The waspish MP from Carleton, in his best attack dog style, went after liberal finance minister Chrystia Freeland the other day. The deputy prime minister is scheduled to deliver a fiscal update to the House of Commons today. Mr. Poilievre did not politely ask for his opinions on the subject be recognized. He couched his opinions as demands.
And Mr. Poilievre went well beyond the opposition party’s responsibility to question and oppose the actions of the government. He based his entire argument on a lie. He blamed the liberal government for the current inflation.
When world-wide inflationary pressures are caused by the effects of a pandemic, it is hard to believe that the conservative finance critic would be so blatantly partisan.
He said it very plainly: “Our demands are very simple: less tax, less deficits, less inflation.”
At a time when gasoline prices are escalating, world-wide shipping and transportation services are tied in knots, and customer-facing services are failing because of the pandemic restrictions, this fool wants government spending to revert back to pre-pandemic levels.
He wants a freeze on government spending and taxation as our health care system staggers on the weary legs of worn out care-givers. He demands that the government bring spending back to pre-pandemic levels. He ignores the ravages of climate warming on our infrastructure and food supply and personal services. He wants a freeze on taxes at a time when extended services to people are in extremis.
Canadians are very lucky that Mr. Poilievre is not Canada’s finance minister at this time. His ignorant devotion to conservative philosophy is unworthy of even his political party in this time of troubles.
I have no idea just what Chrystia Freeland will say in her fiscal update this afternoon, but I certainly hope it meets none of the demands of the foolish finance critic for the conservatives.
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