What changed in the last 17 days? (II)

by Aaron Wherry

In Chapter 5 of last month’s budget, the Harper government outlined its “comprehensive one-year Strategic and Operating Review.” It is to be completed in time for next year’s budget, but the government projected its findings as so.

In total, Budget 2011 savings measures amount to $6.2 billion in savings over five years.Combined with the targeted savings from the Strategic and Operating Review, total savings could be as much as $17.2 billion over five years.

Apparently between that budget being tabled and today’s platform being written, could became will. As the Conservative platform now puts it: “Through accelerated reductions in government spending, a reelected Stephen Harper Government will eliminate the deficit by 2014-15…”

Budget 2011 promises $6.2-billion in cuts. The Conservative platform now promises another $11-billion in cuts. The goal is apparently to achieve annual savings of 5% from an envelope of $80-billion in “direct program spending.”




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What changed in the last 17 days? (II)

  1. Oh, I dunno, Harper got religion — Raëlism?

    • Possibly — but it would be Reform vs. Orthodox Raëlism.

  2. Oh, I dunno, Harper got religion — Raëlism?

  3. "As best I can tell, budget was going to eliminate defict with magic. The CPC platform will spend more & eliminate it faster using more magic."

    –Stephen Gordon on Twitter

    • Steve Harper: Our Magical, Mystical PM!

  4. "As best I can tell, budget was going to eliminate defict with magic. The CPC platform will spend more & eliminate it faster using more magic."

    –Stephen Gordon on Twitter

  5. Steve Harper: Our Magical, Mystical PM!

  6. Way to go Mr. Harper. Get those books balanced out and then we can spend,

  7. Way to go Mr. Harper. Get those books balanced out and then we can spend,

  8. Things keep changing, Harper has just announced a new trade initiative that will lead to a significant influx of very inexpensive goods from south Asia via BC. Apparently the timing has been chosen to coincide with the end of deficit.

    • And those producs will put Canadian workers out of business…..sounds like a sound Harper strategy, eh!

  9. Things keep changing, Harper has just announced a new trade initiative that will lead to a significant influx of very inexpensive goods from south Asia via BC. Apparently the timing has been chosen to coincide with the end of deficit.

  10. Apparently it is the day when two major parties make policy up as they go along. Two weeks ago, budget wasn't going to be balanced, now it is, but does anyone really believe any of this anymore? Just pulling numbers out of the arses.

    And what about both parties agreeing to increase funding of health care for god knows how long this morning. Neither party mentioned this before today, and haven't both parties agreed to not raise taxes.

    • Agreed. It was an irresponsible policy.

  11. Apparently it is the day when two major parties make policy up as they go along. Two weeks ago, budget wasn't going to be balanced, now it is, but does anyone really believe any of this anymore? Just pulling numbers out of the arses.

    And what about both parties agreeing to increase funding of health care for god knows how long this morning. Neither party mentioned this before today, and haven't both parties agreed to not raise taxes.

  12. I think what's going on here is that the original budget was eliminating the deficit with Harry Potter magic from "The Philosopher's Stone" whereas the CPC platform is eliminating the deficit with "DEATHLY HALLOWS" level magic.

    Basically, they sent the budget to Hogwarts and it came back more powerful.

  13. I think what's going on here is that the original budget was eliminating the deficit with Harry Potter magic from "The Philosopher's Stone" whereas the CPC platform is eliminating the deficit with "DEATHLY HALLOWS" level magic.

    Basically, they sent the budget to Hogwarts and it came back more powerful.

  14. Agreed. It was an irresponsible policy.

  15. Possibly — but it would be Reform vs. Orthodox Raëlism.

  16. When Harper goes to one of those meetings of world leaders and insults their intelligence, nobody calls him on it, probably because they think he's a nobody anyway. So he thinks to himself, boy if these world leaders are buying this b*s*, then the sheeple back home will too.

  17. When Harper goes to one of those meetings of world leaders and insults their intelligence, nobody calls him on it, probably because they think he's a nobody anyway. So he thinks to himself, boy if these world leaders are buying this b*s*, then the sheeple back home will too.

  18. What's changed? Well growth projections for Canada's economy have taken off (over 5% GDP this last quarter according to TD which results in more income tax revenues and less unemployment/welfare expenses) and of course the Conservatives are proposing that they can do this with a majority as they won't have to spend billions pandering to the Bloc/NDP/Liberals to get measures passed. Anyone really think they can't do this given a majority needs to give their head a shake.

  19. What's changed? Well growth projections for Canada's economy have taken off (over 5% GDP this last quarter according to TD which results in more income tax revenues and less unemployment/welfare expenses) and of course the Conservatives are proposing that they can do this with a majority as they won't have to spend billions pandering to the Bloc/NDP/Liberals to get measures passed. Anyone really think they can't do this given a majority needs to give their head a shake.

    • and you think that a harper government isgoing to follow through on its cost reduction targets? I sincerely doubt it, given their track record of passing out money left right and center… before there was ever a need for stimulus spending.

      • You meant to say Harper is handing out money right, right and right! Right?

  20. And those producs will put Canadian workers out of business…..sounds like a sound Harper strategy, eh!

  21. and you think that a harper government isgoing to follow through on its cost reduction targets? I sincerely doubt it, given their track record of passing out money left right and center… before there was ever a need for stimulus spending.

  22. They all suck. If Harper gets a majority it' would only be because Ignatiff is not liked or trusted and nothing to do with the PC party. If the Liberals would wake to this fact before the play their part in this election they may of had a chance.

  23. They all suck. If Harper gets a majority it' would only be because Ignatiff is not liked or trusted and nothing to do with the PC party. If the Liberals would wake to this fact before the play their part in this election they may of had a chance.

  24. You meant to say Harper is handing out money right, right and right! Right?

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