Liberals broke contract with Canadians

The Oct. 19 federal election felt like one in a generation.

At times, the ideas and concepts of the Liberal Party took the imagination of even the Conservative candidate in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

The problem is that the Liberal government has failed to deliver on those ideas and concepts promised to Canadians.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau campaigned across Canada promoting a small $10-billion yearly deficit, which would fund a large $10-billion yearly increase to infrastructure. He claimed it was "necessary" to kick-start the economy and help the ailing Canadian infrastructure.

He declared this was a bold new plan for Canada's economy when coupled with maintaining the Harper government tax cuts for small businesses from 11% to 9%.

He promised to be in surplus and balance the books by the fourth yearly budget.

The government now says the proposed $10 billion Trudeau deficit is actually $30 billion.

The small deficit promised has become a large one, and the government estimates an additional $120 billion of new debt over the next four years.

Meanwhile, the non-partisan parliamentary budgetary officer believes that the finance minister is fudging the numbers, and it is actually closer to $20 billion.

Either way, it is between two or three times the size promised by Trudeau.

This deficit was promised to support declining infrastructure with $10 billion a year more than the Build Canada Plan had already allocated.

Less than $5 billion in new money has been allocated to infrastructure projects in this new budget. This means Canadians get two to three times the debt promised and half as many jobs created.

With Liberals delivering high debt and low investment, there must be another plan in place. However, it would appear there is not.

When peppered with questions on the economy, the industry minister says they have a plan in the House of Commons. He said it six times in one month, prior to the budget.

Instead, when the budget was released, it dictated that the government would create a plan over the next two years.

In sum, the prime minister has abandoned his main platform promises and his contract with Canadians to manage a small deficit, invest heavily in infrastructure, and support small businesses. On top of that, he won't offer a new plan for two years.

Meanwhile, the economy has shed 51,000 manufacturing jobs and output in manufacturing has dropped under their leadership.

At home, Barrie's unemployment rate has increased from 6.1% when the Liberals took office to 7.9% in April (Statistics Canada).

While not all of this can be dropped on their shoulders, much of it can.

The inability to have a plan to protect Canadian families against job loss is abdicating their responsibility to citizens of Canada.