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Conservative MPs call federal budget a distraction

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa’s Conservative MPs have both labelled the Liberal federal budget as a distraction from the SNC Lavalin scandal.

In a press release, Oshawa MP Colin Carrie called the 2019 budget tabled by the Liberal government “a thinly-veiled attempt to distract Canadians with their own hard-earned money” from the scandal.

According to Carrie, “It includes massive spending measures that will increase Canada’s deficit to $19.8 billion and spends an extra $41.3 billion over five years, thus pushing the federal debt to more than $705 billion.”

Carrie believes by carrying on a large-scale spending deficit, “the Liberals are attempting to bury ‘LavScam’ under $41 billion of new spending which is so widely and thinly spread that it’s unlikely to help any of the budget’s intended beneficiaries.”

“The amounts being spent by this government are ridiculous. Two-hundred fifty dollars a year for skills training does nothing to help thousands of Oshawa autoworkers get back on the line or transition to new employment,” said Carrie. “And it does nothing to make Ontario a more competitive jurisdiction for manufacturing.”

Carrie believes if the Liberal government wishes to help the people of Canada, the upcoming carbon tax should be scrapped.

Durham MP Erin O’Toole also released a statement voicing his displeasure with the upcoming budget.

“This budget underscores the reckless approach of the Trudeau government when it comes to the Canadian economy. The budget confirmed that the federal government will collect more than $27 billion in unexpected extra revenues due to higher taxes and rising employment, but the Liberals have decided to spend every cent and much more,” says O’Toole.

He says the deficits the Liberals are reportedly expecting are not needed, and will put “Canada on very shaky ground if the economy slows further and guarantees future tax increases for Canadian families and employers.”

O’Toole also believes the budget is meant to be a distraction from the SNC Lavalin scandal currently plaguing Liberal government.

“With out of control spending, the Trudeau Liberals are attempting to bribe Canadians with their own money, to change the channel from Trudeau’s attempts to interfere in a prosecution related to bribery,” says O’Toole.

O’Toole says the budget does nothing to support the residents of Durham, in particular noting how it does nothing for those affected by the upcoming closure of the General Motors plant in Oshawa.

However, O’ Toole is encouraged to see a commitment to higher levels of Internet connectivity, but added it must be more than just political showmanship.

“To meet the target of full connectivity of all Canadians by 2030, the government would have to allocate two or three times more funding. I would prefer that the Liberals would just be straight with Canadians. Either commit the required funding, or don’t make wild claims you will not meet.”

Ultimately, O’Toole believes “This budget demonstrates that the Liberals have surrendered on prudent fiscal management. Despite record levels of revenues, they are running massive deficits while raising taxes on all Canadians. They are not committing funding to core areas to keep our country competitive or to address the priorities of Canadians. Canadians will have a clear choice this fall to ensure that this is the last reckless Liberal budget.”