For years, Canadians have suffered under the yoke of Conservative austerity.
Ottawa-Gatineau, the fourth-largest market in the country, has seen business dwindle because the biggest industry in town is cutting back. Government workers have lost jobs and private businesses that depend on government contracts have felt the pinch.
All this has caused difficulties in this market because less government spending hurts most sectors of the local economy.
Across Canada, government austerity has been conducted on the backs of the unemployed.
Now that has been put in doubt because the $3-billion child-care benefit … an attempted Conservative vote-getter just a few months before an election … might cause the Tories to miss their budget target.
So what does this tell us?
Balancing the budget has been the mantra of the Conservative party. Now they could be giving that up in an extremely expensive election ploy. Three billion dollars. How many people have suffered since 2008-09’s Great Recession because the Conservatives have practised austerity.
Now all that scrimping and saving and unemployment is to go for naught because the Tories are desperate to be re-elected.
The Harper government has practised austerity in a bad economy when it should have been spending. Now it is spending but possibly abandoning one of Conservatives’ greatest goals … a balanced budget.
If the government decided … wrongly … that it had to go the austerity route, at least finish the job. It looks as though it will not.
Conservative ads ask if Justin Trudeau is ready to run the economy. How would he do?
At worst at least as bad as the Conservatives.
This government is old, tired and bankrupt of ideas. Canada needs new leadership.
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