Election 2015 – Rafferty and Rusnuk Rumble over Fiscal Plan

Thunder Bay Liberal candidates standing on the Liberal platform
Thunder Bay Liberal MPS Patricia Hajdu and Don Rusnak

John Rafferty MP
MP John Rafferty is calling out Liberal candidate Don Rusnak

Election 2015 – Political Campaign Heats Up

THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – New Democrat candidate John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) penned the following letter to his Liberal opponent Don Rusnak demanding he provide transparency on Liberal spending plans.

John Raffety the incumbent NDP MP for Thunder Bay Rainy River wrote an open letter to Don Rusnuk on Thursday. “As you know, yesterday, my leader Tom Mulcair delivered on his commitment to provide Canadians with our fiscal framework.

“I’m proud of our balanced, progressive plan that delivers on the priorities of Thunder Bay-Rainy River families. Priorities like more doctors and nurses, building needed infrastructure, and delivering one million affordable childcare spaces.

“To date, Justin Trudeau has refused to do the same. That’s not fair to the voters of Thunder Bay-Rainy River. That’s not the transparency they deserve.

“We are asking you to immediately release your costing plans in order to answer Canadians’ questions like, exactly how large your deficits will be in each of the next three years? How do you expect to eventually balance the budget? Are you planning cuts to vital services, increases to service fees or sell off of public assets? If so, what assets are you planning to sell and how much do you expect to collect from this sale?

“So many questions remain unanswered. You owe it to Canadians and the voters of Thunder Bay-Rainy River to answer them. We are asking that you be clear with Canadians and release your fiscal plan immediately,” concluded Rafferty.

Thunder Bay Liberal candidates standing on the  Liberal platform
Thunder Bay Liberal candidates standing on the Liberal platform

Team Rusnak Responds

“The email sent from Mr. Rafferty was a canned email sent to every liberal candidate in the country,” responded Don Rusnak, the Liberal candidate in Thunder Bay Rainy River. “

We have been saying, and continue to say that the Liberal Party were the first party to be upfront with Canadians and present our fiscal framework. We still have weeks to go in this long campaign and we will have a fully costed plan for Canadians. As well, each of our commitments made so far have been individually costed, unlike the NDP.