Stephen Harper and his caucus were all too all too happy to take credit when the balance sheets looked good and the economy was strong. Stephen Harper was all too confident in saying “if we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now” and so sure of himself in the last election saying it was “ridiculous” to talk about there being a deficit anytime soon. Stephen Harper happily encouraged Canadians to tap into a “great buying opportunity” on the market when it was over 20% higher than it is now. Any Canadians who took his advice would have lost a fortune.
Well Mr. Harper, you want to set a new tone in this Parliament? To turn over a new leaf? Then take some responsibility for once in your political career.
You took credit for the economy when it was doing well, take some credit when it isn’t.
You took credit for your policy decisions in the past, now take some credit for the consequences of them now.
While I will say that outside economic forces are affecting the overall Canadian economy and leading to market crashes, lost jobs, etc… more than the actions of the Harper government (though Harper has done little to help), it is beyond dispute that the current financial situation of the Canadian government and its impending deficit is largely due to the decisions of THIS government. It’s been validated by any rational non-partisan observer that it was mainly Harper's policy decisions, not the current financial crisis, that is leading us back to deficit after a decade in the black.
So Mr. Harper, will you finally take responsibility for your own mistakes?
For spending the cupboard bare and GST cuts that had little to no economic benefit?
For squandering a massive surplus and putting us in deficit?
For doing little to prepare us for the current economic turmoil? For eliminating a fiscal cushion that could have been invaluable at a time like this?
If Stephen Harper is unwilling to for once, own up, then all this talk about a new tone in this Parliament from his government, is just that: talk.
Mr. Harper has done so little to give Canadians a reason to trust his word, and I’m afraid we’re just going to get more of the same in the months ahead.
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