Motz says Lib­er­als’ bud­get sim­ply a dis­trac­tion at­tempt

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The large sums of spend­ing in Tues­day’s fed­eral bud­get are a di­ver­sion from the on­go­ing SNCLavalin scan­dal plagu­ing the gov­ern­ment, says Medicine HatCard­ston-Warner MP Glen Motz.

“Bud­get 2019 is an at­tempt to dis­tract Cana­di­ans with their own money,” said Motz March 19.

He claims the $41 bil­lion in new spend­ing will lead to higher taxes if the gov­ern­ing Lib­er­als are re-elected.

“This is ex­pected to be one of the most ex­pen­sive cover-ups in his­tory,” he said. “Noth­ing in this bud­get can be taken se­ri­ously.

“It was drafted un­der the cloud of scan­dal and cre­ated with one in­ten­tion in mind and that is to … cover up for our prime min­is­ter and to take their money af­ter he’s re­elected.”

For­mer jus­tice min­is­ter and at­tor­ney gen­eral Jody Wil­sonRay­bould re­signed from cab­i­net af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau pres­sured her to drop crim­i­nal charges against Mon­treal-based con­struc­tion com­pany SNC-Lavalin, she tes­ti­fied in late Fe­bru­ary.

The bud­get in­cludes $1.18 bil­lion to­ward stem­ming the flow of ir­reg­u­lar mi­grants from the U.S. bor­der.

Motz said this is a prob­lem of the gov­ern­ment’s cre­ation, which the op­po­si­tion has been warn­ing them about since 2017.

“It’s a dis­grace to tax­pay­ers,” he said. “It could have been avoided.” Motz says his con­stituents tell him they are in favour of re­duc­ing the debt, lower taxes and more sup­port for the en­ergy sec­tor.

“So far, I have heard noth­ing but in­creased debt and bil­lions of dol­lars fly­ing ev­ery­where to change the chan­nel,” he said.

In or­der to re­duce taxes and the debt, the gov­ern­ment must cut spend­ing.

One place the gov­ern­ment can re­duce ex­pen­di­tures is for­eign aid, said Motz.

“We give out hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to other parts of the world that have lit­tle im­pact com­ing back to our coun­try. I know we need to be good global cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, but there’s a limit,” he said.

GLEN MOTZ

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