WATCH: Finance Minister Has Trouble Saying How Big The Debt Is

“I don’t blame her, it’s a painful number to pronounce,” says Pierre Poilievre in response.

During a recent exchange in the House of Commons, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland struggled mightily when asked about the debt by Conservative Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre.

Freeland first mixed up the debt and the deficit, and then struggled to read out the number.

In response, Pierre Poilievre joked that “the number is hard for anyone to say, in fairness.”

“The Finance Minister struggled to tell us how big the debt was.

I don’t blame her, it’s a painful number to pronounce.”

All jokes aside, it is certainly true that the rising debt is a big problem for our country.

That problem has been made worse by two facts:

  • First, interest rates have been low for a long-time, and when they rise, the cost of servicing the debt will increase dramatically.
  • Second, the policies being pushed by the Liberal government are anti-growth, and economic weakness will make it far less likely that we can ‘outgrow’ the debt.

So, it appears the Finance Minister is having as much trouble talking about the debt as the Liberals are having dealing with it.

Spencer Fernando

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