Whatever happened to ‘Building Back Better?’ Conservative Pierre Poilievre could have written that budget speech from finance minister Cynthia Freeland. Just who the hell she was out to impress, nobody seems to know. This was not a budget in which a liberal could take any pride.
Canada can have a prosperous future but it takes leadership and determination to take us there. It requires the attitudes and the expenditures that create the future that Canadians want for their country. It has to start now on the infrastructure. It has to have leadership from someone who can see that future.
Dental care and prescription drugs should have been a part of Medicare years ago. It was a logical progression that was delayed by the lack of effective leadership. Singh and his colleagues are living in the past.
A Toronto Star writer suggested that Freeland was pacifying what she calls ‘blue liberals.’ She is likely referring to the ones who call themselves social liberals and economic conservatives. They have always been an embarrassment to the liberal party. The worst is former prime minister Paul Martin. Paul was the one who advised liberals to campaign from the left and rule from the right.
It was Paul who opened the door to the Harper conservatives a couple decades back. The voters looked at the choice between a conservative liberal and a real conservative and opted for the real thing. The first Paul Martin who died in 1992 was a progressive. His son, Paul, was a regressive.
Back to the budget, I do agree that something has to be done about the high price of homes in Canada. In our climate, shelter cannot be a luxury item. We have to have adequate, safe, warm shelter for all. The proposals in the Freeland budget for home building seem inadequate at best and foolish at the worst. The problem is an industry that is milking the inflation. It needs to be forced to build what people need.
It is far too early to worry about the pandemic deficit. I know nobody wants to admit that the pandemic is still with us but you can hardly wish it away. The finance department has both carrots and sticks at its disposal. Freeland has to learn how to use them.
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