Some things I'll be considering as I try to come to a verdict on this budget and, more importantly, what I think the Liberal response should be:
* While it's not the budget we'd bring in, how bad is it really? And can it be fixed?
* What do non-partisan Canadians think about the budget?
* Since the GG turning to the coalition is far from a guarantee, are we prepared to risk an election, and fight one, on this budget?
* Will public opinion support pulling the coalition trigger based on this budget?
* Imperfect as this budget is, would the delay in seeing some sort of at least semi-meaningful stimulus that would be triggered by either a) toppling the government, installing a coalition government, writing another better budget, and passing it (I'd say a month or so), or b) triggering an election, then recalling parliament, forming a government, throne speech and another budget (two months easy) really be the best course of action for the economy?
*Purely selfishly, but this is politics after all, is it in our strategic interests at this time to elevate the NDP?
*And finally, would we pay a political price with the public if we held our noses on this thing, with the resulting predictable attacks from the NDP, reprising the storyline of the last parliament?
I'm comfortable at this point at saying I have some significant issues with this budget. I think it fails in a number of areas. How badly? Can they be addressed by amendment, and would the Conservatives be open to such amendments? Those questions, and the above, are among the things I'm pondering this evening. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers