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Canada Rex Murphy: Starship Canada takes the federal budget where it's never gone before

23:23  28 july  2021
23:23  28 july  2021 Source:   nationalpost.com

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I saw a most interesting headline in Wednesday’s National Post, the burden of which is that we, Canada, could possibly not see a balanced budget till 2070. (I’m all for “long-term planning” but this seems a little extreme.)

a group of people wearing costumes: Justin Trudeau, dressed as Han Solo from Star Wars, holds his son Hadrien as his wife, Sophie Trudeau-Gregoire, dressed as Princess Leia, looks on, while trick-or-treating on Halloween in Ottawa in 2015. Rex Murphy says Starship Canada is taking federal budgets places budgets have never gone before. © Provided by National Post Justin Trudeau, dressed as Han Solo from Star Wars, holds his son Hadrien as his wife, Sophie Trudeau-Gregoire, dressed as Princess Leia, looks on, while trick-or-treating on Halloween in Ottawa in 2015. Rex Murphy says Starship Canada is taking federal budgets places budgets have never gone before.

However, given the magnitude and speed of expenditures by Justin Trudeau’s government, some people might consider 2070 a shade optimistic. No less an authority on responsible government spending than Stephen Harper has offered a rare public comment on the present expenditures, noting they are a serious “ overkill .”

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However, based on the Post story, and the very timely cautions from Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux about the “picture of unsustainability for finances, both federal and provincial combined,” plus his reference to the great, grey white-tusked beast in the room “that nobody seems to be worried about or wanting to address,” I’d like to offer a little scenario for the great year 2070, in which the Starship Canada  — cue theme music: budgets go where no budgets have gone before — finally hits fiscal balance.

It is the year 2070.

So much has changed.

The Earth is a sea of windmills.

Come to think of it, the sea is an earth of windmills.

The main thing here is that there are a LOT of windmills in 2070.

Lifestyles have changed since the old days.

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The CBC has been formally acquired by Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation. It was a friendly takeover.

The pandemic is in its 51st year and 17th wave. (They’ve run out of Greek letters for the variants.)

However there are no more lockdowns. This is because since net zero was achieved in 2050, as predicted by Prime Minister Trudeau the Second, there are no shops or stores. In fact there is no economy. When the carbon tax reached $900 an ounce everything closed and global warming stopped everywhere.

There is a huge debate whether wearing four facial masks (after triple vaccinations) is sufficient.

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The administration of Prime Minister Trudeau the Third is in its 14th year. There have been great changes in how Parliament works.

The House of Commons is now conducted entirely on submissions to TikTok. Question period is done in rap rhymes of 30 seconds or less.

Nonetheless 2070 will go down in the history books as a great year for Confederation. Because, in 2070 Canada has finally achieved a balanced budget, a target first set in the long-ago days of 2015.

And they said it couldn’t be done. It is difficult in 2070 to in any way understand why people back then thought a Trudeau government, any Trudeau government, would never reach a complete and balanced budget. They were just a bunch of noisy cynics.

Well, how does that crow taste now? It only took half a century, just 50 years — a blip in the life of the cosmos — to bring Canada’s finances back to the sane level they enjoyed in 2015, the remarkable year the second Trudeau arrived to ornament the office of prime minister. (It’s since become, as it should, hereditary. Check Bill-C 170, the Keep it in the Family Act.)

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They said way back then they would “build back better.” Have they ever! And then some.

I think the real surprise here is that it really didn’t take that long to smother the economy. It was a struggle, but with the global warming crusade and the lockdowns it was finally possible.

True, there were a few hiccups. Alberta is now a partner-state with Rhode Island. The Quebec nation is a full-fledged member of what remains of the European Union. And there is a movement on Newfoundland’s Fogo Island, world-class vacation venue, to join up with a newly democratic Cuba. Frost and sunshine, an experience.

Canada may be smaller in 2070. There’s very little of a noticeable economy. But the books are balanced, there is peace in the land, and Mr. Dressup is finally available on Netflix.

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