Finance Minister Bill Morneau has introduced the government’s final budget bill of its current mandate, promising billions in fresh spending for pharmacare, retraining workers, and to help first-time home buyers. But funding for some of the new commitments will only start kicking in after October’s election. This was the year the budget was supposed to balance itself … however it didn’t. This one contains $200-million-dollars more in borrowing. It adds up to a projected $19.8-billion-dollar deficit for this fiscal year and the Finance Minister admits there is still no plan to return to balance within the next 10-years.
If you expected to hear Bill Morneau actually deliver his budget speech in the Commons yesterday, then you know it was a struggle. The Tories chanted “Let her speak” in drowning Morneau out to protest the Liberals using their majority on the justice committee yesterday to end the SNC Lavalin inquiry. That’s right … they simply shut it down and said they don’t need to study it anymore. Conservative and NDP members want ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould recalled to offer testimony covering her time after her January cabinet shuffle.
Nothing in today’s budget can be taken seriously. Justin Trudeau is trying to bury the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal under $41 billion of new Liberal spending, which Canadians will pay for through higher taxes if he is re-elected. This is the most expensive cover-up in history. pic.twitter.com/ce2KUvvJi2
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 19, 2019
The Trudeau government is spending billions of dollars on everything from pharmacare to helping workers learn new job skills to easing the burden on first-time home buyers in its final budget before voters go to the polls in October. The Liberals are sprinkling billions of dollars across a variety of programs meant to help people at every stage of their lives. The biggest-ticket item is nearly four-billion in aid for dairy and poultry farmers impacted by new free-trade deals but there are no details for how or when the money will be doled out to farmers and producers.
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On #Budget2019 – we know better is possible.
Universal pharmacare for all
Radical shift towards a green economy
Making corporations & the rich pay their fair share
Half a million units of affordable housing
We would make different choices that actually prioritize people!
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 19, 2019
Photo Credit: Bill Morneau via Twitter
An affordable place to call home. Good well-paying jobs. A secure retirement. And affordable prescription drugs. Budget 2019 is about investing in the middle class. https://t.co/PQmiAZeIyl pic.twitter.com/V391mBSdZw
— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) March 19, 2019