Stephen Harper has got to go

Can we please stop believing the Conservatives when they say they are superb financial managers?

Dear Sir:

One of the most obvious habits of the Conservative Party of Canada is that if they wish something were true and they want you to think so, is that they will just say it is true. Over, and over, and over again. And hope you forget what you knew last week. Unfortunately, this works all too often.

Conservatives cast themselves as superb financial managers. Because they are conservatives, of course they look after the books, and everyone else is irresponsible.

Can we please dispose of this Harper narrative drivel? The only way Harper can make this claim is the same way he can make claims about our capability to defend our interests in the arctic, or our environmental record, or how devastating our actions against ISIS are. He just lies about it.

When Harper became Prime Minister in 2006 he took over a government with a $14 billion surplus.

By two years later, and before the 2008 meltdown hit, Canada was in a deficit situation largely because Harper had deliberately eliminated federal revenue streams he knew would create a deficit.

Since then operationally, he has neutered the ability of many federal agencies and departments to do their work.

But at the same time Mr. Harper has increased the actual size of the federal civil service. (Mostly what you get for your tax dollars now are spin-doctors and slick TV ad producers, certainly not scientists, who aren’t allowed to talk to you anyway.)

Over the course of Mr. Harper’s time as PM, the gross national debt has increased by about $248 billion. Admittedly, in this regard Mr. Harper hasn’t done quite as badly as Brian Mulroney, (who vomited the same narrative of Conservative fiscal prudence) but you’ve got to admit, as a fiscal manager, Harper is no Paul Martin.

So can we please dispense with this “Conservatives are good money managers” line of BS? Okay?

Another alarming issue concerning the country’s finances is this completely unnecessary obsession with a “balanced budget” this year.

It is actually hilarious, that Mr. Harper wanted a surplus but also wanted a highly political highly targeted tax cut that he could crow about more. It’s the equivalent of spending the Christmas bonus before getting it.

How is that good management? It’s not.

Lastly, this government does not seem to understand the sound application of debt financing. There are entirely legitimate and appropriate uses for debt financing in government planning.

Borrowing to fund the annual operations of the government is definitely a problem.

However borrowing to finance major infrastructure projects, or capital acquisitions, like ice breakers, is a perfectly legitimate use of debt financing.

If Mr. Harper wanted to pay for the new infrastructure works this country badly needs out of government revenues instead of issuing bonds, which his Minister of Finance has called irresponsible, ( Duh…) he will need to run substantially larger surpluses that he is currently projecting. Not flush them down the toilet trying to buy votes.

We have an election this year.

My main issue is democracy. I’m voting ABC (Anybody but Conservative).

Dave Menzies,

Terrace, B.C.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Brett Alexander Jones is wanted on several warrants province-wide, in connection with multiple charges. (Kitimat RCMP photo)
Kitimat RCMP searching for man wanted on several warrants province-wide

Jones is described as a five-foot 10-inches Caucasian man, with blond hair and blue eyes.

The Nisga’a Valley Health Authority reported an isolated cluster of COVID-19 cases among non-direct care staff at the New Aiyansh Health Centre. (Gary Fiegehen/Nisga’a Lisims Government)
New Aiyansh Health Centre experiencing COVID-19 cluster among non-direct care staff

Nisga’a Valley Health Authority asking residents to cancel appointments outside the Nass Valley

The Nisga’a Lisims Government has extended its state of local emergency. (File photo)
Nisga’a state of local emergency extended, vaccines delayed

There are 21 active COVID-19 cases in the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

(File)
Man allegedly bites Vancouver cop during arrest for outstanding warrant

The officer was treated in hospital for the bite wounds

(File Photo)
Interior Health says COVID positivity rates in Fernie area actually 10-12%

IH say the rates are not as high as previously claimed by the region’s top doctor

Black bear cubs Athena and Jordan look on from their enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, B.C., on July 8, 2015. Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes near Port Hardy, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Supreme Court quashes review of B.C. conservation officer who refused to euthanize bears

Bryce Casavant was dismissed from his job for choosing not to shoot the cubs in 2015

Francina Mettes and Thomas Schouten with the 200-page document they submitted in December of 2018. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Dutch man, 94, facing unwanted trip home can stay in B.C. with wife of 45 years

Immigration offices cuts red tape so couple of 45 years can stay together in Victoria area

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Premier, health officials to discuss next steps in COVID immunization plan

Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine the province expected by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production issues

Vancouver Canucks’ Travis Hamonic grabs Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson by the face during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horvat scores winner as Canucks dump Habs 6-5 in shootout thriller

Vancouver and Montreal clash again Thursday night

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

Most Read