DAN CEARNS The Standard
DURHAM: The Federal Liberal government recently unveiled the 2018 budget, which includes a $18 billion deficit.
Local MP Erin O’Toole spoke to The Standard about his thoughts on this budget.
One of Mr. O’Toole’s concerns with this budget is that it goes against the Liberal party’s promises of no less than a $10 million deficit per year and the projected deficit down the line breaks another of the party’s promises to balance the budget by 2019/2020.
“What concerns me the most is the Liberal Government, it seems, has abandoned the idea of ever balancing the budget,” he said.
During the tabling of the budget, it was announced that the government would be creating an advisory committee for the implementation of national Pharmacare. However, Mr. O’Toole noted that the budget doesn’t include “one cent of funding” to implement a national Pharmacare plan.
Looking at the effect of the budget on the North Durham community, Mr. O’Toole said the Liberals have “zero concrete proposals for agriculture.”
“Agriculture and small business are both falling behind under Trudeau,” he said.
But, Mr. O’Toole said he was happy to see funding in the budget, of about $80 million over the next five years, to fix the no-fly list. The no fly list is a list of people who are prohibited from flying commercially within, into, or out of the country. There have been concerns in the past about the screening system, regarding the way it so far uses only first and last names to screen people, and this funding will mean an overhaul of this system.
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