The timing of the Federal Budget was ironic according to the MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
Cathy McLeod says the only public inquiry into the Jody Wilson Raybould-SNC Lavalin scandal was shut down Tuesday morning before the presenting of a budget in the afternoon with $41 billion dollars in new spending that will roll out over the next five years.
“So clearly a budget to distract Canadians from what’s happening in terms of their breach of the rule of law,” she says.
McLeod adds the budget is also fiscally irresponsible.
“I know municipalities when they’re doing their annual budget they try to keep their increases certainly in that one or two percent range, and they really don’t want to hit the three percent range,” she says.
“This is six percent more that the government wants to spend on programs. So six percent more in taxpayers dollars just to spend in terms of the programs and services.”
McLeod says the Liberal Government promised in 2015 to be back to a balanced budget in 2019 and is nowhere near that.
Also calling the 2019 federal budget a ‘cover-up ‘ is Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty.
Doherty says he and his Conservative colleagues will debate a motion Wednesday calling on Justin Trudeau to waive privilege and allow Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Federal Director Aaron Wudrick estimates the federal budget is on track to add $127 billion in new debt by 2024-a full $100 billion more than promised during the last election.