I note today that a number of well known commentators in Canada are upset, surprised , commented extensively on the fact that it looks as if the great promise of electoral reform by the Federal Liberal Party is all but dead. Somehow these commentators , Andrew Coyne, Ed Broadbent and Patrick Flanagan thought that the new Trudeau Liberal Government would keep their promises .
All three of these folks are old enough to remember earlier Liberal Governments all the way from Papa Trudeau and no taxes on oil and oil products to promises about tearing up NAFTA by later Liberal Governments . And if they have a bad memory on these earlier positions surely they remember this past year ? This past year saw the Trudeau Government make a mockery of the nation’ s finances promising a mere $10 billion deficit ( first time I know of a leader promising a deficit ) that later was ballooning to $29 billion. And on top of that the promised balanced budget at the end of the Liberal Government’s first term was now many years beyond that. If this is not enough evidence of promise breaking I don’t know what is!
And my dear commentators , if this isn’t enough , how about when the present Federal Government tries to keep a promise ? They bungle that , too.
Listen to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s first report on the Infrastructure Plan :
This report analyzes the Government’s New Infrastructure Plan (NIP) announced through the 2016 Federal Budget and its 2016 Fall Economic Statement. This analysis is designed to assist parliamentarians in understanding program outcomes and potential risks to those outcomes.
The Government plans to allocate $186.7 billion in funding for the NIP over the next 10 years. Of this total, $82.8 billion is new, incremental funding.
The program is being rolled out in two phases. Phase 1, at $13.6 billion for the first two years, aims at providing some economic stimulus. The outer-years expenditure is to improve Canada’s long-term economic productivity.
The Government has provided no performance measurement framework with which to evaluate the NIP’s performance, and only limited visibility on tracking how the money is being spent.’