Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not the way to balance a budget

Dear editor,

In recent weeks both the federal Conservatives and the provincial Liberals have put forward their 2015 “balanced” budgets and in doing so both had to sell assets and/or withdraw from their contingency funds.

As a retired individual I too have to maintain a balanced budget where my expenses do not exceed my earnings. If I have to withdraw from my savings and/or sell my house to make ends meet can I really say I have balanced my budget? Likewise I have a lot of trouble accepting the “balanced budget” spin being provided by our two senior levels of government. One thing for sure is our national and provincial wealth is definitely less.

A little honesty might go a long way to restoring some credibility to both levels of government.

Jim Stevenson

Courtenay

 

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