theEdi­tor What gets hit this time?

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Dear Ed­i­tor,

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

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