theEditor What gets hit this time?
Michael Ignatieff stunned everyone, with his claim to be able to balance the budget, and pay down the enormous debt we now find ourselves in, without raising taxes. Some people scoff at the claim, but unfortunately, the liberals have done it before and they’ll do it again, given the chance. They might not raise taxes but they’ll certainly cut services, and they’ll do it with a machete rather than a scalpel! They’ve done it before, to their shame. In 1996, they slashed transfer payments to the provinces, setting up a chain reaction that hasn’t subsided yet.
They cut support to medicare so drastically that the provinces have had to raise taxes at the provincial level to make up the shortfall. In E. I., they disenfranchised over half of those who lose their jobs, leaving less than 50% able to claim benefits for which they had paid, and for which they continue to pay, even with no hope of ever accessing the support the program offers. The savings, in excess of $ 56 billion to date, simply went into government coffers to pay down the deficit. Yes, the liberals can tackle the deficit without raising taxes, but they’ll bankrupt our social programs in so doing, or force lower levels of government to carry the extra responsibility. Ask yourself what gets hit this time, seniors’ income support, education, the environment— your guess is as good as mine. There’s nothing to brag about here.
Darlene Jalbert NDP Federal Candidate Stormont, Dundas & South Glengarry