Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Canada
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
I write to you today in efforts to voice some stark opinions and to express some grave concerns. For simplicity’s sake you could call this letter ‘suggestions of a disappointed middle class Canadian Albertan Citizen’. A Citizen, I might add, who voted for neither the Liberal party, nor the NDP, the accidental tourists who are most certainly on their way out of power in Alberta in less than two year’s time. I wish to tell you how alarming many of your government’s decisions have been to date, and to voice several serious apprehensions regarding the direction and agendas of your party.
Practically since its inception on November 4th, 2015, the Liberal path has begun to appear increasingly ill considered and progressively less rational. The Liberal leadership seems ever more unsound; it resembles less a benevolent flagship than a gluttonous kleptocracy. Basically, I feel that many of the resolutions and decisions your government has made to date are, in fact, contrary to the will of most Canadians and are sending our fair country down a precarious, perhaps unsalvageable path. I feel that if unchecked, the direction your government is taking Canada will ultimately spell its ruin.
To get straight to the point, Mr. Prime Minister, I want to address your government’s profuse spending; a pattern of behaviour that may ultimately amount to the enslavement of future generations beneath a staggering financial weight. They will face a burden that they will likely be unable to repay, be it within their own lifetimes or even the lifetimes of their children (presuming they can afford children, that is.) The Liberal balance sheet, since your government’s election, has been beyond shocking. It’s a farce bordering on a criminal act, it is a transgression against Canada.
I refer, of course, to the Liberal deficits, both past and projected. Your party won the 2015 election due in part to a platform that vowed to boost economic growth by running ‘short-term deficits of no more than $10 billion per year’ in the years to come before returning the federal books to surplus in time for the 2019 election . Personally, I felt that your original projected platform deficits were unacceptable at the time. It is my opinion that running in the red should never be an option. Many, however, felt the proposal to be ‘modest’ and ‘reasonable obviously.
Oh how far afield those election promises are proving to be. Your government’s deficit-financed activities are proving your original platform to be a terrible lie. “The deficit has almost tripled from the modest $10 billion promised in the election platform. The Finance Department projects deficits continuing past mid-century, with debt ballooning to $1.5 trillion by 2045. Meanwhile, growth remains modest, in spite of the stimulus spending.”  Both federal deficits and national debt are skyrocketing under your administration, and show no signs of decelerating. This is unsurprising based on foolish Liberal statements like “the budget will balance itself” and that our economy grows “from the heart out.” 
But then, overspending has been this government’s modus operandi since it first ascended to power hasn’t it? Your finance Minister, Bill Morneau, has revised your administration’s original plans, arguing that economic growth forecasts are ‘weaker than predicted’ since the election campaign. Has anyone bothered to ask the obvious question: why forecasts are weakening since the Liberal election?
Mr. Morneau’s Nov. 1, 2016 fiscal update projected a deficit of $25.1-billion in the current fiscal year, followed by a $27.8-billion deficit in 2017-18 (recently inflated again to 28.5 billion ) and a $25.9-billion deficit in 2018-19. The update said the federal debt as a percentage of GDP would decline from 31.8 per cent this year to 30.4 per cent in 2021-22. 
Suddenly talk of eliminating deficits in the following years has become non-existent. There is no clear plan to return the books to balance anytime soon, in fact, it is now said, annual deficits won’t disappear until the 2050s. Morneau is predicting decades of deficits ahead for Canada. Mr. Prime Minister this is an unacceptable course of action, as the ‘stimulus’ spending your government is investing clearly is having very little effect. Need I remind you that balancing a budget is not ‘austerity’? Balancing the budget requires restraint and sacrifice; it requires ingenuity and foresight and is entirely necessary if Canada is to survive the globally turbulent years to come.
