The debate in the House of Commons resumed this week for Parliament’s final leg before the next election, and the single word that echoed louder than any other was “economy.”
Well, economy or one of its many offshoots: Fiscal, budget, middle class, collapse. Oil.
Sure, the Liberals and NDP hammered the Conservatives about the combat-mission-that’s-not-a-combat mission heartily enough on Monday. But with the federal election coming up in October, if not sooner, the economy is a point of inevitable debate.
There is the promise of a balanced budget, an oil-dependent economy that falters as the resource dips to $50 per barrel, and a delayed fiscal update.
And the question of whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper is still the best person to man the sails is at the root of it all. Political analyst Gerry Nicholls said the Conservatives still think so, and if it is left up to them the economy will be the focus of the election.
"If the Conservatives have their way, it will be,” Nicholls toldRead More »from If not Harper, then who? Conservative economic brand could hold firm in the next election