Fiscal update will be delivered outside Parliament.
The Conservatives have been demanding a Fiscal Update from the Liberals, amid worsening economic data and horrendous job numbers.
And a fiscal update will be delivered, however, in a break with tradition it will be delivered outside of Parliament.
Usually, the fiscal update is delivered in Parliament which provides an opportunity for the Opposition to directly respond to the document and question the Finance Minister.
By delivering it outside Parliament, Bill Morneau will be able to avoid those questions.
On Twitter, Conservative Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre slammed the move as gutless:
“How gutless. Morneau will give a Fall Economic Update outside of Parliament, so he won’t face questions about rising bankruptcies, unemployment and insolvencies. Trudeau’s tax hikes, red tape and socialism created this hardship. Now he’s trying to hide from it. We won’t let him”
How gutless. Morneau will give a Fall Economic Update outside of Parliament, so he won't face questions about rising bankruptcies, unemployment and insolvencies. Trudeau's tax hikes, red tape and socialism created this hardship. Now he's trying to hide from it. We won't let him
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) December 14, 2019
The Liberals will spin the move as avoiding the political circus, but it’s really about avoiding questions. And after an election in which they won fewer votes than the Official Opposition, the Liberals should be showing some humility. But don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
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