Editorial: Trudeau sticks it to the young
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cared as much about today’s young people as he claims he does, he wouldn’t be mortgaging their future, which is what he’s doing.
He wouldn’t pretend to them, or anyone else, that there’s a free lunch.
That he can pay for his big government spending programs, while sticking future generations with the bill, free of any consequences.
In that context, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic statement Tuesday put a knife through the heart of Trudeau’s 2015 election promise he would balance the federal budget, with a $1 billion surplus, by 2019-20, the end of his four-year electoral mandate.
That’s now been replaced by the prospect of never-ending Trudeau deficits and growing public debt, into his next term of office, if he wins the 2019 election.
What’s most alarming is that Trudeau and Morneau are pursuing this policy even in what they say is a booming economy.
Because if the economy really is in as great shape as Trudeau and Morneau claim, now is the time to start paying down government debt in preparation for a slowing economy, when stimulus spending may be needed.
Then again, if our economy’s booming, why was the Trudeau government, until public outrage slowed it down, going after small businesses for more cash?
Why go after retail workers by making employee discounts a taxable benefit?
Why go after diabetic patients to take on an even greater share of their health care costs?
Trudeau may have nice hair. He may be photogenic. He may claim he “gets” young people.
But at the end of the day, all the deficits and debt Trudeau is piling up, are just delayed cuts to government programs like health care and post-secondary education, plus higher taxes.
All Trudeau is really doing is conscripting tomorrow’s young people into paying for today’s Liberal election promises.
When that bill comes due, Trudeau and the current crop of Liberal cabinet ministers and MPs will be long gone, leaving others to clean up the financial mess they left in their wake.
We believe someone who really cared about today’s youth wouldn’t do that.
And that his government wouldn’t be paying for his re-election strategy by sticking future generations with the bill.
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