Trudeau is the scary one, not Scheer
Having for months warned Canadians about the dangers of electing the “libertarian” Maxime Bernier, they immediately shifted gears to attacking the “social conservative” Scheer whom, they warned, would deny women abortions and gay couples the right to marry.
It was the same hysterical rhetoric Liberals hauled out when Stephen Harper won the Conservative leadership in 2004, none of which came to pass.
Scheer has been saying for months that, like Harper, he is not interested in revisiting divisive debates of the past, but in moving forward on issues that unite Conservatives such as smaller government, balanced budgets and keeping Canadians safe.
Voters will have plenty of time to judge Scheer on all those matters before the next election.
The real issue is the Trudeau Liberals are desperate to talk about anything other than their record, which is the reason for their hysterical attacks on the new Conservative leader.
For example, Trudeau’s broken election promise that “modest” Liberal deficits over his first term in office would total $24.1 billion, with a $1 billion surplus in 2019-20.
Current Liberal projections put that figure at $93.3 billion, an increase of 287%, with a $20.4 billion deficit in 2019-20, $18.7 billion in 2020-21, $15.8 billion in 2021-22 and no plan to return to a balanced budget, ever.
Trudeau also broke his election promise to give middle-class Canadians a “revenue neutral” tax cut. In fact, Trudeau is borrowing $1.2 billion annually from taxpayers to pay for his tax cut, a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Trudeau promised to lower the taxes on small businesses — which generate the vast majority of jobs — from 11% to 9%. Hasn’t happened.
Nor has Trudeau’s election promise of open and transparent government. To the contrary, say the opposition parties, the Liberals are trying to shut down Parliamentary debate more than ever before.
With a record like this, it’s obvious why the Liberals want to talk about anything else rather than their record in government.
That’s why they’re going after Scheer. Don’t be fooled by it.
Ottawa Sun by Sun Staff
May 29th 2017