Tuesday was budget day 2016 for the BC government and they delivered their 4th consecutive balanced budget.
There was a time, when a balanced budget would seem like an obvious goal for all levels of government but as we’re seeing in Ontario, Alberta, and now Federally under the Trudeau liberals, the idea of balanced budgets with spending restraint has flown out the window as regressive left wing ideology trumps fiscal sanity.
I run through the details - good and bad - and feel overall, the BC Liberals have continued to try and hit that sweet spot of fiscal responsibility and government spending to attract the large number of swing voters they will require to retain their majority in 2017.
In our mostly two party system here in BC the Liberals rely on a coalition of Federal Conservatives and Federal Liberals to keep the NDP out. And despite rising Christy Derangement Syndrome from the left in our province I’d say the BC Liberals are on track to keep that coalition together with Budget 2016.