We’ve seen this trick be­fore

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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