CBC Content Disabled: March 22, 2016

Federal budget 2016: Liberals push deficit to spend big on families, cities

Tories call Justin Trudeau’s 1st budget ‘a bad day for taxpayers’ as spending increases

By Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2016 4:14 PM ET


The first budget from Justin Trudeau’s government finds the Liberals compromising some of their election promises to keep others, laying out a longer and larger string of deficits to begin the kind of long-term investments they say Canada needs.

While the big ticket items match the platform that helped the Liberals win a majority last October, other commitments aren’t ready to roll out.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau called the plan “reasonable and affordable,” despite the red ink washing across the otherwise sunny tone of his rookie budget.


“Canadians told us two things: they said ‘help me and my family’ and ‘make investments for the future,'” he told reporters before delivering his budget speech. 

“What we’re also going to do is be prudent along the way.”

Prudent was not the word Conservatives used while reacting from the Opposition bench.

“This is a bad day for the taxpayers of Canada,” interim leader Rona Ambrose said. “What we’re seeing now is reckless spending without a job creation plan and no actual plan in the budget to return to a balance.”

The Tories said that in total taxes were going up by “at least $1.3 billion a year.” The Liberals broke their election promise to contain the deficit to $10 billion annually, they said.

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Quoting “One of the first orders of business of the new Liberal government was to abandon enforcement of the First Nations Transparency Act. This act was passed to ensure that the members of indigenous communities were able to know what was happening to the money that was being given to them. Now they are going to throw $8.4 billion at them with no accountability of how it is spent. Anyone would be naive to believe that without any accountability, the majority of this money will not end up in private bank accounts, through some sort of graft. Very little of it will be left to help the people it was intended for.” Do you think “first nations communities” would see an improvement in their standard of living if they became taxpayers? I mean, we’re always being told how taxes pay for clean water, good roads, schools, fire departments, etc. And if we didn’t pay taxes, we would have none (of) those things. I guess people who say that are correct. 



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