We need only look to the first quarter of 2016-2017 for an example of this unconstrained spending. Your Government’s expenditures totaled $62.9 billion over the first three-month period, much higher than the previous year’s Conservative spending during the same time-frame. This owed in part to a %19 boost in ‘infrastructure spending’, much of which was handed to the First Nations People, and much of which went to other elusive, undefined projects. It now seems apparent that the money was not actually going to infrastructure at all, which is why it appears that little has actually changed since the Liberal shift of power. $21.1 billion of the total was “direct program spending,” which includes things like contributions, grants and basic operating costs of your own government. 
We could also look to the Syrian refugee resettlement program, which will plague Canadian taxpayers and charitable organizations for generations to come. While campaigning, your government pledged to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the 2015/2016 fiscal year. Original campaign platform projections stated that the refugee intake would cost $100 million total.  However, as with so many Liberal promises, the initiative did not even come close to the targeted budget. Rather, the Liberal government proceeded to spend $384.7 million on the program, nearly four times as much as stated (as of Nov. 25, 2016.) The further maintenance of these refugees is projected to eventually cost $1.2 billion over six years, requiring approximately $1.1 billion in new money will by 2021.  How is this an acceptable expenditure? How does your government justify such frivolous waste in the name of so-called global kindness?
And speaking of non-Canadian spending, let’s not forget your government’s pledge on March 2nd, 2017. It seems that Canada is now committed to squander up to $20 million to fund “sexual health and family planning initiatives” as part an international knee jerk reaction to “fill a gap created by President Donald Trump’s decision to ban U.S. funding for abortion-related projects.” Canada, thanks to ongoing Liberal anti-Trump posturing, will be giving money to five international agencies in the coming 12 months, “including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in efforts to help provide contraceptives, family planning and comprehensive sexuality education, and access to post-abortion care.”  Throwing contraceptives at the third world to demonstrate contempt for Donald Trump hardly seems an endeavour worthy of millions of Canadian dollars.
And invariably, to try and recover the squandered money, your Liberal government is looking to soak Canadian citizens, idly talking of plans to impose a “pan-Canadian carbon framework” – a carbon tax – on any province that refuses to do so itself. Alberta, with the convenient assistance of the NDP, kindly stepped up and implemented the tax without question. Consequently, the Alberta economy is witnessing a wholesale plummet. With “potential costs of up to $2,569 per year for the average Canadian family predicted by 2022, the carbon tax will also increase the price of food and clothing, and will mean lost jobs and struggling or bankrupt businesses.”  Mr. Prime Minister, the Carbon Tax is pure folly and must be discarded. In order to compete with America commanded by the Trump administration we must dispense with naive, unfounded taxation of the Canadian populace. No country has ever taxed itself into prosperity, and Canada will be no exception.
I wish to remind you again that unchecked spending, exorbitant deficits and burgeoning Canadian debt are entirely unacceptable… for any government. Why is it that politicians today seem to believe that spending large sums of money will generate growth, that if no growth occurs, they must not have spent enough money? This course of action led to the financial ruination of Greece, the first credit downgrade in US history, and today’s European debt crisis. It will lead to the further devaluation of the Canadian dollar, and an eventual slide of Canadian quality of life.
I furthermore wish to remind you that the role of the Federal Government is not arbitrary intervention or regulation (by way of influencing the markets). Throwing money blindly at ‘infrastructure’ and fabricating feel good social welfare diversions like the Syrian refugees initiative achieves nothing but unsustainable deficits and eventual unsurmountable Canadian debt. How far afield your party has drifted from the ‘classical liberal’ model towards one of ‘social liberalism’.  Your government is clearly attempting to manipulate social behaviour and create reliance on the welfare state through coercive power and the enlargement of its government institutions. Perhaps Ayn Rand said it best when she wrote: “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission…”. 
Mr. Prime Minister, has your party forgotten that the primary role of the government is to protect individual rights, to promote voluntary exchanges, and to allow people to create their own wealth? Standing clear of laissez-faire Capitalism, embracing the tenets of sense and reason and implementing fiscal austerity are your only hope for competing with a Trump controlled America. Your government can assist best in the months and years to come by stepping away from the path of statism, by thinning its own numbers, and by stopping the gravy train of expenditures.