FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford issued the following statement today following the tabling of Budget 2017:
“Today’s budget mortgages the prosperity of future generations to pay for the reckless spending of today. Canadians were hoping for a better outcome from the Liberal budget. At a time when Liberals are making life more expensive, Justin Trudeau could have offered lower taxes and a job creation plan that actually works.
“Instead, future generations of Canadians will be paying off a massive Liberal debt to fund the reckless out-of-control spending on the government’s own priorities, rather than on the priorities of Canadians. Just this year alone, the Prime Minister will be racking up an unprecedented deficit of $28 billion.
“The budget unveiled by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister demonstrates very clearly that they simply don’t understand Canada’s middle class or how to manage our economy, best demonstrated by their decision to eliminate the public transit tax credit.
“Instead of raising taxes on things such as beer, wine, child care and a new Uber tax, Justin Trudeau should have focused on supporting policies that will create jobs for young Canadians and millennials hoping to purchase their first home. In the last year Canadians aged 15-24 lost 42,000 full time jobs, and it became harder for young Canadians to buy a home because of stricter mortgage rules.
“Sadly, Liberal programs won’t help the vast majority of Canadian workers and businesses who now face much more intense competition from a low-cost, low-tax United States.
“Canadians deserve solutions to the challenges they face right now, not expensive programs and massive deficits for years to come.
“Conservatives will continue to be the voice of the taxpayer and we will not stay silent while Justin Trudeau nickel-and-dimes Canadians.”
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