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Statement by Pierre Poilievre on the 2024 Federal Budget

The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of Canada’s Common Sense Conservatives, released the following statement on Justin Trudeau’s disastrous budget:  

“After eight years of Justin Trudeau, the budget is still not balancing itself. Everything Justin Trudeau spends money on gets worse and more costly. Trudeau has spent, Canadians are broke, and the country is broken.  

“We have a doubling of housing costs. We have 8,000 people joining a Facebook group to study how they can get a meal out of a dumpster after food prices have gone up faster than at any time in a generation because of the carbon tax Trudeau is imposing on our food. A carbon tax that, with the help of the NDP, he plans to quadruple to 61 cents a litre.  

“And today, did he learn anything from these catastrophic failures? No. Instead, Trudeau doubles down on the same failures with $40 billion of new spending. That’s to say $2,400 for every family in new government debt and new inflationary spending. And now for the first time in a generation, we’re spending more on debt interest than on healthcare. 

“That’s money for bankers and bondholders rather than doctors and nurses. And now, Justin Trudeau’s Finance Minister says that what Canadians really need is a stronger government. Well, they created a stronger government, in order to make for weaker and more miserable people. This is not a government that gives people everything they want. It’s a government that takes everything they have.  

“Common Sense Conservatives want big Canadian citizens with a smaller and more efficient government. A state that is the servant and not the master. Where our priorities are to axe the tax, build the homes, fix the budget and stop the crime.  

“As soon as the NDP takes away its support from Justin Trudeau, Canada will have a carbon tax election where the people will be able to make decisions for themselves. A Canada where people can earn powerful paycheques that can buy affordable food, gas, and homes in safe neighbourhoods. A Canada that is based on the common sense of the common people.” 

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