The current approach of deficit spending is unsustainable. High debt loads, both sovereign and personal, become dangerous when an economic downturn occurs. According to a report by the Fraser Institute, upon completing his term in 2019, Justin Trudeau is projected to be the largest accumulator of federal debt per person. Per-person debt will increase by 5.2% to $32,589.
Deficit spending since 2015 has not delivered on the foundational change that will ensure a better Canada for tomorrow. Our GDP grew by just 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018, the worst quarterly performance in two and a half years. Housing fell by an annualized 14.7%, the biggest drop since 2009. The most alarming – business investment fell to an annualized 10.9% — the third straight quarterly decline.
Most experts expect an economic slowdown in the coming year. The current Liberal deficits are due to high spending at a time when national revenues have actually increased. That means Canada’s deficits will balloon further when revenue drops due to the coming downturn. Continuing on this path will jeopardize Canadian society’s ability to support vital programs and critical infrastructure, make interest payments and bring down the national debt.
I encourage you to click through the links below to see what I have been doing as the Member of Parliament to ensure this important federal priority is heard in the riding and in Ottawa.
Articles & Newsletters
Balance the Budget & Deficit Spending
NAFTA 2.0 / USMCA
A Carbon Tax will hurt our economy
Events in our Community
Taxes, Tariffs, Trade & Canada’s Competitiveness – Round Table (Feb 8, 2019) and Town Hall (Feb 24 2019)
On Februrary 8th, I hosted a Round Table on Taxes, Trade and Canada’s Competitiveness with local business leaders. On February 24th, I hosted a Town Hall on Taxes, Tariffs and Trade to discuss what local business leaders were saying on this topic with our community. The message from the room was clear – business owners and many of my constituents are concerned about our country’s personal and corporate tax system that is neither fair nor balanced and difficult to navigate. There are also concerns regarding current challenges to trade relationships, increasing foreign capital leaving Canada, and jobs being lost across the country.
See pictures from the Round Table and Town Hall below!
Tax Fairness Town Hall – September 25, 2017
On September 25, 2017 I hosted a Town Hall to discuss the government’s proposed changes to small-business taxes over the Summer of 2017.
It was a difficult, but important conversation and it was a credit to all who attended and to our country’s sense of democracy, that we were able to have such a profound and productive discussion.
I sent a report that reflects the perspectives that were shared with me, to the Minister of Finance.
See pictures from the Town Hall below!