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MP Shields weighs in on new federal budget

Posted on April 13, 2022 by Taber Times

By Ian Croft
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
news@tabertimes.com

In the wake of the newly announced allegiance between the New Democratic Party and Liberal Party, the first vote of confidence came and went without a hitch — that being the new government spending budget. Martin Shields, MP for Bow River, explained the new budget brings a hefty deficit.

“There is going to be $50 billion in new spending and that’s going to be a deficit over $50 billion. Well, that’s just a little tough,” Shields said, before elaborating on what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said about the budget’s deficit during the election debates only to get surprised with a larger number. “I remember when Trudeau was running for leadership and in the election debates of running a $7 billion deficit, I mean we were cringing at that, and now it’s a $50 billion deficit and $50 plus the new spending. So that’s problematic right off the top for me.”

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