Bezan not a huge fan of federal budget

Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan does not approve of the federal budget Justin Trudeau and the Liberals introduced inside the House of Commons on March 19. Stef Crosier / Postmedia Network

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James Bezan expressed his displeaure over the federal budget that was released on March 19.

Bezan said he watched the budget from Winnipeg instead of from Parliament Hill so that he would avoid all of the hoopla regarding the so-called SNC-Lavalin scandal.

“The Liberals are shutting down the investigation into SNC-Lavalin. They are calling no more witnesses. They are going to write their so-called report with a Liberal majority of course. They are moving onto another study. The Liberals want to stop the hemorrhaging on this and change the channel to the budget, so that’s why they shut it down,” Bezan told The Interlake Specator. “There is something extremely unethical and illegal that has happened and Canadians deserve to know the truth.”

The Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP also noted that the Conservative Party has been going over the budget page by page and line by line. He explained that the federal budget is a campaign-focused budget just in case the Liberals call for a federal election prior to the scheduled date in October.

Bezan said that the federal government can’t manage their own internal affairs.

“This speaks at the bigger questions of competence,” he said. “How can we trust them to manage the finances of this country, which has been mirrered with broken promises?”

“He (Justin Trudeau) may want to run earlier than later and this gets their feet to the ground,” Bezan said. 

Moreover, he pointed out that in the budget, there is new money for Indigenous people. He also said there was money set aside to help create more opportunities for students to pursue education.

He was surprised that the budget set aside money for volunteers, while expressing puzzlement since he thought volunteers are not supposed to be paid.