Let me get the disclaimer out-of-the-way first: I have a predisposition to dislike and not trust our provincial NDP government. Why? Because I’m old enough to remember the Pawley/Kostyra tax! tax! tax! spend! spend! spend! regime.
Now that this is out-of-the-way, I think that Cherenkov hits the nail square on the head in his blog post:
They haven’t been able to match spending to budget for the last 10 years. So when they are projecting a $550 Million deficit, they are lying.
Selinger – you’re a liar.
Wowchuk – you’re a lair.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deficit closer to $1 Billion. Yup, one billion.
Cherenkov also makes some good points about health care spending. A billion more than Saskatchewan? And he is right, NDP governments know of only two ways to address a problem: a) throw more money at it or b) get the unions involved, which invariably leads back to a)
I would suspect that if we do live in a province of idiots ( yes – if we re-elect them we are truly idiots!) and the NDP is still in power in 5 years, we won’t be dealing with a balanced budget again, we’ll be trying to figure out how to deal with the fact that the government has literally bankrupted the province.
And who suffers? My kids, your kids, my grandchildren, your grandchildren, my great-grand children, your great-grandchildren.
Because it will take decades to fix this mess.
The NDP – the party that hates your unborn descendants