Thoughts on Trudeau from West­ern Canada

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Eastern Canada on re-elect­ing your Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau!

Truth be told, we in West­ern Canada are a tad jeal­ous as we don’t have our own PM, but we will make do some­how.

We are con­cerned that your choice has such a dis­mal work his­tory.

He has mul­ti­ple ethics vi­o­la­tions, nu­mer­ous bro­ken prom­ises, told some bald-faced lies, and he cre­ated an iden­tity pol­i­tics ma­chine that has di­vided our na­tion ge­o­graph­i­cally, eth­ni­cally, morally and fi­nan­cially. True diver­sity!

But our big­gest con­cern is that your prime min­is­ter seems in­tent on lever­ag­ing this coun­try’s fu­ture by con­tin­u­ing to spend your money while telling you that it is a good plan.

The In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund’s 2018 cal­cu­la­tions show Canada’s debt as a per­cent­age of Gross Na­tional Prod­uct is ac­tu­ally 87.5 per cent, not 33 per cent as your leader has re­peat­edly told you. GDP is a to­tal of fi­nan­cial pro­duc­tiv­ity from across Canada and thus debt from the prov­inces and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment must be in­cluded in the to­tal.

Your leader is ig­nor­ing the pro­vin­cial debt and is de­scrib­ing to you what the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s “net debt” would be if it sold all of its as­sets and then low­ered the fed­eral debt by that amount.

We are cur­rently spend­ing $26.2 bil­lion per year of your tax money pay­ing in­ter­est on the debt, but sadly it is ris­ing rapidly.

Sadly but sin­cerely,

S. MacKay, Ab­bots­ford, B.C.

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