Kelly McParland lists a few, um, “highlights” from the federal budget. (“$50 million over the next three years to strengthen slaughterhouse capacity across Canada.” Ladies and gentlemen, your Conservative government!)
The Liberals have decided to punt:
The federal government’s survival was guaranteed for as long as a year Wednesday by Liberal support for the budget, in exchange for three “accountability” reports to Parliament as measures to stimulate the economy are rolled out.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government promptly endorsed Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s sole condition for supporting the budget.
Mr. Ignatieff’s move provoked outrage from New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, who wanted the Liberals to defeat the government over the budget as early as next week. Mr. Layton accused Mr. Ignatieff of “propping up” Mr. Harper, and Mr. Duceppe declared the opposition coalition formed early last month “dead.” [This might be the only good news I’ve read all week – DP]
The Liberal amendment, set for a vote in the House of Commons on Monday, would require government reports to Parliament on the budget implementation and its impact on Canadians in late March and June and early December.
I presume the Liberals just aren’t ready for an election, because they could have run some pretty effective campaign ads comparing Conservative deficits to Chretien/Martin-era Liberal surpluses. What’s Danny going to do now? (Is an “ABL” campaign in the works?)