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TORONTO (JTA) — There is broad consensus in Canada that the Liberals’ latest budget was badly mismanaged — and that’s prompting calls for more debt cuts, not less.
In a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec’s conservative and other critics demanded the government make “some reforms” and promise greater flexibility in budgeting as it looks to balance the federal budget in 2017-18.
They also voiced concerns about the Liberal leadership in a leadership race led by Michael Ignatieff of New Democrats.
“After six years of being told what to do and how to behave, now it is your turn to implement,” read the letter, sent on Monday to the government’s chief operating officer, Marc Poulin, in advance of an expected vote on his mandate.
“The Canadian people expect that in a coalition government, you will not only work for them but you will also work for them so that your decisions do not become the political responsibility of just the Liberal Party and not even of the government,” it continued.
Among other things, the letter said the Liberal leader will have the ability to take more radical measures, such as a one-time increase in tuition relief if the government fails to come up with the necessary money, should it decide to cut income tax — potentially hitting most Quebecers 바카라hardest.
Poulin, the NDP’s finance critic, said the Liberals’ fi바카라rst budget “did not meet our expectations.”
“If you think that one year of surplus from the federal government does not provide any credibility to the Conservatives, that we have done enough in the past four years to provide more stability to the economy and allow more spending from our federal treasury in the next couple of years, then I don’t see how that is going to be successful,” he said, pointing out that the Liberal budget was $15 billion over budget and that Ottawa is on pace for $8.5 billion in deficits in 2017-18.
The government has to balance the budget no later than next April, but it has promised to cut all but $12 billion in spending by next March. It has said, however, it does not intend to increase income taxes — the most drastic measure — or the personal income tax rate and expect to increase some other taxes during that time.
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