Tasha Kheiriddin is bitterly unhappy. She confesses over at ipolitics that she yearns for the good old days:
I never thought I’d say this, but I miss the Liberal party of the late 1990s. I miss Prime Minister Jean Chrétien telling APEC protestors to stick it in Vancouver. I miss Finance Minister Paul Martin balancing the books on the backs of the provinces, basically telling them to stick it too. I miss the House of Cards atmosphere that pervaded in party circles as Chrétien hung on to his leadership, frustrating Martin’s ambitions —which eventually folded over the sponsorship scandal.
For Kheiriddin, Justin Trudeau's Liberals are just beyond the pale:
Now we know why everyone wanted to take a selfie with Trudeau at the G7 and Davos. Gone is the dour penny-pincher Stephen Harper, who lectured his fellow leaders on the virtues of frugality. Instead, Trudeau lifts a page from the dog-eared Keynesian playbook. Spend your way to prosperity, friends. And buy goodwill while you’re doing it.
Chretien and Martin made tough choices, writes Kheiriddin. Trudeau is nothing but sunny ways, as the storm clouds continue to build:
Someday, that money will have to be paid back. Someday, Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio will start to rise. Someday, the federal government will have to cut services because it’s paying too much to cover its debts. For proof, Trudeau has only to look at Ontario, where the Liberal government has racked up the highest sub-national debt in the world and is chopping programs as a result.
True. But Ontario's economy is growing. Alberta's is not. And, yesterday, all of the premiers -- including Brad Wall -- agreed to put a price on carbon. We don't know how the agreement will finally be worked out. But at least it's a step forward. And Conservatives, like Kheiriddin, want to go backwards.
They're stuck in the past.