Have you seen the way the NDP and Liberals are attacking each other?
The left wing parties have finally figured out that they are fighting each other as much as they are fighting Stephen Harper and the Conservatives and the results…..I have to say they are funny to watch.
Thursday morning I got this email from the Liberals sent under the name of Marco Mendicino, their candidate for Eglington-Lawrence, that is the Toronto area riding held by finance minister Joe Oliver. But the news release didn’t attack Oliver, it attacked the NDP, Tom Mulcair and Mulcair’s candidate in the area, Andrew Thomson.
“Mulcair’s Handpicked Candidate Andrew Thomson Calls Cuts “Inevitable” – what will NDP cut first?”
That was the headline, the Liberals want you to believe that the NDP if elected will gut government services.
Are they for real?
They think so, on Wednesday they sent out a news release talking about the NDP and austerity.
“Mulcair’s austerity pledge and phony middle class rhetoric don’t add up”
What is Mulcair’s austerity pledge? That he said he would balance the budget, something Justin Trudeau used to say but doesn’t anymore.
The release then has a long quote from Toronto Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland which says, “Thomas Mulcair talks a lot about looking out for average Canadians, but his only path to a balanced budget so quickly is massive cuts and backing away from the NDP’s spending promises. The choice in this election is between jobs and growth or austerity and cuts.”
And on the campaign trail with cameras rolling, Trudeau started taking shots at Mulcair, the man he has lost his left wing votes to.
Meanwhile the NDP are firing back.
They point out that Trudeau has had many positions on balancing the budget and then, sounding like the Conservatives who say he isn’t ready, the NDP say Trudeau isn’t up to the job. Here's the headline: NDP REALITY CHECK: ON BALANCING THE BUDGET, JUSTIN TRUDEAU DOESN'T KNOW WHERE HE STANDS
In November 2008, during the economic crisis, Trudeau said there was no need to run deficits:
“…it could have defended the interests of Canadians, while at the same time being in a position to generate a budget surplus.”
In November 2010 Trudeau criticized the Conservatives for spending too much:
“The Conservatives managed to put Canada into deficit even before the global recession hit, by increasing government spending by 18% in their first three budgets.”
In February 2011 Trudeau said:
“Mr. Speaker, we are looking at a $56 billion deficit, yet Conservatives want to borrow another $6 billion just to give Canada's wealthiest corporations a tax break they obviously do not need…”
In February 2014 Trudeau said:
“The budget will balance itself.”
January 21, 2015 CTV reported:
“Justin Trudeau won't say if he thinks the federal government should abandon its commitment to a balanced budget.”
April 22, 2015 Trudeau said: “Our platform will be fully costed, fiscally responsible and a balanced budget.”
August 7, 2015 Trudeau said:
"We are committed to [a] balanced budget. But how long it takes to get there will depend on the size of the mess Mr. Harper has left behind."
When asked today to clarify Trudeau refused to clarify his budget plans:
“I've said clearly we're committed to investing in Canadians…We'll have an awful lot more to say about that in the coming days.”
Like I said, watching this battle between the two lefty leaders is fun. But it speaks to a tight race, one in which all three parties have to battle each other, no longer is it just the two top parties that trade jabs, it is all of them.
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