Ken Hardie, Liberal MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells. (Now-Leader file photo)

Tory MPs chant ‘cover up’ during federal budget delivery

Liberal government’s fourth budget delivered in House of Commons Tuesday, but nobody could hear it

Perhaps you had to be there. Perhaps you’re glad you weren’t.

The Trudeau Liberal government’s fourth budget was delivered in the House of Commons Tuesday, but nobody could hear it. Minister of Finance Bill Morneau was drowned out by a cacophony of heckling by opposition MPs over what Tory Leader Andrew Scheer characterized as the Liberals’ “assault on democracy” in shutting down the SNC-Lavalin investigation.

It’s the last federal budget before this fall’s general election.

Conservative MP’s yelled “Let her speak,” and “Cover up.”

Scheer led his caucus out of the House, leaving Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre behind to take notes.

“With budget 2019, Justin Trudeau is covering up his corruption under $41 billion of brand new spending paid for by tax hikes if he’s re-elected,” Scheer charged. “It is the most expensive cover-up in the history of cover ups.“

homelessphoto

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. (Black Press Media)

“Mr. Trudeau’s plan is obvious,” Scheer said Tuesday. “Massive deficits to distract Canadians from his corruption before the election. Massive tax hikes to pay for them after the election. Canadians will not be distracted by Mr. Trudeau’s cover-up deficits. They demand answers on the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal and Conservatives will do everything we can to get them. In the days ahead, we will continue to oppose Mr. Trudeau’s cover-up agenda. Tomorrow, MPs will debate a Conservative motion calling on him to waive privilege and allow Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak.”

Ken Hardie, Liberal MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, said the opposition has drowned out the government before, “but they’ve never done it before on a budget.”

“The opposition’s interest is trying to keep the SNC-Lavalin affair as long as they can; they were upset that the justice committee, after five weeks of hearings, said, ‘Y’know what, we’ve heard everything we need to hear on the issue so let’s move on,’” Hardie said. “The justice committee had a motion to now go on to deal with hate, white supremacy, that sort of thing. In any event, the Conservatives particularly didn’t like that so that was the tactic they used to be disruptive.

“They were starting to wear themselves out,” he chuckled.

homelessphoto

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Now-Leader file photo)

Hardie said the Conservatives were “rising on continual points of order, anything they could do to basically frustrate the schedule.

“As we speak, I’m getting ready to vote all night,” he said Wednesday. “They’re going to bring up 256 individual budgetary item votes, and they’re going to vote against just about everything that the public needs from government. Line by line, line by line. It’ll be an all-nighter, at $50,000 an hour to keep the lights on in the House of Commons, and the staff and everything else, to what end? Only to show their pique at an issue that’s been thoroughly canvassed, keep it going, because it’s really the only thing they’ve got these days it seems.”

As for the budget – promises of which are contingent on a Liberal government re-election on Oct. 21 – seniors got a “tremendous lift,” Hardie said.

“We’ve changed some of the rules around clawing back the GIS, the guaranteed income supplement. Seniors will be able to go out, find themselves a part-time job because want to keep working to earn a few extra dollars and just to keep busy. We’ve increased the limit to the amount they can earn without losing any of their GIS, so that’s going to be a measurable improvement to a lot of seniors.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Outdoor AED unit in Surrey among the first in B.C.

SaveStation cabinet is alarmed and monitored – and hasn’t been used yet

Trade sends Surrey NHLer Brenden Dillon to Washington

‘We felt it was important for us to add a player of his caliber to our defensive group,’ says Caps GM

Construction begins on Highway 91/17 improvements in Delta

Project includes new interchanges at Highway 17/Highway 91 Connector and at River Road/Highway 17

Suspect in Surrey forcible confinement arrested in Toronto

Constable Richard Wright, of the Surrey RCMP, said William Daniels-Sey was arrested on Feb. 16

Despite evacuation, coronavirus-quarantined White Rock couple still two weeks from home

Government chartered plane to help cruising Canadians return from Japan

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

Trees Cannabis director fined $1.5M for selling marijuana

Fine follows provincial crackdown on popular dispensary

World Cup skier from Okanagan dies suddenly at 19

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut earlier this year, passed away suddenly Monday night.

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

Most Read