Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today issued the following statement in response to the Trudeau government’s Economic and Fiscal ‘Snapshot’:

“Today’s ‘snapshot’ makes it clear that Justin Trudeau has no plan to help Canadians get back to work or to restart our economy.

“Under Justin Trudeau’s watch, Canada is falling behind.  We have the highest unemployment rate in the G7.  We are the only G7 country to have lost its AAA credit rating.  And we are the only G7 country without a recovery plan.

“Over the past five years, the Trudeau Liberals have completely abandoned their fiscal anchors.  The debt-to-GDP ratio is rising, the deficit has exploded to $343.2 billion, and they have completely lost control over the federal debt which for the first time will reach over $1 trillion this year.

“Today was an opportunity to reverse course and put Canadians first.  Instead, Justin Trudeau once again put Liberals first. 

“The Auditor General’s Office doesn’t have enough funding to review all of the government’s pandemic spending.  She needs at least $10 million.  Canadians deserve to know how the government is spending their tax dollars.  But once again Justin Trudeau is letting them down.  While refusing the Auditor General’s request, Trudeau found $15 million to increase Chrystia Freeland’s office budget.  That is unacceptable and an insult to Canadians.

“Since the pandemic began, Conservatives have been putting forward constructive solutions to help Canadians.  Our goal has been, and continues to be, to help get workers and local businesses back on their feet as quickly as possible.  We know that our economic recovery will be driven by Canadians’ hard work, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

“In order to be competitive, we need to unleash the power of the private sector.  Help Canadians get back to work. Support small businesses.  Lower taxes, cut red tape and make Canada an attractive place to do business once again.

“Conservatives will continue to fight to get the Canadians the help they need, and we will continue to call on the Trudeau government to put forward a transparent plan to guide Canada’s recovery.  Canadians deserve no less.”