OTTAWA –With the Conservatives reeling, vaccines rolling and job creation rocking, the election plotting wizards in Justin Trudeau’s backrooms must be gleefully rubbing their hands with anticipation.
The signs of a spring vote are everywhere, notwithstanding the prime minister’s public posture against calling an unforced election.
Ads highlighting the merits of government relief programs are airing, Russian and Chinese sanctions are being deployed to stiffen our foreign policy spine and announcements supporting electric cars, seniors, high speed internet for Quebecers and innovation are gushing forth.
Now the mother of all spending plans finally has a delivery date.
April 19 is the start of silly season as the long overdue budget comes down to start weeks of cabinet showcasing, opposition bickering and, if the conditions are favourable, June election planning.
The long-overdue budget will build on the richest goodie package in history with up to $100 billion worth of new …