The Daily Kel

Blog for Kelly Lamrock, M.L.A. for Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak, New Brunswick

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Please...I'll Give You Money.....Please!!

So, now Bernard Lord says we can afford a bigger tax cut.

Bigger than he thought in the last budget.

Bigger than he thought when the election started.

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it not only concentrates the mind wonderfully, it apparently changes tax policy.

Desperate promises should not govern this province. What would be cut to pay for this? The toll promise cost us the Department of Agriculture (110 jobs), art and music education and curriculum work at Department of Education (95 jobs), and public health nurses' support staff (111 jobs). It also led to four straight years of real-dollar cuts to education.

The Premier insisted two weeks ago that the surplus was only $22 million and there was no room for new promises. Now, he says "growth in the economy" allows a bigger tax cut.

That's a pretty sweeping change in his tune. I haven't seen growth that sudden and suspicious since Barry Bonds testified before Congress. What changed?

Not the polls, surely?

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