Conservatives Continue to Hold High-Spending Liberals to Account

December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016

OTTAWA – As the House of Commons breaks for the Christmas season, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement said he and his Conservative Party colleagues have been hard at work holding the Liberal government to account on issues ranging from lack of job creation to higher taxes and out-of-control spending.

“The government likes to tell Canadians how much it has accomplished in the last year, but their agenda has been pretty thin. There has been a lot of talk, but little concrete action,” said Clement. “While the government racks up more than 30 billion in debt, it has lost 30,000 full-time jobs and has done nothing to support hard-working families in Parry Sound-Muskoka.”

Clement highlighted some of the keys areas where the Liberal government has failed to keep its commitments to Canadians:

Jobs and the economy
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed talking about helping the middle class, but there have been no new full time jobs created since Justin Trudeau was first elected.
• With the election of Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau must get serious about securing Canadian jobs in the face of protectionism and lower taxes for businesses in the United States.

Taxes
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed claiming that he’s reduced taxes, but he has continued piling new taxes onto families in Parry Sound-Muskoka and across Canada.
• He is bringing in a new carbon tax and a CPP tax hike. He already slashed tax-free savings accounts, and eliminated tax credits for kids’ soccer and dance classes, as well as textbooks. Now he’s thinking about taxing health and dental plans too.
• It’s time for Justin Trudeau to get serious about lowering taxes, especially as Donald Trump moves forward on a massive tax-cutting program in the United States.

Ethics
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed collecting big donations at parties with billionaires in exchange for access to him, but it’s time to get serious about ethics.
• Justin Trudeau’s cash-for-access fundraising is wrong and potentially illegal. He needs to put a stop to it.

Electoral Reform
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed making a show of consulting on changes to electoral system, but changing what our vote means is serious business, and only the people can decide in a referendum.
• The government has now made such a mess of the electoral reform file, that the best option is to set it aside and focus on more important issues, like jobs and the economy.

“Peacekeeping”
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed talking about a naïve historical notion of Canadian peacekeeping, but he needs to get serious about explaining why a dangerous mission in sub-Saharan Africa is in our national interest.
• Our troops will be facing the prospect of casualties, as well as the challenge of dealing with terrorists and child soldiers. To date, Justin Trudeau has failed to answer basic questions about where our troops will be going, and why they will be deployed. It’s time for some transparency about just what this mission will look like and what the risks are.

Canada-US Relations
• Justin Trudeau has enjoyed the state dinners and photo ops, but when it comes to dealing with the United States and the incoming president, Justin Trudeau must get serious.
• He must encourage job creation, and press for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. He must tell us how he plans to defend NAFTA and protect the Canadian jobs that depend on it. He must explain how he plans to protect Canadian jobs in the forestry sector in negotiations for a new softwood lumber agreement.

“As election promise after promise is broken and debt rises to levels far beyond what Canadians expected, Conservatives will continue to be the voice of the taxpayer and call out the Liberals for their reckless spending and lack of economic foresight,” said Clement.

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