Statement on Budget 2022

Statement by MP Kelly Block on First NDP-Liberal Budget

April 8, 2022

Ottawa, ON – Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek, released the following statement on Budget 2022 tabled by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance.

Yesterday, the NDP-Liberal government introduced its first budget following the signing of the confidence and supply” agreement between the two parties.

Canadians are worse off today than they were six years ago.

What they needed was a break.

What they were looking for was a plan.

A plan to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, one that would bolster our economic prosperity and competitiveness, and provide them with the hope that they can be better off than they were when the Liberals came to power.

Instead, the NDP-Liberal government has doubled down on their uncontrolled spending and higher taxes.

Budget 2022 is exactly what we feared.

Inflation is at a 30 year high, yet this budget does nothing to address it. In fact, with a projected deficit of $52.8 billion for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, it will contribute to continued inflation. Canada’s federal debt is now $1.12 trillion dollars.

Over the past seven years, the Liberal government has hampered Saskatchewan’s growth by increasing regulations, increasing taxes, and scaring away investment.

Saskatchewanians and all Canadians needed a budget that would address record high inflation and a skyrocketing cost of living that has led to higher grocery and gas prices and a growing housing affordability crisis.

What we got instead was more of the same.

With this high tax, high spend budget, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to buy the NDP’s support so that he can continue to govern rather than earn the trust of the Canadian electorate. The price tag for this NDP support is billions more in federal debt. The impact of this added debt will be felt by current and future generations of Canadians even more as interest rates rise in the future.

The NDP-Liberal government has failed constituents in Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek.