The Trudeau Government had promised to deliver a balanced budget at the end of their four-year term but instead increased the national debt projecting a $19.8 billion dollar deficit.
Opposition Conservatives have been calling on the Federal Government to control spending.
Randy Hoback, the Conservative MP and Deputy Shadow Critic for the International Trade Committee says the Trudeau government’s budget is a failure.
“They’re spending a lot of money to try to cover up what’s going on in the SNC Lavalin case. Reality is they're providing a lot of gifts and a lot of things right now that we’re going to have to pay for next year and the years after when the increases in taxes take effect.”
He notes as it relates to agriculture there was money there for supply management money that was there when we (the Conservatives) were in government.
“When we did our trade deals we already agreed to supply management that we would give them compensation to help offset the losses they’d have in the marketplace due to the new trade agreements. They (Liberals) actually just now put it into the budget which really isn’t any new money it’s just basically re-iterating what we had already committed to previously. When you look at for grain farmers and other sectors there’s really not a lot in there except some talk about we’re going to look at how we do farm transitions to avoid taxation without jeopardizing the tax system."
He says they’ve tried to rehash some old things and make them look new.
“It’s fairly weak when it comes to Agriculture, but I guess it’s better than last time because last budget Agriculture wasn’t even mentioned.”
He wonders if they (Liberal’s) even have an understanding of what farming is.
“In fact, in the Trade Committee when we were talking about canola, we actually had to bring some canola to the committee to show them what it actually looked like.”
He says the reality is they don’t understand agriculture. So they’re doing things from Ottawa without talking to people who are actually at the farm gate, and they create a whole pile of mistakes when they do that.
“A good example of that is this goof up with the fuel at card locks. Anybody in agriculture knows that fuel at card locks is purple fuel, purple diesel and should be carbon tax exempt. So, how they would miss that one is beyond us.”