Budgets are often an exercise in political communication, they tell a story.
But with the Trudeau Government Budget 2018, or whatever it was called, you would not know.
it has at least no story told that anyone can remember, at least not a story that tells us something about what the government intends to do.
If you asked 10 people what was in Wednesday's federal budget, I can assure you that the unpleasant silence would be louder than the blank cataract you get in return.
The story is simple: the budget of 367 pages suggested $ 21.5 billion in new releases over the next five years, which is dramatically higher than last year's excessive budget that boasted about $ 5.7 billion in new expenses.
But despite $ 21.5 billion of new spending – a bit of a splash on everyone and everything else, this year's budget missed the exciting bang all that money you should be able to buy, while at any level it fails to achieve the actual priorities communicating from the government.
However, there is one story that has arisen from these reckless expenses and that is this: it will continue – indefinitely.
Ottawa has committed us to shortages – and more than two years later, when the liberals promised that these deficits would cease. They will not stop until 2023. Maybe.
They have managed to waste too much of one of the foundations of their mandate, and some would even contest a pride.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who boast of a strong Canadian economy, could easily put Canada back on the path to surplus, but they deliberately chose not to do it.
They have become a government that is willing to pay the future to pay for your vote, today
That is the story line of budget 2018. Deficits. More shortcomings. Larger deficits.
Worse, it is a storyline that embraces this government – one that brings with it inexplicable joy.
Whether it is their money to strengthen their bid for a UN Security Council seat if they give out more to foreign aid, or hide behind a message of gender equality & # 39; to spend almost 10% more than was projected on their own activities – there is no reason why Ottawa would deliberately spend more money than they bring in.
I do not have to tell you that shortages are bad, but when they become a source of satisfaction for those who govern, we should be extremely alarmed.
Undetermined spending and accumulation of our debt gives us fewer opportunities to maneuver out of troubled waters if times become difficult. Our debt will have to be sustained at the expense of higher taxes and it will leave the next generation with less wealth – these are both indisputable facts.
But despite all this, what should disturb us the most is what was missing in the budget – every mention of a timeline to balance it.
– Lantsman was a senior political advisor to the previous conservative government and currently lives and works in Toronto