The Liberal’s 2023 budget will hurt families and cost working Canadians more, continuing a dangerous pattern of deficits, tax increases and catering to the extreme inflationary demands of the NDP to keep the coalition in place.

Tuesday’s budget will leave working Barrie-Innisfil families who are already struggling to put food on the table and pay their bills behind with no plan to alleviate the worsening housing crisis or to make life more affordable for families, young Canadians, seniors and businesses.

“It’s not surprising, but it is extremely concerning that Justin Trudeau continues to ignore not only the needs of Canadians, but also repeated warnings from economists that increasing deficits are risky and will drive inflation even higher,” said Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard, responding to the budget tabled by the Liberals.

“At a time when so many people in Barrie-Innisfil and all across the country are suffering with spiking prices for food and an out-of-control housing market, the NDP-Liberal government has announced additional billions in new spending that will fuel inflation and hurt beleaguered Canadian families and seniors,” said MP Brassard.

Conservatives set three goals for the 2023 budget: lower prices, powerful paycheques with lower taxes and new affordable houses. None of the conditions were met and, instead, the NDP-Liberal budget is a $43 billion bonanza of increased debt, taxes & inflation.

“After eight years of Justin Trudeau, millions of Canadians are relying on food banks to feed their children and the NDP-Liberal coalition remains solely concerned with their own political gain,” Brassard said.

According to a recent Ipsos-Reid poll, two out of five Canadians – 43 per cent – were looking for the Liberal government to ease the pain of surging prices and say inflation relief was their main budget topic, the Ipsos poll showed.

Also, almost half of Canadians aged 35-54 years said inflation relief was their top priority.

And yet, Justin Trudeau is planning to spend more.

Conservatives are listening to Canadians and have introduced several motions over the past year to reduce the cost of living, including scrapping tax increases and the punishing carbon tax that make life more unaffordable. However, every motion was rejected by the NDP-Liberal coalition.

“We know that they are not interested in making life more affordable for average working Canadians and today we have another big-spending budget that is proof that they will punish Canadians financially at a time when they can least afford it because they only care about one thing – holding onto power aided and abetted by the NDP partners,” Brassard said.