OTTAWA – With our economy continuing to underperform and structural imbalances worsening, NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park) is calling on the Conservative government to change course and take action to better protect our economy against global economic volatility.
“Instead of tackling the serious economic challenges facing Canadians, the last Conservative budget attacked essential programs and services like health care and Old Age Security and gutted environmental protections,” said Nash. “Budget 2013 is a chance for the Conservatives to start putting Canadians first, instead of ploughing ahead with an agenda that serves only a well-connected few.”
Apparently, the Official Opposition will not allow Stephen Harper‘s appetite for character-assassinating attack ads and propaganda to go unchallenged. The NDP has responded to the Conservatives’ recent attack ad targeting its leader, Thomas Mulcair. The ad, dubbed “Stephen Harper’s Solutions,” focuses on the prime minister’s economic record. It lambasts the Conservative government’s recent draconian cuts to essential services such as Old Age Security (OAS) and Emplyment Insurance (EI).
The Conservative government’s “austerity” budget cuts, they’re coming. Huge cuts to social programs and services. Cuts so deep they’ll alter the quality of life of thousands of Canadians. Especially through massive job losses in the public sector. Surely, this is the wrong moment for reckless, ideology-inspired cuts.
Statistics Canada reported last Tuesday that the economy contracted 0.1 per cent in November. In October, the economy recorded zero growth. The budget is expected to slash as much as $8 billion from federal spending.