GOVERNMENT’S DESPERATION IS TANGIBLE

With the fall of the federal government thought to be only days away, the spending promises are coming fast and furious now. It reminds me of a movie where the bad guy was being held out of a window on the end of a rope. He will do or say just about anything to try to postpone the inevitable.

The rhetoric has been increasing and Mr. Martin, I believe, has hit a new all time high for pleading. In an atmosphere that is most unbecoming, our prime minister has warned that pretty much everything will collapse for everyone should the opposition parties do the proper thing and flush the parliamentary toilet.

With each passing hour, another warning appears. There are too many to list, but a fundamental question needs to be asked here. If these bills that are in jeopardy should the government fall are of such dire importance, then why have they been left until now? Why has the government not tackled the problems in their previous 12 full years of governing? Some of the issues at light are indeed recent, but not all.

The government just announced $4.6 billion dollars for new military transport planes. Our military has been begging for new aircraft for more than a decade. In fact, when Jean Chretien came to power, he quashed a deal that Brian Mulroney had made for new helicopters. Our navy and air force are still, to this day, flying unsafe machinery.

The government announced $29 billion in tax cuts over 6 years. Once again, a Liberal promise stretched out over eternity. I say eternity because it will never come, and they know it. The $29 billion is only 29% of the more than $100 billion in surpluses that the federal government expects to reap due to their obscene levels of taxation which they have come to accept as their birthright.So much for ‘balanced’ budgets. Instead of these measly tax cuts, a government for the people would immediately reduce our rates of taxation across the board, and not only for the lowest 10% of Canadians, but for all Canadians.

The government announced a $1 billion bailout for the softwood industry. Why now? Why not a year or two ago? A better question would be why at all? The answer? Our federal government has no relationship with Washington, thanks to years of unadulterated anti-Americanism. As a result, the softwood lumber issue drags on, with no end in sight.

The government announced $920 million for Ontario’s immigration problems. It seems that our immigrants need training. Yes, they do. I wrote last week of how our most skilled immigrants are leaving Canada because they are not being allowed to work in the professions that they are qualified in because of licensing and regulating bodies who are intent on keeping foreign trade workers out, and because of a lack of transitional training and fast tracked examinations. There is more need in this department for a revamp of the rules governing foreign trained professionals than there is for the need for $920 million.

The government announced spending on old-age supplements and pay raises for the military that they also say could die with the fall of the government, as well as talks scheduled with the First Nations Council.

Mr. Ralph Goodale, federal finance minister, when announcing more than $54 billion in “new” spending on Monday, November 14, said that ” It’s about people living fulfilling lives, the kinds of retirements we can expect to enjoy and the opportunities our children will have.” Mr. Goodale, it is too bad that it took the arrival of your government’s demise for you to work on issues such as those you just mentioned. One would think that if these issues were indeed true to your heart, if the compassion you wish to project were sincere, then these matters would have been dealt with a long time ago. By the way, allowing working families to keep more of their own money would go a long way to help all of those areas you mentioned above.

Scott Reid, spokesman for Prime Minister Martin, said last week, “Canadians will be asked to pay for the opposition’s ambition and anger.”This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. It should read that Canadians are being asked to pay for the Liberals’ desperate attempts to buy their way back into power.

Let’s summarize this month’s rhetoric. If the opposition parties pull the plug in the next week, which they should, the Liberals are attempting to imply that native Canadians, children, the elderly, our immigrants, families, and the military will all suffer. Does it not occur to anyone else that not only will it not be the fault of our opposition leaders if these bills die, but also that Mr. Martin and Mr. Goodale seem to be hanging an awful lot of people out of a window themselves?