Liberal Budget Delivers More Taxes and Bloated Deficits

March 22, 2017

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OTTAWA – The Liberal government put forward a budget today with no plan to shrink bloated deficits, spark job creation or reduce taxes for Canadians, said Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement.

“This is a typical Liberal budget. They have lost control of spending and are nickel and diming people to death, with increases on beer, wine, public transit and Uber rides. There is no relief on payroll taxes for our small business owners who create jobs in our community, but there is more money for tax auditors,” said Clement. “Instead Justin Trudeau is helping Liberal consultants and developing “Superclusters,” proving he is totally out of touch with hard-working families.”

The budget was heavy on rhetoric and empty promises, with nothing to support rural communities or move lagging infrastructure projects forward. The Liberal government has already hammered Canadians with increased taxes on gasoline and home heating, savings accounts, payroll taxes for businesses, and by ending tax breaks for children’s soccer and piano lessons.

After promising a $10 billion deficit and a return to balance by 2019, the Liberals have overspent by nearly $30 billion. This budget maintains the Liberal spending spree, resulting in deficits piling up for the next 30 years.

“Instead of continuing with failed economic policies, the Liberals must announce a low tax plan that will allow Canadian companies to compete, and help families by reducing their tax burden,” said Clement.