The Tory Secret Agenda is that There is No Agenda

Andrew Coyne on the 2012 federal budget:

You fiscal conservatives who hung on all this time, while the Harper Conservatives ran up spending to levels no previous government had ever dreamt of—you who stood by the party through the years of minority government while it discarded every principle it had ever held and every commitment it had ever made—you who swallowed all of this in the belief that, one day, the Conservatives would win their long-sought majority, and all your compromises would prove to have been worthwhile: you, ladies and gentlemen, have been had.

Of course some of the big spending recently has been intended as stimulus, and the economy is hardly in good enough shape to make big cuts yet. But everyone seems to agree that the budget is surprising lacking is vision or direction, given the Conservatives new strength.

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