Brison on Flaherty's Fire Sale
Monday, December 01, 2008
House of Commons Debates
OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)Monday, December 1, 2008
Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the finance minister is doing exactly what he told us he would not do. He is engineering a surplus just to say he has one. Now he wants to sell off government assets during a buyer's market, the worst time to sell. Just like he did with highway 407, the minister will lose billions of tax dollars in his desperate fire sale to cover up his new Conservative deficit.
How can Canadians trust the finance minister, a finance minister who cooks the books?
Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the minister should tell Canadians the truth, that in fact he will be putting Canada in deficit next year.
The Prime Minister is misleading Canada on the state of Canada's finances and now he is trying to cover up the deficit by selling off government assets in a fire sale. He is counting on $10 billion from this fire sale and he does not even have a list of what he is going to sell.
The Conservatives are breaking every accounting rule in the book just to hide their new deficit.
With this Enron style of accounting, how can Canadians trust the Prime Minister to manage the economy?
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