Conservatives are asking everyone else to tighten their belts but continue with reckless spending in their own offices, says Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s.
“In the face of a $56 billion deficit, the largest in Canadian history, it is shocking to learn this Conservative Prime Minister and his cabinet have increased their office spending by 16.5 percent. Canadian families are making difficult choices as they struggle to pay their bills and the latest report on poverty among seniors has seen the rate rise by 25 percent. They would expect their government to trim itself to the bare necessities first, before cutting important programs and services,” said Foote. “Instead Canadians see their government spending on additional staff and partisan advertising.”
“The Prime Minister’s office increased its budget by 30 percent over the last two years to nearly $10-million annually. While the Finance Minister is telling Canadians it’s time to tighten the purse strings, he increases spending in his office by 6.5 percent,” said Foote. “That is money that would go a long way to supporting investments in education, family caregivers, seniors and infrastructure but now it’s lost on unnecessary increases to political offices.”
“The list of those who are under attack by the Harper Conservatives grows daily – low-income seniors saw cuts to pension payments; disabled Nortel pensioners are losing long-term disability benefits; and seriously injured veterans find insufficient support. At the same time, the list of the Harper Conservatives’ foolish spending grows in leaps and bounds – $10-billion on super prisons; $6-billion on tax breaks to wealthy corporations when our tax rates are already competitive; $1.3 billion for the G8/G20 photo-op and $16 billion for stealth fighter jets in a sole-sourced contract,” said Foote. “Canadians are getting a good look at Conservative priorities and find it outrageous.”
“People in the riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s are struggling to make ends meet at every stage of their life. Students are graduating and beginning their careers with enormous debts and a growing number of seniors are living in poverty. The government should be helping Canadians get ahead, not adding to their financial burden. It’s discouraging to see the Prime Minister and his cabinet carelessly increasing those burdens with reckless and irresponsible spending of public funds,” said Foote.
Judy M. Foote-(709) 832-1383