A mix of realism and optimism, with an explanation of how deficit spending hurts regular Canadians by making everything more expensive. In a recent article, Aaron Wherry of CBC declares “The balanced budget era is over. Now what?” Wherry also points out, “No party is going into the next election with a promise to eliminate the deficit.” Why mention this? Because, as the State Broadcaster, CBC telegraphs the message that Trudeau and the government pushes, and declaring an end to balanced budgets is that message. That said, Wherry isn’t wrong in his assessment of what the main parties are proposing. While Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh have of course abandoned balanced budgets, even the CPC under Erin O’Toole has moved to a more left-wing position, with O’Toole saying the CPC won’t balance the budget for another 10 years. Any promise to do something over 10 years is close to meaningless, since that would assume you are getting re-elected over and over again, which can never be guaranteed. As a result, there is a consensus among Trudeau, O’Toole, and Singh on not balancing the budget, which is a disturbing occurrence for Canadians who value fiscal responsibility.