Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe

2016-07 (July)

Blaine Calkins MP Report - Reality Check  

The October general election saw Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party regain power behind a bevy of promises – they promised to reduce small business taxes, lower taxes for the middle class and run small
deficits so they could “invest” in infrastructure.

During the lead up to the election while in opposition the Liberal Party was critical of our Conservative government, falsely claiming that we ignored cities and towns, lost our way on the international stage and after winning they incorrectly claimed we left a deficit – nothing could be further from the truth. 

It is clear that the first six months of this new Liberal government has been anything but sunny. 

They promised our Veterans that they would deliver for them through “care, compassion and respect” but last week in a highly publicized incident a 94 year old war hero was denied benefits.  In another case, we have seen a disturbingly high number of veterans seeking help at the food bank or almost losing their homes because of delays with their pensions.

The Liberals promised Canadians they would run modest deficits of $10 billion a year for three years and balance the budget in the last year of their mandate.  The reality is they have rung up a $30 billion dollar deficit in year one and with no plan to balance the budget future middle class Canadians will be saddled with the burden of higher taxes to pay of this debt.

The Liberals are claiming that they have made life easier but by repealing the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and Arts Credits coupled with demanding a CPP hike, they have increased the cost of life for families and businesses across Canada.

To put in perspective how out of touch this Prime Minister is all we need to do is look at the first six months of our former Conservative government.

During the first six months of his mandate Prime Minister Harper passed the Federal Accountability Act, lowered the GST for all Canadians, and negotiated a softwood lumber deal with the US and adding more
police officers to our streets.

In Justin Trudeau’s first he has rung up a $30 billion dollar debt, changed the words of our National Anthem, passed an unconstitutional Bill on Physician Assisted Dying, scrapped accountability measures aimed at protecting First Nations Members and Union Members.

Mr. Trudeau has shown a great amount of contempt for the way Parliament works and they have been engulfed in ethical lapses, it is anything but sunny ways – they have been replaced with cloudy skies and temper tantrums.

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