March 24, 2016

Liberal claims of “slash and burn” Harper years don’t stand up to scrutiny

Brian LilleyArchive

From austerity to big spending - Canada is back! That’s the claim from the liberal left in this country, those who were never comfortable with Stephen Harper because he didn’t spend enough and cut too much, they said. 

Trudeau and his Liberals make the claim in speeches, in the media, in Parliament saying given a choice between austerity and investments, Canadians chose investments.

In a recent column, Don Pittis, a senior producer for CBC’s business unit notes:

“Canada has abruptly switched sides in one of the perennial political and economic battles over how to restart a sagging economy.

To put it in a way that would not please either side, it is the contest between the misers and the spendthrifts. After years of the penny-pinching approach, Canada has switched tack to become a big spender.”

But do the facts support this claim? We’re entitled to our own opinions but not to our own facts and the facts show that under Harper, spending grew at a rapid pace even before the recession hit in 2008.

Watch my video for the facts. I review finance department fiscal monitor reports that lay out government revenue and expenses on a monthly basis looking at every year starting with March 2006 to current.

The numbers don’t show austerity. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives raised government spending by 43% before inflation which is why I argued with them that they spent too much.

They’d always say that they kept spending increases in line with inflation and population growth. I remained critical of the spending but they were obviously doing something right.

They kept debt to GDP levels low and most importantly, lowered the federal government’s impact on the Canadian economy to the lowest level since the 1950s, all while keeping Canada’s economy in better shape than those of our major competitors.

Were the Conservatives perfect? No, but they weren’t slash and burn austerity proponents either.

Doesn’t matter what the other guys say, the numbers simply don’t back it up.

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commented 2016-03-26 17:35:17 -0400
All this proves is that Harper was just another CINO douche bag.
commented 2016-03-25 14:12:54 -0400
This is just the opposite it is Trudeau who is running Austerity keeping the building of Pipelines shut down for the UN Climate Hoax!
commented 2016-03-25 03:55:53 -0400
There used to be a sarcastic little ditty which said:- “Oh nothing can be so sweet, as when two trains on the same track to meet”… I would suggest nowadays that it’s:- “Oh nothing can be so sweet, as when a cricket bat and Morneau’s lying face do meet…”…
commented 2016-03-25 03:17:36 -0400
The Liberals are lying? It just shows that the laws of the universe still apply. I would be disturbed if Junior actually told the truth.
commented 2016-03-25 00:56:12 -0400
It doesn’t matter what you think Brian; what I think; what the conservatives think or what the facts think. The only think that matters in this country is what the liberals and their supporting Millennial – I don’t believe in the science – generation think.

As they say in the Navy: standby for heavy rolling – for the next three to four terms at least or until Trudeau the Third is weaned and groomed and ready. As a country we are hooped!
commented 2016-03-24 22:01:12 -0400
Media support , media support , media support , msm support , msm support , Msm supporters—— cancel msm — phone or e mail your msmers, including radio stations,let them know what’s on your mind !
commented 2016-03-24 22:00:29 -0400
I hope someone gets a chance to put the boots to this traitor!
commented 2016-03-24 21:56:40 -0400
Deborah said, " … and so do the close to 60% of the population that didn’t vote for this pinhead."

70%, actually.
commented 2016-03-24 20:08:14 -0400
Trudeau will spend us into oblivion and once the coffers have run dry, he will borrow from the UN, who will make a deal with the Saudi who will front the money, on condition that Canada introduces full Sharia Law. At this time Canada will cease to exist.
commented 2016-03-24 19:16:29 -0400
I loved watching the backbenchers while the Minister of Infrastruture or what ever he is, who got the the job like his other handicap Alberta counterpart because they are photo-ops through affirmative action for Junior, looking up once in a while from suduko or crosswords. Then going back to their puzzles, or personal devices, because it is so boring to do your job.
commented 2016-03-24 18:39:16 -0400
On another matter, I guess, the 675 million welfare checque for the cbc will help pay the Ghomeshi legal fees
commented 2016-03-24 18:20:05 -0400
Time for the Liberals to put on their big boy shoes and take responsibility in the here and now! Are we going to spend the next four years listening to them blame the Harper government for everything in the past. Besides, like Communist Soviet Union aren’t they intent on erasing the past in its entirety?! They wanted so badly to get in the driver’s seat with their “Real Change” … more like “Radical Change”! So … bloody well get on with it and stop whining!

It is becoming more and more apparent as every day goes by (but NO surprise) that the spoiled little brat has never been told “no” in his entire lifetime, thus is incapable of taking responsibility for anything of any value at any time. Like the child who gets caught in the wrong he points the finger to get somebody else in trouble, and will continue to lie his way out of the situation until the jig is up but will still try. This bozo has the media to support and perpetuate his fibbing as fact, the whole gang ready to rewrite history just like the any decent communist revolutionary movement.
commented 2016-03-24 17:58:53 -0400
Yep – the happy closet homos – Bernie and Bill – driving the ship into debt as the global economy collapses.

Get ready for disaster folks – it’s going to hurt.
commented 2016-03-24 17:36:24 -0400
PM Harper was a leader and an economist, and head and shoulders above these two fools! They can keep banging the drum blaming PM Harper, but we all know who the real criminals are, and so do the close to 60% of the population that didn’t vote for this pinhead.
commented 2016-03-24 17:26:24 -0400
ILL take Harper in his sleep a head of these two socialists from QUE. and you can through in any 10 air heads along with ST. Peter from the C.B.C.