Check out this CBC editorial (H/T newswatchcanada.ca). The title states: “Canadian economy expands at 3.1% in 2nd quarter” while the sub-title says: “Economy ‘firing on more cylinders … after StatsCan reports biggest quarterly GDP gain since 2011.”
But, that is not where the CBC good news ends. The editorial actually quotes Finance Minister Joe Oliver as saying: “The news is evidence the government’s plan for the economy is working, and that our ‘unrelenting focus on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity is paying off for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”
Well, how about that? Something positive about the Conservatives on the CBC website. Yet, the column has to be seen as an editorial because no one at CP had the guts to put their name to it. Surely, CBC News would normally have their own journalists write their editorials?
Anyway, regardless of who wrote the piece, I found it to be a breath of fresh air, particularly given how the Premiers were complaining in recent days that they don’t get enough money from the federal government.
Of course, the Premiers are not the only whiners. As Paul Wells writes in relation to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s claims this week that over the period of the next decade, the Conservatives plan to slash transfers: “We could have fun complaining that Mulcair calls something a “cut” when it extends what is already the longest period of growth in federal transfer payments in Mulcair’s lifetime.”
Have fun? Pardon me? Mr. Mulcair should remember that there is only one taxpayer and that when transfers are reduced because the economy is doing well, those adjustments are actually good news.
The crux of the matter is that, while the Conservatives are certainly not perfect (as no political enterprise is), Canadians are currently in good hands.