Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Harpers broken promise on Equalization

Harpers signed response to Premier Williams list of issues affecting Newfoundland Labrador.

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Over three years ago, The Honourable Stephen Harper, then Leader of the Opposition, made a promise to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He promised: "We will remove non-renewable natural resource revenues from the equalization formula."
He also sent the people of Newfoundland and Labrador a pamphlet in the mail.
He said, "There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept." He said, "No small print. No excuses. No caps."
He said it as boldly as you see it here. That's what he said. That was his promise.
On the 19th of March 2007, in his second budget, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, broke that promise.
It was a promise that he made in the pamphlet. He stood on two election platforms and said it to our faces. He wrote it in letters over and over again. It was a simple, unequivocal promise.
And he broke it.

There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
Gaelic Proverb

Which leaves us with a simple, unequivocal question.
Where does that leave us? Not just us, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, but us - we - the people of Canada?
Because if we can't accept at face value the promise of our Prime Minister, then who can?
Can the people of the Atlantic Provinces? Or Saskatchewan? Or, yes, even the peoples of British Columbia and Alberta? Because all of you have had promises made to you of one sort or another and all of you should now be asking what those promises are worth.
A promise made should be a promise kept. And as Mr. Harper pointed out, there is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
And when our Prime Minister won't keep a promise as simple as the one that he made to us, it's not just the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that lose.
We all lose.

Economist Wade Locke's break down of the numbers.

Jim Flaherty and premier Williams argue over promise broken.

Budget: Restoring Fiscal Balance for a Stronger Federation
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