It’s now been over two years since the Liberals last tabled a budget in the House of Commons with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holding the record for the longest period in Canadian history without an economic plan.
While the Liberals have been using the pandemic as an excuse to avoid fiscal accountability with Canadians, other countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico have all managed to present their budgets while also fighting the pandemic.
The Prime Minister has instead continued to keep Canadians in the dark about when we will actually see a federal budget here in Canada.
When asked about reports that his government will not release a budget this March or early April – when they are generally tabled – the Prime Minister simply said:
“We are working on the budget. It will be coming soon.”
Meanwhile, we Conservatives have been working hard to secure support for workers in sectors heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Opposition parties passing a Conservative motion to include sector-specific supports in the upcoming budget.
Conservatives have said from the beginning of the pandemic that there would be some sectors that would be especially hard-hit. Canadians who depend on industries like hospitality, tourism, charities, airlines, and small- and medium-sized businesses to provide for their families need support now.
By helping these heavily impacted sectors and their workers, we can secure jobs, pensions, and quicken Canada’s economic recovery.
Unfortunately, the Liberals voted against our motion and it will be up to the Prime Minister to explain to Canadians why his government wouldn’t commit to helping these workers and their families.
Two years is far too long for Canadians to go without knowing the economic plans of this Liberal government. Canadians have a right to know what shape our country’s finances are in and where their tax dollars are going.
We Conservatives are ready to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track and secure our future. Conservatives got us out of the last recession, and we can lead Canada out of this one too.
Bob Zimmer is Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.