10

Harper: still dreaming?

Budget watchdog accuses PM of underestimating the recession


 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper knows that things are bad. But he might not know just how bad. According to parliamentary budget officer, Kevin Page, Harper’s government has grossly underestimated the impact of the recession in Canada. In particular, Page stresses that Harper’s pledge to stop running annual budget deficits in five years is doomed to fail. By 2013-14, Canada will likely still be running a deficit of almost $17 million, Page says. He predicts that the cumulative federal budget deficit will hit $155.9 billion over five years. His forecasts are gloomy, but since being appointed budget officer last year, Page’s economic predictions have consistently been more accurate than those of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Toronto Star


 
Filed under:

Harper: still dreaming?

  1. Dreaming?? No. He knows exactly what he is going on and how he is fooling the electorate. Just no way of proving it.

    • Circumstantial evidence will do. He has consistantly understated the problem. The innacuracy of his predictions can only be attributed to either abismal incompetence (he is a trained economist though admittedly not from a top flight school) or mendacity. He is either stupid, a liar or a bit of both: take your pick.

  2. Its a tough either way. If he comes and said how tough things are the same critics would complain about his leadership. Do you really think things would be better if Iggy was in charge?

    • ""The only way there's going to be a recession is if they're elected [the Liberals] and that's why they're not going to be elected." – Stephen Harper, Sept. 26, 2008

      I can understand the desire to avoid driving the economy down through self-fulfilling dire predictions. But there's something of a middle road between that extreme and lying to our faces with that Pollyanish bullsh*t.

      So, as much as Iggy is an unknown quantity, I'd still take him over a cynical, contemptuous dick who will say anything and do anything to hold power, and a party that has a crappy economic track record (particularly if you take note of the Harris conservative graduates in their ranks).

      These guys set the tone by being merciless SOBs. They get *zero* benefit of the doubt as a consequence.

      • Stephen harper continually shits in the nest and then his followers say "Prove Ignatieff would do any better".
        I'm sorry, but the nest is beginning to smell and distractions and diversions are not sweetening the air, are they?

        • Well put!

          I'd also add that it's not just a case of an Iggy-Harper comparison. When you look at their respective caucuses (insert immature giggle here) the LIberal benches are far deeper. McCallum, for example, would doubtlessly be a superior finance minister to Flaherty (which admittedly isn't saying all that much – my five year old kid could likely edge the leprechaun out too).

  3. Even if through unforseen circumstances the comments of the primeminister on the economy do not always reflect the results I would rather listen to what he says than the doom and gloom many people prefer. So what if he is wrong does the result make any difference to what actually happens except to give his enemies some stupid reasons to chant LIAR/LIAR.

    • Some people think the PM should be credible. If he's lying to you, why listen to him?

  4. Harper has an obligation to Canadians to tell us the truth, the whole truth, and not cloud it or spin it! Which one of you would want your financial advisor to tell you only part of the facts or spin the facts so there is always a rosey picture that might mislead you? We elect our governments and Harper as the elected representative of the people owes us the truth, both the good and the bad as well as the plan to recover from this deficit as we move forward. Without Harper telling Canadians the truth how will we be able to make an informed decision whether we stay with this government and follow the course they outline or whether we should elect a different government and try a different tact? Why does Harper continue to spin the facts or hide the truth or always represent the rosy view of things to Canadians? Is it perhaps that he has no idea what is actually happening or is it that he has no plans on how to manage what is happening? What are his reasons for withholding information or for misleading Canadians?

  5. Well put!

    I'd also add that it's not just a case of an Iggy-Harper comparison. When you look at their respective caucuses (insert immature giggle here) the LIberal benches are far deeper. McCallum, for example, would doubtlessly be a superior finance minister to Flaherty (which admittedly isn't saying all that much – my five year old kid could likely edge the leprechaun out too).

Sign in to comment.