Now that Paul Martin is firmly in control of the ship we can see what his highest priorities are. Paul believes that innovation in the areas of science and technology are the key to growing Canada’s future. He recognizes the realities of globalization and is seeking to retrofit the Canadian economy to compete globally.
Jack Layton and the NDP have an interesting analogy for Paul’s fiscal policy.
“It’s like paying down the mortgage faster when you’ve got a leaky roof a sick grandmother and your child is trying to go to university. I don’t know a single family that would do what Paul Martin is doing with our economy.”
I disagree with Jack. If this is the situation, Paul isn’t trying to fix the roof, he’s trying get a better career so he can actually afford to fix the roof and put the kids through school. Right now there isn’t enough money coming in to fix all the problems. This problems are about to get worse because our neighbour down the street is in the same business. He has more skills and is taking away business we could have if we had those skills.
Canada lags behind several industrialized nations in productivity and R&D. If we spend our money wisely on the things that bring us the best return on investment we will be able to feed the hungry appetite of our social programs.