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2016-11-15 13:17 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Budget deficit, Government bills, Second reading

Déficit budgétaire, Deuxième lecture,

Mr. Speaker, I always find it a little ironic to hear the Conservatives talk about deficits.

If we look back to the turn of the 20th century, back to 1900, the Conservatives managed to balance one budget in the 20th century, which was in 1912, and they inherited it from the Liberals. The next year they were in deficit. In 1914, we went into the First World War already in a deficit position. The next time the Conservatives balanced a budget was in 2006, when they inherited it from the Liberals. However, if we go back to Confederation, there was only one Liberal prime minister who did not post at least one balanced budget, and that one had no budgets tabled at all as he was only there for four months.

Does the member have any comments on that?

Monsieur le Président, quand j’entends les conservateurs parler de déficit, je trouve toujours leurs propos un peu ironiques.

Si nous regardons en arrière jusqu’au début du XXe siècle, jusqu’en 1900, nous remarquons que les conservateurs n’ont réussi à équilibrer qu’un seul budget au cours du XXe siècle. C’était le budget de 1912, qu’ils avaient hérité des libéraux. L’année suivante, ils accusaient un déficit. En 1914, nous sommes entrés dans la Première Guerre mondiale dans une position de déficit budgétaire. Le budget suivant que les conservateurs ont réussi à équilibrer fut le budget de 2006, qu’ils avaient hérité des libéraux. À l'inverse, si nous remontons jusqu’à la Confédération, nous ne trouvons qu’un premier ministre libéral qui n’a pas équilibré au moins un budget, pour la simple et bonne raison qu’il n’avait pas eu l’occasion d’en déposer un puisqu’il n’est resté au pouvoir que pendant quatre mois.

Que pense mon collègue de tout cela?

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