Mood swings


Jim Flaherty, November 25. “There the member for Kings-Hants goes again talking down the Canadian economy.”

Jim Flaherty, March 23. “All we hear from the opposition is criticism and talking down the Canadian economy.”

Jim Flaherty, August 7. “It’s going to be a difficult year. I’ve been saying that, I try to calm the euphoria about ‘we’re out of a recession’ … We are stabilized, and there are some good signs, but it’s still a recession, and we still have to work our way out of it.”


Mood swings

  1. I'm confused. Is the third Flaherty quote supposed to be an example of him "talking down the Canadian economy"?

    • Whenever Dion or any Liberal mentioned the need to prepare for a coming recession (granted, it was only predicted at the time, though by seemingly everyone by Harper and Co.) the Conservative retort was to charge them with "talking down the economy".

      So, by Conservative logic, any attempt to suggest that we are not out of the woods, or that difficult times lie ahead, fairly counts as "talking down the economy".

      • Of course, professional economists would probably point out that if we were going to emerge from this recession, we would have already done so by now.

  2. As with C above I too am confused I am assuming that a point is attemtping to be made by being sort of clever… at least I think so .. then again …

  3. Example #1

    Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.):
    Mr. Speaker, today the OECD forecasts that 300,000 more Canadians will lose their jobs, but it seems that the only jobs the Conservatives are willing to protect is in luxury air travel for their ministers.
    Where is the support for hard-working and retired Canadians? Why are they making Canadians wait for a real plan? Is it because those incompetent Conservatives have already spent the cupboard bare during the good times that they are incapable today of helping Canadians during the tough times?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, there the member for Kings—Hants goes again, talking down the Canadian economy.
    In the OECD report today, what did it say about the future of Canada? It said that Canada would be the country leading the recovery with the strongest growth among G7 countries in 2010.
    Why did the member for Kings—Hants not point that out, so Canadians could have confidence and faith in their economy, instead of talking it down?
    About travel expenses, I am sure he read about that as he flew business class back to his riding last Friday.

    • How dare he talk down the economy by suggesting the Government do something about it!

    • Because Flaherty's gratuitous swipe at the end shouldn't go unanswered….

      Hon. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, Lib.):
      Mr. Speaker, during question period the Minister of Finance referred to my flight to my riding last Friday. As he said that I was in business class, I would like to table my economy class plane ticket to Halifax last Friday, and perhaps the minister could table his last economy class ticket as well.

  4. Example #2

    Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.):
    Mr. Speaker, everyone in the Liberal Party knows it would be idiotic to raise taxes in the middle of a recession.
    In the budget, the government promised to create or save 190,000 jobs over two years, but Canada's economy has lost over 200,000 jobs in January and February of this year. The government's goal is not nearly enough.
    Why did the government not even mention that goal in its quarterly report? Has it abandoned Canada's unemployed workers?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, as members know, the difference between the Liberal opposition and the government is that we have an economic action plan. All we hear from the opposition is criticism and talking down the Canadian economy. That is not what Canada needs now.
    We need to pull together as Canadians to comfort those and help those hardest hit by the recession, and to build for the future. That is exactly what our economic action plan does. We are implementing it. We are building Canada's future.

  5. Fair point. I'm just providing a wee bit of context for the benefit of all.

  6. Oh no, I appreciate your efforts good sir.

  7. I see the pattern now. Talking down the Canadian economy is code for mentioning the state of the economy in tandem with the latest job loss figures. Flaherty only mentioned the state of the economy, therefore couldn't possibly be 'talking it down'.

  8. Deficit Jim is the most confused and confusing member of the Harper Cabinet. One thing is certain is that if by some miracle Jim is still the Finance Minister when the recession really is over he will be happy to take credit for all the steps that got us there, even if his initial steps in November 2008 was to give Canadians a Pollyanna fiscal update that denied it was happening in the first place.