The Budget – Next Steps

Michael IgnateiffNext Steps

The following is an email letter I received today from Michael Ignateiff:

Dear John,

After carefully reviewing the budget with our Liberal Team I wanted to share with you our next steps.

During my tour this past month you’ve said over and over again that you don’t want further delays and you want the support you were promised. But you also said that you want the government held accountable, they failed you in the past and lost your trust.

I want you to know that the Liberal Team listened. We are prepared to support the budget but will be putting forward an amendment that will ensure that the government is held accountable, to you, and to Parliament.

We are putting Stephen Harper on probation.

If the government fails to satisfy the expectations of Canadians we will be ready to defeat him.

Stephen Harper insists that accountability is important, but he has lost credibility and the trust of Canadians by failing to deliver on promises made in the past. We must ensure that the economic measures offered in this budget actually reach the people they are meant to help.

If the accountability reports in March, June, and December are unsatisfactory we will withdraw our support.

A united Opposition forced Stephen Harper to concede important points in yesterday’s budget:

  • new investment in social housing and infrastructure, including for Canada’s First Nations;
  • targeted support for low and middle income Canadians through an expansion of the Child Tax Benefit and Working Income Tax Benefit; and
  • investment in regional development agencies throughout the country.

But, the budget is also flawed in significant ways:

  • it doesn’t go far enough to protect Canadians who have – or will soon – lose their jobs;
  • it opens the door for attacks on pay equity for women;
  • it breaks the Conservatives` promise to all Canadian provinces on equalization;
  • it missed the opportunity for significant stimulus investment towards the green economy;
  • it lacks clear plan for getting us out of the $85 billion hole the government will dig us into over the next five years.

You have made it clear that you want us to act in your best interest and address the economic crisis with the seriousness it deserves.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and for working with me on finding solutions to our Country’s challenges.


Comment: You have made it clear that you want us to act in your best interest….

Well, as I said in my last post, I think Mr. Ignateiff acted in his own best interest and those of the Liberal Party of Canada, while showing a total disregard in protecting the most vulnerable in our society.

We are putting Stephen Harper on probation…

I think Ignateiff thinks he has given himself and the Liberal Party of Canada a lifeline, but instead, he has only tightened the noose around his own neck, as Harper has proven he cannot be trusted, nor is he capable of running this country during these trying times.

When he wakes up, will Jack and Duceppe be willing to trust him and work with him again? Only time will tell, but it does look like he has burnt bridges, instead of building on them.


…. pain and suffering are good because they goaded the poor into greater efforts, thus the economy is energized.

from John Prince
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