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Mixed Reaction to Federal Budget

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 4:07 PM

Prince George, B.C. – Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty has delivered a scathing review of today’s federal budget.

It was unveiled early this afternoon in the House of Commons by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and included the promise of a 10-year $11.2 billion national housing strategy and a further $7 billion over the next decade to create child care spaces (see full details of budget here).

Garth Frizzell – Prince George city councillor and FCM Board member

“Canadians were hoping for a better outcome from the Liberal budget announced today. At a time when Liberals are making life more expensive, Justin Trudeau could have offered lower taxes and a job creation plan that actually works,” he said.

“Instead, Canadians are getting nickel-and-dimed by this Prime Minister so he can continue to fund flawed Liberal ideas.”

Doherty said the budget showed Liberals “simply don’t understand Canada’s middle class” noting they should have focused “on supporting policies that will create jobs for young Canadians. In the last year, Canadians aged 15-24 lost 42,000 full-time jobs.”

Garth Frizzell, Prince George City Councillor and Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board member on the other hand was pleased with what he saw – in particular the promise of a national housing strategy.

“Ever since I got on the Board we’ve been asking for a national housing strategy. Countries all around the world have these in place and finally it looks like Canada’s going to get one,” he says.

“There’s been a mish-mash of different programs that have been available at the federal level and though we’re still waiting to get some analysis on what this is going to look like it looks like this could be very exciting for us.”

Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty

Does he expect some of those dollars will filter into Prince George?

“Well that’s the hope. I mean the work that we do with FCM – it’s explicit that it’s not just the big cities that we’re working for. It’s not just rural and remote Canada. So, I fully expect that this is going to be an announcement that benefits all communities in Canada regardless of size.”

And though details are scant so far – Frizzell was pleased to hear money some money will be dedicated to the government’s infrastructure bank which is aimed at providing low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects.

“That was a promise and we’re waiting to see what that roll-out means for Canada but also for B.C. It’s early hours after the budget was dropped so the next few hours should be interesting.”


Wow, the opposition with a scathing review of the budget! Wouldn’t it be cool if for once someone from the other side would come out and say “I’m sorry guys but I gotta tell you, this budget rocks! I mean if we were in, I’m sure we would have come up with the same thing!”

It is all fun and joy spending money we do not have, paying it back is another issue.

Well buried in the back pages of the budget banks if failing will be allowed to raid ones bank account.

    True to form, Liberal Parties everywhere, the Party of the debt dealers.

“Instead, Canadians are getting nickel-and-dimed by this Prime Minister so he can continue to fund flawed Liberal ideas.”

Sounds exactly like what the opposition said when the cons were in office.

So Doherty is saying he has read the complete budget…all 250 plus pages..in less than a day..understands it all to the point he has an opinion… ya right… more gum flapping from Doherty.

    Like when Doherty said he had read the TPP, before it had even been released. Todd Doherty MP. Mister Potatohead.

      He seems to never mention any thing in regards to his portfolio , opposition critic for fisheries and oceans . One would think he’d at least have read what was there for him and the people he is supposed to represent. He’s becoming a bit of a joke on the west coast . No one has even seen him on the coast . If you read this Todd . Do your job ! It’s called ” fisheries and oceans critic ” . Did you at least see how much money was/is spent there ?

“Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty has delivered a scathing review of today’s federal budget.”

I am sure that id one went to each Conservative Riding web site, one would see the same opposition of the budget delivery. Not only is that the traditional purpose of the opposition, but I am sure that they have copied and pasted or used another method to present the same message.

Please, if someone can find a unique critique with suggestions of improvement when it comes to debate, it would be nice to share it with us.

Same old. Same old process.

See the latest debate in parliament to see the kind of antics that continue …. even has a Con female swinging her hips to diss her female member opposite.

Stupidity at its finest!!!


    watch the antics about nothing … waste of time

    Here is the British Parliament as an example having more meaningful concerns to debate. Also note the space each MP has to work in … nice and cozy, LOL


I’m surprised BH isn’t weighing in with his usual soapbox whining and antics

    wait …. ;-)

You have to hate the budget if you didn’t vote liberal… it the way it is.. can’t support the budget because your are not allowed to :)

    They don’t call them sheeple for nothing .

30 billion and we are not even in a recession, could you imagine if there was a global melt down right now? No extra infrastructure money rolled out yet, and still a massive deficit? What is he spending money on? Gifts to the rest of the world?

Heard the finance minister on CBC radio today, says jobs numbers are up because the unemployment rate is down a percentage point since they came into office. Wonder if he knows how they calculate the unemployment rate? PG’s unemployment rate went up a few months ago because there were more entrants to the workforce. He should know what stat to use when it comes to job numbers should he not?

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