The Liberal government released their fall economic update last week keeping infrastructure spending in the spotlight.
It’s that spending in part that is a concern to the local MP.
The centrepiece of the federal budget announcement last March was the $120 billion infrastructure plan over 10 years, and the latest fall update builds on that with $186 worth of programs over 11 years.
A Canada Infrastructure Bank has $35 billion in seed money established ostensibly to see the Trudeau government make good on its promise to make historic investments in infrastructure to strengthen and grow the middle class.
But overall the Liberal plan is failing Canadians, according to Mark Strahl, Conservative MP for Chilliwack-Hope, who offered some feedback from his perspective last week.
He said Canadians are paying the price.
“The Liberal economic update fails to address an economy that has weakened since the spring budget. It does nothing for the suffering natural resources sector or the more than 100,000 workers who have lost their jobs since the election of this Liberal government,” commented Strahl. “The Liberals have broken their election promises and are running a $30 billion deficit and have no plan to get back to balanced budgets. Worst of all, they have nothing to show for this reckless spending spree.”
Strahl said that middle and lower income Canadians will be worse off because of Liberal tax hikes and program cuts.
“After a year of reckless spending, the Liberals haven’t created one net-full-time job.” Strahl added, “Their plan to tax, borrow and spend even more money will not help Canadian workers and their families.”