Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:52

MP Anderson: Budget 2018 has few results

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David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills – Grasslands, today addressed the federal Liberals’ 2018 budget.

“This budget provides virtually nothing for the people of south west Saskatchewan. As our leader Andrew Scheer said, ‘Never has a politician boasted so much, spent so much and achieved so little.’”
While a quarter of last year’s initiatives remain to be implemented, this budget again spends record amounts of taxpayers’ money.
“The deficit is three times what the Liberals promised and young Canadians will pay for these irresponsible commitments for decades. Canada is adding $110 billion dollars to the national debt by 2022, bringing it to a total of $730 billion. This reckless spending needs to be reined in or our young people will be buried in debt,” Anderson commented.
While parental leave was extended to give five weeks to the second parent, there was no tax relief or support for groups such as seniors or veterans.
The budget announced the establishment of a committee headed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s former Health Minister to study the issue of Pharmacare. This is the repetition of a campaign promise made numerous times by the Liberals in the past. The budget commits only to study the issue, a duplication of work already being done by the Health Committee.
Anderson reacted to the Trudeau government’s increased spending, “The way to create a successful economy is to level the taxation playing field for everyone. Taxes have been raised for more than 90% of middle class families by this government. This budget fails to deliver the necessary tax relief that Canadians need. We don’t grow the economy by putting big government ahead of people – there needs to be broad based tax relief for Canadians.”
Anderson concluded, “The lack of energy and enthusiasm in the Finance Minister’s presentation is indicative of the Liberals’ inability to provide a vision for Canada. Unfortunately, never has there been so much money spent with so little value for the people of Cypress Hills-Grasslands.”

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