Kim Campbell paid dearly for being truthful. I doubt she would have won the 1993 election anyway, but the pundits … and the voters …. all did her in when she dared to tell the truth: openly declaring election campaigns are not the time/place for serious discussions of the issues.
Canadians prefer to hear from Santa Claus during election campaigns: all kinds of hugely expensive spending promises; all kinds of new social programs; restoration of any and all cuts by the previous government; and yet, all kinds of tax cuts … without ANY deficits, fee increases etc. etc.!
And we don’t even have to leave any cookies or milk out!
So far, for the most part, in this election you should almost expect to see not only Santa Claus on the ballot, but Houdini too … at least instead of Harper or Mulcair. BOTH have promised balanced budgets. Despite current economic data, in the case of the Tories, or billions in spending promises, in the case of the NDP.
Presto, change-o, of course, as soon as the new government is sworn in!
Blame the books being worse than they ever knew; blame worsening world economic conditions; blame Rudolph or the reindeer… no doubt there would be DELAYS in program introductions/improvements or tax/fee INCREASES … likely both.
No? Name ONE government in Canada, federally or provincially, that has NOT done at least some of that! Miraculously making progress just before their NEXT election, but not before they HIT us just after the one which elected them and their promises.
This time, though, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been different … trying truth as an election ploy.
Thursday, he said a Liberal government will double spending across the country on major infrastructure projects … spending $125 Billion to stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs.
To do that, a Liberal government would increase the annual deficit by up to $10 Billion in each of the next three years. Trudeau said the budget would be balanced in 2019.
That, he said, is the truth.
Can Canadians handle that?
Mulcair immediately condemned the Liberal leader’s plan: insisting an NDP government will run BALANCED BUDGETS despite all its promises so far and no doubt more to come. However, he has NOT revealed ALL the program cuts, tax increases that would HAVE to be introduced by an NDP government to accomplish that.
It’s time for him to tell us!
Harper also mocked Trudeau’s announcement and warned a Liberal government would run deficits all the time. Harper, meanwhile, won’t even concede Canada is currently in a recession, despite all the statistics over the past six months that indicate negative growth …and petroleum-based resource prices continuing to fall. And he seems to forget that he himself has run seven deficits since the 2009 economic downturn.
It will be interesting to see how ordinary voters … not the partisan sheep so often contributing comments on here … react to Trudeau’s announcement … and honesty.
Or will they still cling to the belief … and hope …that Santa Claus still exists.
The polls next week will be REALLY interesting!