The giveaways have added up: BILLIONS of dollars of taxpayers’ money and future commitments handed out to millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Judging by the polls, British Columbians and other Canadians think it is money well spent.
According to the latest polling conducted May 23-25 by Research Co, headed by veteran pollster Mario Canseco, Premier John Horgan has a huge approval rating, 73%; well ahead of Green Party Leader Adam Olsen, who 49% of BC voters think is doing a good job; and Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, who has a 48% approval rating among voters.
When it came to party preferences, if an election were held soon, the survey found the NDP would capture 41% of the vote, followed by the Liberals at 38% and the Greens at 16%.
You can read the full results here: https://researchco.ca/polls/ .
And the popularity has been generated by two things: a belief the government(s) have managed the health crisis well; and the financial assistance announced has been widespread and meaningful.
Human Resources lawyers MathewsDinsdale have just published a list of various federal/provincial programs/deferrals/assistance related to Covd-19 across the country.
In BC, the list includes: the Emergency Benefit Program of $1,000 per affected worker; topping up the BC Climate Action Tax Credit; Student Loan relief, Tax relief/deferrals for PST, municipal and regional taxes, carbon taxes, motor fuel taxes, tobacco taxes and employer health taxes; BC Hydro and ICBC deferral payments, and financial support for those in the Tourism, Arts and Cultural communities.
Of course, once all the bills come in, and the BC government will have to find ways of paying off all its promises/spending/deferrals.
Oops! That’s where YOU and I will come in.
Better to hold an election BEFORE we get our total bill … or at least start paying it ALL back!
And remember, Horgan would no doubt LOVE to lead a majority government, without having to cater to or answer to the Greens and their new leader, so why wait?
The next provincial election is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 … but watch for Horgan to find or create a situation to send BC voters to the polls in May.
And it could be crowded there. LOL!
Prime Minister Trudeau will also be facing … or at least Canadian taxpayers will be … a HUGE invoice for all the federal Covid-19 relief programs announced so far … and probably even more pandemic spending yet to come.
I don’t have the space here to list all those with bucks attached, promised, guaranteed etc. but suffice it to say, they will cost us … and even future generations .. BILLIONS!
You can read the full list of Trudeau’s announcements and the provinces’ handouts in the full MathewsDinsdale Report here: https://mathewsdinsdale.com/overview-of-various-government-programs-being-launched-to-mitigate-the-economic-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/
According to news reports, the federal deficit … $14 Billion in the 2018-19 fiscal year … was projected to hit $27 Billion for 2019-20.
And this year of Covid, 2020-2021, almost $260 Billion!
The next federal election is not due until Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. But would Trudeau really want to try to hang on in a minority government situation until then? Absolutely NOT!
By that time two other things will also have happened: the true cost of all Trudeau’s announcements and handouts will have been added up … and payback time will be upon us; and both the Conservatives and the NDP will have new leaders, not only in place, but getting better known and perhaps even impressing the voters.
Recent polls have shown Trudeau with an approval rating of between 70% and 77% across Canada … with as high as an 81% approval rating in Ontario.
And a Leger poll gives the Liberals 40.3% support; with the Conservatives at 28.8%; NDP at 15%; and, the Greens at 6.8%.
So I don’t believe Trudeau will wait: watch for him to come to us for another term … also next Spring, maybe even in late May or early June.
The only thing that could force a total re-calculation, I believe, would be a recurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic next Spring.
But it’s much more likely that will happen, if at all, in the Fall.
And by April/May 2021 Canada will literally be well on the mend; Canadians will be feeling relieved; and maybe even appreciative …
A GREAT time to vote in BC … and right across the country!
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