Don’t you just love how a party’s election promises suddenly disappear once they gain power? We have already seen that in just over a month with the Liberals- remember their limited deficits that they were going to run?
So far we have seen the Trudeau gang throw our money around as though it came from some bottomless vault. Throw a few billion here, a few 100 million there, all in the name of appearing to be bold and in charge and of course it makes for good photo ops too. And that is the problem with election promises that are supposed to be accurately costed out for voters to peruse.
Clearly the Liberals had no idea as to the total cost to bring 25,000 refugees into Canada. Mark my words the request for $280.2 million extra asked for yesterday in the Supplemental Estimates will just be the thin tip of the wedge. Most likely 25,000 was a number picked out of the air because it would make them look good and Harper bad. Such is the nature of many election war room decisions. I wonder if the PM and his ministers will be lined up on the tarmac when the first plane arrives? That makes for a good photo op too.
Trudeau clearly had no idea of the total costs. Wait until the municipalities, provinces, departments and aid groups have finished sending in their bills. They also had no idea of the complexities of bringing that number of refugees to Canada… but it made for a good sound bite in a closely fought election. While they have only recently smartened up and admitted they could not bring that many refugees in this year, it does raise the question: just when did they first learn that it was impossible? What did their advisors or experts tell them during the campaign? Did they know then and sit on it until elected? Did they find out at their very first briefing session after being sworn in and bluffed their way until a few days ago when they realized the game was up?
Of course the latest one is that their tax on the rich, to give the middle class a break (which was borrowed from a failed policy that Bill Clinton introduced in the USA), is clearly not going to be revenue neutral as promised during the election, but instead it will leave them about $1.2 billion short. So when did they first know that one?
Add in the $3 billion or so they committed to climate change (not a penny of it to be spent in Canada) and you have to wonder how this spending, plus their promised stimulus spending is going to be accounted for. How are they going to pay for all of those election promises?
What are their options?
- Go far deeper into debt than promised
- Raise taxes
- Cut program spending in other areas
- Make cuts to the bureaucracy
- Ignore their promises
We simply don’t know because they haven’t shown us a budget and with that the details of how much they will soak the taxpayer for or leave for future governments to try and pay down the deficit.
Give us a budget and rein in the spending spree until taxpayers can see the numbers and the real costs to them.