We’ve seen this trick before
In today’s Guardian (“P.E.I. agriculture minister says crop insurance money there if needed”), Agriculture Minister Alan McIsaac was called to task by the Opposition to explain why the recent budget shows $10 million was moved out of a crop insurance fund that farmers, the province and the federal government pay into. Apparently it was to balance the budget, similar to a trick that Stephen Harper and his cabinet have been doing for years (although they haven’t balanced anything yet).
It reminds me of the billions that recent Liberal and Conservative federal governments have withdrawn from the Employment Insurance fund (grown from deposits from employees and employers). They said the money is there for the unemployed when needed. Has it been? Mostly they change the rules continuously to make fewer and fewer Canadians eligible for EI assistance.
The Opposition goes on to say that if government has to access that money for farmers it’s going to have to take it from somewhere else. From another program? Another department?
How will they decide? Flip a coin? Lloyd Kerry, Charlottetown