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The Throne Speech delivered on December 4 to The Parliamentary Budget Officer said that our
Parliament by Governor General David Johnston on Jim Eglinski Government left the Liberals with a surplus. What the
Community behalf of the Liberal government, in my view, raised MP Yellowhead Liberals have done is put us back into debt by
ratcheting up spending for the rest of this year.
many questions about the eventual cost to Canadian
With all the spending commitments and massive
in Action taxpayers. How are the Liberals going to pay for all of deficits and debt they are planning to rack up, how big
the commitments they put forward in their Throne
by Isabella Sellar Voll Speech? The document contained no details. It was mention of the private sector. Albertans are suffering! will yearly deficits go to keep up with the Liberals'
merely a rehash of all the Liberal promises made No mention was given about jobs. No economic focus spending? And, by how much will they be raising
during the election campaign. was given. taxes to pay for all their new spending? Albertans are
The family farm is the foundation of the Canada we Yes, the Throne Speech was short on detail but it was suffering! We don't need higher taxes. We need jobs.
love. Products have evolved and technology has long on spending commitments. Some of the larger
advanced, but one thing remains constant: Canadian commitments included a new health accord,
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