VANCOUVER, B.C. — It appears that it could be just about ‘put up or shut up time’ for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Elected last fall after bushels of expensive promises, he’s now playing dodge ball with questions about how big a deficit he’s prepared to run to keep those promises — while also boosting an economy many fear is headed toward another recession.
To date, he has only said that he has instructed the Finance Minister to put together a strong budget that will be focused on growth, while remaining fiscally responsible, and reflecting the needs of Canadians.
In terms of definition, that ranks a close second to Abbott and Costello’s ‘Who’s On First’ comedy routine, and it offers nothing in terms of assurances to groups like the BC Care Providers Association.
It is advocating for more healthcare for seniors, and CEO Daniel Fontaine is hoping the countries Health Ministers will do much better explanatory job this week than the Prime Minister, and take steps toward the implementation of a national dementia strategy at their meeting in Vancouver.
Meantime, Mr. Fontaine echoed the same unfair to B.C. sentiments as Premier Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake expressed last week regarding the federal health care funding formula.
The meeting is set to get underway tomorrow and Mr. Lake is suggesting it will be an opportunity to discuss health issues in a broader way than was possible with the Harper government.
While the aforementioned Grit health care promises would cost billions, the Trudeau Liberals have spun that, with another word borrowed from the Obama Democrats, and are referring to the spending of taxpayer dollars, as an ‘investment.’