Freeland is already campaigning for the leadership

Last Thursday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, presented a rather restrained budget.

Contrary to the last budgets, the expenditures for the next five years are much lower than in the past.

Is this a sign that the Liberals have finally realized that controlling spending still matters in 2022? We hope so.

However, we must also see, in the last budget, the first steps of Mme Freeland as a candidate for the leadership of the PLC.

Really sober?

At first glance, this budget is more responsible than the others. But, there are clearly omissions.

For example, military spending is not high enough to meet the target of 2% of gross domestic product requested by NATO. The Liberals are going to increase them by $8 billion for the next five years, but that amount should have been doubled each year to meet our international commitments.

Nothing for health transfers either, the provinces are asking for billions. Same thing for the drug insurance requested by Jagmeet Singh. No amount entered in the budget.

The chiefdom

Mme Freeland has ended recess for now because she doesn’t want Justin Trudeau’s spendthrift legacy to be a drag when she runs for office. Because many Liberals miss the budgetary rigor of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.

Taking care of finances is not a value exclusive to Conservatives.

Moreover, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, could also be in the next leadership race. Thus, Freeland has an even greater interest in showing that public finances are important to her.

Currently, the Conservatives are considering who their next leader will be; we have to believe that reflection has also begun among the liberals.

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