Even though Stephen Harper had promised to do whatever would be deemed necessary to lower unemployment and help families make ends meet, his most recent budget does not offer an inkling of a solution to the economical and social challenges we now face, claims the NDP.
"This budget is an unfortunate joke, says Alexandrine Latendresse. We were promised jobs, instead we are once again given uninspired austerity measures that undermine economic recovery."
Last year, Conservatives had forseen economic growth that never materialized. They over-estimated the growth index by over 35% and have failed to prevent the total deficit of current spendings that have spiraled to a record-breaking 67 billion dollars. Economists predict that this year will be even worse.
"Mr Harper refuses to listen to anyone and has forsaken Québec. He attacks pensions, healthcare and EI, and pretends not to discern the dangers that threaten our economy", adds deputee critic for finance, Guy Caron.
Concerning infrastructures, the NDP points out that federal investments are far from sufficient. "The financing deficit in infrastructures has risen to 123 billion dollars. Cities require an unwavering source of financing if planification for development and maintenance is to be done properly. Conservatives govern with only the interest of their friends in mind, Canadians for their part are asked to put their priorities on hold." critisizes Caron.