Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau prove, yet again, that Canada’s Liberal government is, in reality, a good, maybe even very good election campaign team but a failure at the hard work of governing. The budget is long on rhetoric ~ it mentions “innovation” over 200 times! ~ but short on actions that might have any impact at all on an ailing Canadian economy. $100,000,000 (yes, one hundred million dollars) to “create a national strategy to prevent gender-based violence,” failing to note that such a “strategy” already exists in the form of the criminal code and police forces and provincial and local campaigns.
$5,000,000,000 (five billion) is being programmed for “training,” and some of it may even be useful ~ but do we really need to spend $225-million to create a new organization, doubtless full of Liberal friendly academics and activists, to address gaps in skills. As John Ibbitson says “the cupboard is bare” after last year’s reckless and wasted spending on the green agenda ~ much of it spent on
bribes aid to foreign governments who might, or might not, vote for us to have a worthless, second class, temporary seat on the UN Security Council.
2019, and a much needed Conservative government, cannot come too soon.