MP Whalen looking for pre-budget advice

The Telegram
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

St. John’s East Liberal MP was hoping for people to tell him Tuesday night what the federal government should be doing to kickstart the economy.

Nick Whalen.

After winning an election last fall on the promise of running deficits to stimulate  the economy, Whalen conducted his own pre-budget consultation to get a sense of what sorts of stimulus his constituents need.

“Given the state of oil, it’s worse than we expected, but our whole economic platform going through the election was dedicated to rebuilding the economy,” he said.

“We thought it was in bad shape; it’s in worse shape than we thought. But it doesn’t change our plan, which is try to grow the economy by strengthening the middle class, investing in infrastructure and investing in innovation.”

About 20 people showed up, braving the ugly weather Wednesday evening.

 Whalen heard a smorgasbord of issues — everything from post-secondary funding and raising corporate taxes to universal child care and more infrastructure to support manufacturing.

Whalen promised to put all of it in his report which will help inform the federal budget.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Charles Murphy
    January 14, 2016 - 14:17

    Hello Bob, LOL. I do have a company, and my products is been sold into the mainland, and our province.

    • dave
      January 15, 2016 - 08:15

      Still ducking questions I see.

  • roy206
    January 14, 2016 - 09:49

    Nick....your education and experience trumps that of the audience giving you direction. The job pays $180,000 per year....Perhaps it's time to start earning it....Enough of this "consulting" with the people which is actually a politician working on re-election....With a name like Whalen, I expected a different approach

  • ASBO
    January 14, 2016 - 08:30

    why did Trudeau pass over Whalen for a cabinet appointment? Many other rookie MPs with far less education and credentials got into the federal cabinet.Why?

    • Dolf
      January 14, 2016 - 14:50


  • maderigthhere
    January 14, 2016 - 06:37

    "MP Whalen looking for pre-budget advice" ...For NL sakes man, stop wasting Tax payers dollars and get on with it the freakin job you were elected to do would have thought these yahoo (same as provincial as far as I am concerned) heard all the issues when they were running.

  • Charles Murphy
    January 14, 2016 - 02:47

    Mr Whalen, According to my research we're shipping in " Nearly " billion dollars in products per year. I'll ask you the same question. If we can ship in those products. Why can't we manufacture them here putting our people to work?

    • dave
      January 14, 2016 - 08:45

      Ladies and gentleman, this character routinely claims to have conducted research and identified a billion dollars worth of products that can be produced right here. But every time he is challenged to provide details he just ducks the question.

    • Stephen  Redgrave
      Stephen Redgrave
      January 14, 2016 - 10:36

      Way to say it right Charles! If our provincial government could look past today they would have invested (years ago) into industries that make everyday items right here--INLAND, not out on some old beat up boat. I said it 5 years ago, but who listens to the voice of reason on Confederation Hill?

    • Bob
      January 14, 2016 - 13:29

      Charles, by all means, step up to the plate and start a company and start the manufacturing right here. Let me know how you make out.