That's really the only number Canadians need to be presented with. In five years from now, that's exactly how far the Canadian taxpayer will be in debt.
The Liberal Party of Canada can no longer continue to support this ridiculously reckless Conservative government. Harper and his Harris clowns have continuously lied to the Canadian public and, with yesterday's budget, the lies are being perpetuated.
None of the money, save for home renovations, is going to make this economic storm go away overnight. Real Canadians that are down on their luck will not be getting help from this government. $2 billion for affordable housing doesn't really address the affordable housing long overdue in our major cities. Extending the EI to 50 weeks (if you live in the right region) does not address the need of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians that are and will be jobless this year. Those Canadians on Social Assistance won't benefit one iota from this budget. Not a dime will get to them.
Suggested infrastructure boosts involve the participation of cities that are already on the verge of bankruptcy matching the federal funds. In other words: it's not enough that the feds are going to be cash strapped, they want every level of government to participate in the ruination of Canada.
Every economist in the country warned the Conservatives not to cut the GST. But the Conservatives insisted it was the right move for Canada. So, out the window went $8 Billion a year. And for what? The average Canadian down on his luck never saw a difference in their life.
After 9 straight balanced Liberal budgets and surpluses and responsible Liberal fiscal management, this country has been plunged into the abyss. Michael Ignatieff would be absolutely wrong to trust this Conservative government with the financial future of Canada. Ralph Goodale and John McCallum forgot more about economics that Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty will ever know. This budget must not pass.
Anyway. Carry on. I know nothing. Hell, I don't even have a degree. Certainly not an economics degree from the University of Calgary and, I certainly don't have a degree from Oxford or Harvard either.