Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review of Le Morte d' Harper* Act III Scene I

In my garrulous and sesquipedalian way I predicted the following:

This then is my third act prediction:

  • As an attempt to box Ignatieff in, the budget will contain:
  1. Half hearted stimulus tied to the odious P3 abominations as a way to guarantee the minimum possible work gets done,
  2. Unacceptably large tax cuts to provoke Ignatieff,
  3. Elimination of the political party subsidy to frame the debate should an election ensue.
  • Harper's fatal flaw will prevent him from changing EI to help the unemployed it is on this issue that Harper will fall.
I am probably wrong but that is my call.
So I don't think I was that far off.

No P3s but the stimulus is tied to a co-funding formula that will likely limit the stimulus created. Neo-Con checklist: Check

Tax cuts of up to $20B over 3 years.
Crossing Iggy's line in the sand: Check.

Poison Pill from the Fiscal Update: I picked the wrong one. This is a bit puzzling since it is harder to campaign on than the party funding one.

No changes to EI
Neo-Con checklist: Check.

He is daring the Liberals to take him down again. Give him what he wants. Scene II is in for a quick re-write. Full dress rehersal is on tomorrow.

*I know Le Morte d'Arthur isn't a Greek tragedy but it doesn't cost you anything to read this so no harm done..

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1 comment:

Beijing York said...

For many municipalities, the P3 approach will probably be the only way they access the $$$ needed to take advantage of the infrastructure investments.

As for poison pills, the pay equity issue was never taken off the table, nor were plans for program review/cuts or privatization of government assets. None of these items were explicitly renounced in this budget.

Plus there were campaign gifts and pork barreling, if you look at specific allocations. For example, a school started by Research in Motion (on the Harper advisory panel) and U of Waterloo is the only educational organization to receive a specific lump sum of $50 million for innovation investment. Makes you wonder what the Irvings and Desmarais (among other corporate entities on that panel) received with this budget.