Budget 2018 Continues Liberal Government Trend of High Spending and End Results that Work Against Middle-Income Earners

February 27, 2018, Ottawa – The Liberal Government today tabled Budget 2018. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s economic policies continue to fail Canadians and that raises concerns for Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. “I don’t see how a government can continue to spend tons of money it doesn’t have with no intention of paying any of it back. Where does the Trudeau Government think the money is coming from?”

The Fraser Institute points out that the average Canadian family now spends more of its income on taxes than it does on basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing combined. “When families are paying more at the end of the day, it demonstrates that the Liberal Government’s claims to help the middle-class are broken promises. While middle-income earners are paying close to $1,000 more in tax per year, the elite are paying over one billion dollars less in tax. That’s a direct financial hit to the middle-income people.”

Small businesses, especially in Ontario, are already struggling. The Liberal Government had previously broken its promise to lower the small business tax rate and planned to bring in additional tax changes that would add to their burden. “It was small and medium businesses and our Conservative Party standing up against the negative changes that made the Liberal Government rethink their plans. This budget stated that the tax rate will be lowered to 9%. Now, we wait and see if they follow through with what they have once again promised.”

“I’m disappointed this budget didn’t talk about agriculture, manufacturing or trade – areas that are vital to the economic growth and stability of our rural regions and communities in Southwestern Ontario. Because the Liberal Government has no plan to control spending, the result is a huge financial burden passed on to our kids and grandchildren.”

MP Bev Shipley agrees with Conservative Leader Andrew Sheer’s focus on bringing forward solutions that put hardworking people before government. “I will continue to advocate for the constituents of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, speak out against policies that burden our rural communities, businesses and families, and support initiatives that will better the everyday lives of those in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and all Canadians.”


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