From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Season’s Greetings. I hope you are able to spend meaningful time with friends, family, and loved ones.
With 2019 almost upon us, and the next election fast approaching, I can’t help but reflect on the past year for our Conservative Party, and on the determined leadership of Andrew Scheer. For all of those who have helped build our party, you have my deepest gratitude, and you should feel nothing but pride.
Over the past 15 years, we have been able to build a healthy and successful Conservative Party. We created a legacy of a robust economy, a prosperous and growing middle class, and a respected presence on the world stage.
In Opposition, we have continued to be a strong voice for the taxpayer, and the only party offering a positive vision to get our fiscal house in order and give Canadians a chance to get ahead, not just get by.
When we look back at all of the excellent work that we did in office, it’s unfortunate how much of that has been put in jeopardy by this current Liberal government.
After the last election, it only took a few months for Canadians to learn that Justin Trudeau’s promised “modest” $10 billion deficit had quickly doubled, and to date, added $60 billion in new debt.
The Liberals also moved quickly to claw back the Tax-Free Savings Account increase and to scrap important tax breaks for working families – including income splitting and children’s arts and fitness tax credits.
While Liberals and pundits like to point out our government also ran deficits, they always leave out it was in response to a crisis in the global economy on a scale not seen in over 80 years. Not only did economic activity plummet, but the global financial system froze up as major institutions were on the verge of collapse.
So we responded by running a temporary deficit, and it worked. Throughout the recession, Canada performed very well, and we maintained the most robust financial system of any G7 nation.
In contrast, the Trudeau Government’s spending has not only been unnecessary, but it is also very dangerous.
A responsible government would have continued to pay down the debt when the economy was performing well, in order to prepare for the inevitable downturn. Instead, Justin Trudeau initiated permanent deficits – with no plan to return to balance.
This is why the next election is so important. If we continue to go down this road, it will inevitably lead to even greater deficits that we may never be able to pay off. This next election may be our only opportunity to reverse that course.
We must unite, as Conservatives, to stop this Liberal Government and ensure that it is limited to just one term – and replaced by a new Conservative Majority Government under Andrew Scheer.
As you know, I remain on the board of Conservative Fund Canada, our party’s fundraising agent. To ensure that Andrew is in the best possible position going into the next election, I have made a personal pledge to ensure we end the year in a position of strength.
Your help is critical as we prepare for the next election. The only way we’re going to secure a Conservative majority in 2019 is with your involvement.
Thank you again so much for your continued support.
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C.