On April 21, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled his Conservative government’s 2015 budget. This budget was highly anticipated because 2015 is an election year in Canada, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives had long promised that they would return to balance before the election. Despite the recent drop in oil prices, the government was able to keep their balanced budget promise – at least ostensibly. The budget has received a wide range of reactions – from mostly positive, to mostly negative, to more neutral (here is a head-to-head debate on the subject). Our Editors were similarly divided – and have provided two quite different perspectives (here and here; see also here) on the budget, and on Harper’s economic record more generally.
But we want to know what you think. Are you happy with the budget? What do you like about it? What do you think should be changed or is missing? Are you happy with the Harper government’s track record (economic or otherwise)? What do you think of the other parties’ platforms (the parts that have been released so far)? Let us know in the comments!