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.
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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.