On another budget related note, the Liberals are taking cheap shots at the NDP in their amendment to the budget:
The brief Liberal amendment says that the House recognizes “that this Budget contains some initiatives that attempt to mirror sound and intelligent Liberal policy proposals, but regrets that the government has made significant economic policy mistakes over the past two years and shown an NDP-like lack of fiscal prudence that prevent it from dealing with a downturn in the Canadian economy.” (emphasis added)Now, the Liberals cannot possibly be referring to the various administrations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. that passed balanced budgets, paid down debt and provided social services to its citizens. I suppose selective memory has kicked in and they have forgotten about their patron saint Pierre Trudeau and the huge budget deficits, high unemployment and high inflation that marked his time in office. To be fair, the dynamic duo of Jean Chretien/Paul Martin did bring in an era of balance budgets, but the 1995 budget stands as a symbol of cuts to education, unemployment insurance, housing, health and transfer payments that continues to pain us today.
Perhaps this is just a ploy so that they can say that the NDP could have vote down the budget but instead voted against their amendment.
Perhaps this is a sign of the eventual campaign where the Liberals spend their time fear mongering about what the NDP, as the Official Opposition, will do to the economy.
Regardless, you know it is bad when a friendly publication starts taking pot shots.