Ottawa, ON: Conservative Member of Parliament for Peace River - Westlock, Arnold Viersen issued the following statement regarding the release of the 2021 Federal Budget:
“I am alarmed by the absurd spending the Liberals are proposing. Trudeau has launched a $100 billion ideological slush fund that is focused on the Liberal campaign platform instead of creating jobs.
“For example, the Liberal budget includes:
$55 million dollars for gun control
A new $15 federal minimum wage
Billions for another doomed attempt to nationalize childcare
Billions for a green reset
“In total, Liberals will push Canada’s debt past $1.2 trillion dollars this year and the federal debt will hit 51.2 per cent of GDP in 2021/22 with no end in sight.
“The Prime Minister wants to test an out-of-control debt plan without focusing on job creation, one that abandons the natural resource sector entirely, and provides no fiscal anchor. This Ottawa-knows-best approach will continue to lead to ballooning housing costs, higher taxes, growing risk of inflation, and will leave millions of Albertans behind.
“There is one sliver of good news in the budget and that is the cancellation of the carbon tax for farm fuels. Conservatives have been calling for this change for years.
“Conservatives support Erin O’Toole’s Canada Recovery Plan, which is focused on creating financial security and certainty. This plan will safely secure our future and deliver a Canada where those who have struggled the most through this pandemic can get back to work.”