and fought so long and so hard to win back.
It replaces fear with hope in the future.
There could hardly be a greater contrast between this budget and last year’s effort. It’s a new world — and a better one.
Which when combined with electoral reform, should eventually bury Stephen Harper's foul legacy for a long long time...
Leave the dark Cons more desperate than ever.
And if we play our cards right, destroy them forever...
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