Globe and Mail reports:
In an interview with Global TV, he [Stephane Dion] said that the downturn in the economy could force him to slow down the “pace of investment we wanted to make in the first two years.”
He was careful to say, and he repeated this to reporters later in a scrum, that the Green Shift plan would not be affected.
Rather, he would look at slowing down his commitments on child care, a catastrophic drug program and getting more doctors.
Dion is quite the Maverick, usually Liberal leaders wait until after the election to ditch their progressive policies.
But seriously, if the Liberals were to form a government after Tuesday's vote (mammoth-sized 'if'), it would definitely be a minority government, in which case, it would likely not last into a third or fourth year. The much needed funding for child care and new doctors wouldn't happen.
Economic downturn or not, these are not luxury items. The long-term health of our economy requires accessible, affordable child care, not now, or two to three years from now, but more than ten years ago when the Liberals first promised it. And universal health care as we know and love it in Canada won't survive without a plan for new doctors.
Given that the Liberals won't roll back the $50 billion in corporate tax cuts and they won't pull out of Afghanistan until 2011, basically what Dion is saying with this new announcement is that a Liberal government would be just like a Conservative government but with more broken promises and a carbon tax.