For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON – Cathay Wagantall, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, has denounced the first-ever NDP-Liberal federal budget, presented in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on April 7th.
“Yesterday, many of my constituents’ worst fears came true,” said Wagantall. “This is an irresponsible budget fully funded by Canadians already suffering under the weight of inflation and the cost-of-living. With $50 billion in new spending, this budget will only be paid for with higher taxes and radical economic schemes that Canadians cannot afford.”
Wagantall noted that Canadians were looking to this budget for a plan to lower spending, deliver much-needed tax relief, and control the highest inflation in thirty years. However, she declared that seniors living on fixed incomes and families struggling to pay their bills or buy their first home have been let down.
“This is a Prime Minister who promised to help the middle class and those wanting to join it, yet under this NDP-Liberal government, that dream is now dead for millions of Canadians, and those who remain are barely clinging on to that dream,” she said.
In the weeks leading up to the Budget, Conservatives indicated to the Liberal government that they wanted to see a meaningful plan — and real solutions — to the inflationary pressures leaving so many Canadians behind. MP Wagantall said that the “avalanche of spending” proposed in Budget 2022 will have the opposite effect.
“The federal government is now 25 percent bigger than it was before the pandemic. With COVID behind us, Conservatives have been calling on the NDP-Liberal government to show restraint. But the more Liberals spend, the more expensive everything gets. In an effort to satisfy his NDP coalition partners, Trudeau’s tax-and-spend agenda will only intensify in the years to come.”
Wagantall was clear that Conservatives will continue to serve as the only effective opposition to Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh.
“We want a plan for growth, with targeted investments and policies to boost our productivity and improve our competitiveness. Now, more than ever, Canadians need a responsible plan to deal with everyday affordability and to bolster our economic prosperity. Simply put, they need relief and hope for the future.”
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For more information:
Office of Cathay Wagantall, MP