Monday, August 30, 2010

Goodale Hammers Reform-A-Tories For Abuse Of Middle Canada

A weekly commentary by the Member of Parliament for Wascana

For the week beginning August 30th, 2010


Whenever Stephen Harper is confronted with the daily pressures on average Canadian families, he resorts to cold, irrelevant comparisons. Just be content that the Americans are doing worse, he says.

Conservatives admit the recession damaged Canada’s standard of living. Canadian household debt is now the highest in the western world, and the cost of servicing it is rising.

That makes affording child-care that much more difficult. And a lot of families face the double challenge of also caring for elderly parents or a child with special needs.

For too many families, high costs block the way of qualified young people who want to get into university, college or an apprenticeship program. But they can’t afford it, so they stay home.

Only a fraction of Canadians can expect an adequate pension when they retire. And for 2 million near-seniors who tried to build a nest-egg for their golden years, their dreams were destroyed when Mr. Harper broke his promise about Income Trusts -- $25 billion in retirement savings were vapourized.

Retirement numbers are about to skyrocket with the big baby-boomer generation beginning to turn 65 next year, and that will increase pressures on medicare, homecare, pensions and retirement facilities.

But forget all that, Mr. Harper says, Conservative priorities are different. So what are they? Here’s the list:

• $1.3 billion for an inglorious G-8/G-20 extravaganza;

• $26 billion for untendered, non-competitive military contracts;

• $6 billion annually for tax cuts for the wealthiest corporations;

• more than $1 billion for extra spending on partisan advertising and consultants, plus 20% more for the Prime Minister’s Office;

• $30 million more for a dumbed-down Census; and

• $13 billion for more jails.

With boondoggles like these, Conservatives can’t be concerned about their deficit, and they’re certainly thumbing their noses at average middle-income families.

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Anonymous said...

I no fan of Harper but perhaps the LPC, rather than telling us how bad the CPC are, can tell us what they would do instead.

When Harper spent a chunk on the G8/G20...LPC hated it but never gave us a cost of what their version would have been.

16 billion on an untendered fighter contract? Okay, what would they have done?

When Ignatieff says Canadians are looking for an alternative, I say fine. Show me. Where's the beef?

Give me something to vote for, not something to vote against.

Kev said...

Sounds like the start of a fairly good election platform to me

Brian said...

Annon, "...can tell us what they would do instead."

I think the Liberal idea would be something like

-keeping the cost of the G8/G20 to traditional numbers, not holding them in downtown Toronto or not holding them at all in Canada.

-Making sure all military contracts go out for bid based on the military's need.

-no tax cuts

-no taxpayer funded partisan advertising

-keeping the long form Census

-no new jails for unreported crimes

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