posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 09:02 PM
The Federal Budget came down yesterday and what a budget it was!
360 pages in total. Something for everyone, or so they say. I haven't read it all yet but I am working my way through it. A most unconservative
document if I do say so myself. Stephen Harper must be just rotting inside to present something that goes against his core values, well what are
supposed to be his core values. Although they did spend like drunken liberals while in office the previous two years.
Some interesting stuff in there. I haven't come across any mention yet of the sale of Government assets that was mentioned back in November but I am
We have all heard of the term "shovel-ready" by now. What they haven't said very much about is this. The money earmarked for infrastructure
projects will only be meted out if, for Municipal and Provincial projects, the other two levels have the Capital available to go forward with the
work. In other words, if your city has need of a new sewage treatment plant, the Feds will cough up the money only if your Municipality has the
funding ready to go. Having the project ready but no funding as of yet will basically negate the Federal money coming your way. Which is to say, your
city needs it's 1/3 ready now and your province needs its 1/3 ready now.
Also, Ignatief said the Liberals will support it if the Conservatives agree to three budgetary updates throughout the year, giving them the chance to
defeat the Government if they don't like the progress or lack thereof of this stimulus.
The best quote I have heard so far is from Layton.
Layton refused to specify whether the coalition between the Liberals and NDP was dead, saying only that: "We have a new coalition on
Parliament Hill. It’s a coalition between Mr. Harper and Mr. Ignatieff."
Poor Jack, he actually thought he had a chance at running the show. He may well have if Dion had remained leader.
So fellow Canucks, what is your thoughts on the Budget? Good, bad, indifference?
I would like to finish reading it before I make a real decision about it. The only thing I know is that my kids kids are going to be paying for it.