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Bergen on budget: bankers blessed, families forgotten

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Conservative house leader and Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen is critical of the 2018 federal budget released by the liberal government earlier this week and suggests rural Manitoba has been ignored.

"It's a big, big spending budget. Bankers, bond holders and Bay Street big shots are jumping for joy,' says Bergen. "The interest alone on this massive debt that these Liberals are incurring is actually unbelievable. If you combine crown corporation debt and the government's debt, by 2019 it's going to be over a trillion dollars. If you're a banker, if you're a bond holder and you're collecting interest on this massive debt, I guess you're a winner."

Bergen says she is disappointed the liberals won't be returning to a balanced budget, and the projected $18 billion deficit will only burden future generations with debt. The Portage-Lisgar MP also stated she would have liked to see more relief for hard working, Canadian families while indicating that the liberal's taxable extended maternity/paternity benefits are far from sufficient.

"I would like to have seen some real tax breaks for families," says Bergen. "If you want to help families, you have to make sure they have more money in their pockets. For a lot of families, having a few extra hundred dollars a month can really make a difference."

The Conservative house leader stated that the people of Portage-Lisgar are unlikely to see any benefit from the liberal's 'reckless spending' budget but is committed to bringing forward solutions that put hardworking people before government. 

"We're not seeing infrastructure in rural Manitoba, we're not seeing agriculture being advanced, we're not seeing our aerospace industry in rural Manitoba being advanced," she adds. "So where is all this money going?"


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