No matter how you add it up, Harper's fiscal record is a catastrophe - 2015-04-19

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F0.png No matter how you add it up, Harper's fiscal record is a catastrophe April 19, 2015, Scott Clark, iPolitics

On April 8, Finance Minister Joe Oliver stood up before the Economic Club in Toronto and delivered what can only be described as one of the greatest "fantasy economics" speeches in decades.

It was a message from a parallel universe — one in which the Harper government delivered 'sound economic management' through the recession (it didn't), the economy recovered its pre-recession growth pattern (it hasn't) and Ottawa is delivering tax relief for the average Canadian household (it isn't). Stranger still, it's a parallel universe where Pierre Trudeau is still around, haunting us.

In his speech, Oliver somehow contrived to blame Justin Trudeau for the alleged fiscal sins committed by his father during Trudeau Senior's decade in power. (Justin Trudeau is 43. He was in his early teens when his father left office. Somehow we doubt Pierre was taking Justin's fiscal advice at the time … but that's the magic of rhetoric for you.)

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