Liberal talk of gigantic long-term deficits appears to have backfired, waking many Canadians up to the serious threat to our economy and national stability.
A new survey shows Canadians are far from embracing the apparent Liberal push towards massive deficits.
In fact, just the opposite, Canadians are growing more and more concerned about government spending levels.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted for Global News, 78% of Canadians say they want to see a plan to return to a balanced budget for them to consider voting for a political party.
Even among Liberal supporters, 71% say they want a plan to return to balanced budgets.
Interestingly, the poll also shows 57% of Canadians saying they are fine with Justin Trudeau having a ‘blank cheque’ to spend on dealing with the crisis.
Yet, 55% say the deficit is too big, up from 43% who said that months ago.
So how do we square all these seemingly contradictory results?
The truth seems to be that Canadians want the government to take decisive action to deal with the pandemic, but that their support for spending is a temporary response to the current crisis.
This is common-sense.
The crisis, and the economic collapse, necessitated a temporary surge in spending. But precisely because the spending surge was so large, and because the economy is slowly recovering, endless over-spending doesn’t make sense.
And note, how the Liberals faced a massive backlash when they tried to use the crisis to push a radical far-left ‘green agenda.’
They may still do so, but – at least rhetorically – they appear to be backtracking somewhat.
We’ll know more in the throne speech tomorrow.
This is a clear opening for the Conservatives.
If they can emphasize that they supported the temporary measures to respond to the crisis, while presenting a reasonable plan to get back to a balanced budget mostly through economic growth, then many Canadians will be open to rejecting the Liberals endless deficit plans.
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