While I agree with much of what has been said, if we think that deficit spending under a non-Liberal government would be better, we should think again. Cretien was certainly a polarizing figure but he balanced the budge from a deficit to a surplus in first four years or so, and that surplus carried on right up until about the first year of the Harper administration. For whatever reason (blame the economy, the previous Liberal government, the weather, whatever), under Harper the government ran a deficit for nearly 10 years, though he did almost get it balanced towards the end. Lots of external factors but you'd think after 10 years, policies could turn things around pretty dramatically. So I'm doubtful that any party is going to fix things, or make a worse mess than other parties are capable of. I'm not a fan of Liberal policies or politicians, but I'm also not very impressed with the Conservative party of Canada's track record.