Brison on Canada's New Conservative Deficit
Friday, November 28, 2008
House of Commons Debates
OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)Friday, November 28, 2008
Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the deficit daddy finance minister has fudged his books to bury the deficit that he fathered. Now he is trying to pass off his illegitimate surplus as the real thing.
Why will the minister not come clean to Canadians and admit what everyone knows, which is that he has engineered a surplus just to say he has one and that the Conservatives mismanaged Canada's finances during the good times and put Canada into deficit even before the global economic slowdown?
Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, to hide his deficit, the finance minister is now selling Canadian assets at a time when the prices are low.
Why are the Conservatives counting the money before they have even made the sales, before they even know what assets they will sell? Why are they letting the same finance minister who bungled the Highway 407 deal, losing Ontario taxpayers billions of dollars, to cut the same kinds of bad deals for Canadians just to hide his new Conservative deficit?
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