Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe

2017-11 (November)

Liberals making life harder for middle class Canadians 

On October 24th Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the fall economic update and the Minster confirmed what we already knew; (a) the Liberals spending is out of control, and (b) they have no plan or date to pay back the billions they are borrowing or even balance the budget.

The Liberals are borrowing $20 billion dollars this year because they have a spending problem. Justin Trudeau promised us that a Liberal government would only run small deficits of $10 billion a year for three years. You were tricked into believing Trudeau would keep his word. Every penny he
spends over $10 billion is a broken promise to you. 

Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet have waged a war on taxpayers while racking up unsustainable and historic levels of debt. In order for them to maintain their out of control spending habits, Trudeau and Morneau have tried to tax employee health benefits. They have tried to tax farmers and small businesses, they tried to tax employee discounts and they are making life more expensive for people living with diabetes and mental health issues. There is no depth the Liberals and Bill Morneau will go in order to obtain more taxpayer money for Justin Trudeau. Our federal debt is projected to be $1.5 trillion by 2045. This out of control spending will have to be paid back one day on the backs of our children and our grandchildren.

Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau are very wealthy people and they have not had to worry about where their next meal will come from or if their kids have new boots for winter. For the last two years Justin Trudeau has been giving us a dollar with one hand and taking two with another. He has been making life harder for the family farmer or the waitress at our favorite restaurant all the while making life easier for his big CEO friends. Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau don’t understand everyday Canadians, how could they? They have never been an everyday Canadian.

Conservatives recognize that small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our country and a major driver of our economy. We understand what hard working middle class Canadians are going through and we are in Ottawa every day fighting for taxpayers. My Colleagues and our Leader Andrew Scheer
believe in responsible government spending, lower taxes, and making life more affordable for you. Justin Trudeau is focused on his next taxpayer funded family vacation and Bill Morneau is searching for his next French villa.  

The Liberals will continue to raise our taxes to fund their out of control spending through a carbon tax. Justin Trudeau will continue to attack local business owners and farmers. He will go after employee discounts and benefits and continue to roll back tax credits for our most vulnerable Canadians. That is why my colleagues and I are fighting hard for you the taxpayer. The Conservative Caucus and myself will continue to hold Justin
Trudeau and his cronies to account for their out of control spending. 


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