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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Budget that Never Was

Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 23, 2011

Typically I do a little coverage on the federal budget pointing out either the main things that will affect your bottom line or some of the little covered items.  This year I’m taking a different stance since all three opposition parties have indicated that they are not supporting the budget.  Thus this budget will never go into law as it current stands and we are just a debate and vote away from an election. Yet at the same time there is this interesting idea that this budget could also be the Conservative election platform.   So what is a poor blogger to do?

Well that is going to be easy.  Keep my nose out of it.  I don’t have a clue what the other parties will be offering in an election platform, so there isn’t much point worrying about comparing something to nothing for now.  Instead I will point out an important piece of advice…if you don’t like how things are going, go vote.  If you don’t understand something, find out and then go vote.  If you don’t like any of the options, pick your least offensive and go vote.  Why?

Because in a democracy a vote is basically your only weapon of choice.  It’s a one chance every four years once in awhile to voice what matters most to you.  Do you favour tax cuts to corporations or social programs or debt reduction?  Have your say and remember to vote.  Now I will put my little soap box back in the corner of the room.

Comments

5 Responses to “The Budget that Never Was”
  1. Perfect Dad says:

    Debt reduction for sure. Minimal social programs, strong economy, low debt, smaller/efficient government and strong health, education and criminal systems.

  2. Dave says:

    I agree with Perfect Dad – I would much rather see our country’s debt going down with minimal social spending. I have contacted several of my local representatives after our city’s budget came out causing a tax hike.

    Their reasoning was they needed more money to cover capital spending on things such as a skating rink in front of city hall, a new community center and other miscellaneous projects. I don’t understand how governments think it’s okay to just increase taxes or run deficits rather than running a balanced budget.

  3. Robert says:

    Every vote allows the politicians to pick our pockets for another $1.75 (?) to fund their party, so there’s a chance I’ll sit this election out. Options other than voting include: join the public conversation by blogging or writing a letter to the editor, write to or phone your MP, volunteer for a campaign, or just talk to your friends and neighbours about your issues.

  4. Shaun S says:

    Don’t vote, it only encourages them.

  5. I have to briefly comment. If you are unhappy with all options, the best way to communicate your discontent is to spoil your ballot. A non-vote only communicates apathy, whereas the spoiled ballot tells all the parties that you cared enough about democratic responsibilities, you just disliked all of your options. This is ultimately what you want.

    I definitely agree with Perfect Dad. I am a huge sports fan, but professional, money-making sports teams should not play in buildings built by tax payers. They are businesses first and foremost, and should be contributing to the infrastructure tax base, not taking from it!

    I actually wrote a post specifically on how students have to get out there and vote, otherwise they have no one but themselves to blame when seniors issues get addressed, but their’s don’t.

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