What are we to make of this?
Canadians who are hurting from the economic slump should remember that, relatively speaking, it's only a "mild" calamity, says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
When Canadians compare their current situation to the hardships faced by forebears who braved disease and death to come to Canada "with nothing" many years ago, they will see that "this is a mild economic recession," he told a business audience here yesterday.
"These are relatively mild challenges for us, we will come out of this strongly."
So why have we shot the wad of fiscal response with the last budget? There's nothing left in the kitty folks. So if this goes from a "mild calamity" to regular ole calamity, we're kinda stuck aren't we?
No wonder Candians are confused. The conflicting messages we're getting indicate no one knows what the fuck is going on. Not real confidence inspiring. I'd like to think that the money being thrown around is for a real purpose, not just to salve fears and win re-election. Though the latter seems all the more likely.
What the hell is a "mild calamity" anyway? Isn't that like "non-severe terminal illness"?