The Trudeau government spent $53,445 asking 32 people what they thought of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s first budget, according to Blacklock's Reporter.
Amongst these 32 people, the Department of Finance discovered that seniors, in particular, were concerned for the economy under Trudeau, saying Freeland was spending like she had a "money tree."
The group of 32 was not overly confident with the government. "I really have no confidence this is sustainable," said one senior.
The $50,000 allowed researchers to draw the following conclusion from the senior's remark: "many seniors admit to being skeptical about this budget ... half said the country was headed in the wrong direction."
"This group is somewhat uneasy about the level of spending and how it gets reconciled in the future," concluded the report.
The government also polled Quebecers, young people, and a few unemployed Canadians who were less critical of the budget. The report noted that "in the words of many participants it would be difficult to be negative about this budget that included elements to satisfy everyone."
The seniors, it turned out, had some reason to be concerned. Fast forward to October 2021 and inflation is expected to surge to a whopping 5 percent.
The Bank of Canada has promised to keep prices under control, yet did not explain how they would attempt this. On top of this, the Canadian economy (although growing) is not recovering nearly as quickly as officials predicted.
"We know higher prices are challenging Canadians and making it harder for them to cover their bills," said the Governor of the Bank of Canada to reporters. "I want to assure you inflation is not going to stay as high as it is today, even if it is going to take somewhat longer to come down."
On Tuesday, veteran Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre blamed the sizeable inflation on the Trudeau government, saying Trudeau's reshuffle created the "costliest cabinet ever."
The Trudeau government has pledged $78 billion in new spending over the course of the next five years. This is in addition to the $101 billion that the prime minister has already committed in his previous budget.
Despite this, Trudeau claimed on the campaign trail that when he thinks "about the biggest, most important economic policy this government, if re-elected, would move forward. You’ll forgive me if I don’t think about monetary policy."