BUDGETS SHOULD BE ABOUT JOBS, NOT CONSERVATIVE PUBLICITY STUNTS: CONSERVATIVE MINISTERS SHOULD PAY FOR THEIR ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT, CANADIANS ALREADY HAVE
April 16th, 2015 - 3:36pm
After failing to deliver a budget on time and in the face of growing economic uncertainty, the Conservatives are trying to change the channel with a publicity stunt. Under their so-called "balanced budget" legislation they are claiming that future cabinet ministers will have to pay a fine if budgets aren't balanced. Charlie Angus says this is pretty cheeky coming from a party that ran seven record deficits in a row.
“Instead of publicity stunts this Conservative government should be focusing on an actual plan to deliver the quality jobs and economic growth through the middle class that they have failed on. This government has a dismal record on job growth. These cheap publicity stunts show that the Harper Conservatives can’t be taken seriously.”
Last week, Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced the government’s intention to introduce balanced budget legislation. Under the new legislation, cabinet ministers would take a 5% pay cut in the event of a budget deficit. According to NDP calculations, this means that the current Conservative cabinet owes taxpayers 1.7 million dollars.
Angus says Ministers Tony Clement and Greg Rickford should put their money where their mouths are.
“Ministers Clement and Rickford should own up. If they want to do stunts then let them pay the 5% out of their pockets, just like Canadians have paid for the past ten years for the Harper government’s mismanagement of our economy and failure to deliver quality jobs.”