Do NDP & Liberal voters want longer recession & more taxes?

It boggles the mind to think that so many Canadians “want change” that they are willing to shoot themselves in the foot to get it? Think about the financial effects of such a change. Both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau talk about:

And, no doubt, in time, both would raise the GST/HST back to 7%/15%. In fact, if the Trudeau Liberals get into power, guaranteed it will happen to Ontario residents, no matter how many times the Wynne Liberals deny such a possibility. Remember, it was that same Ontario Liberal Party, under Dalton McGuinty who promised not to raise taxes and did so within weeks of being elected.

So, if you don’t care that “change” will mean hardship for everyone (except for public sector union members), by all means vote for your NDP or Liberal candidate.

However, if you want a federal government that makes Canada the envy of the G8 and delivers the Constitutional imperative of peace, order and good governmentthen vote for your Conservative candidate on October 19th.

Remember too, that the Harper Conservatives are not just making promises, they actually have a record of accomplishment that doesn’t make you poorer than you are today.

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Related Endnotes:

(1) Check out William Watson’s column today in the Financial Post in relation to the CBC’s The National Peter Mansbridge interviews (my reaction at this link): “What will they do on Day 500?” That of course, is when the full negative impact of overspending or taxing individuals and businesses will show itself.

(2) Of course, in Alberta, it has only been a few months, not even close to 500 days, yet we read that the Premier Rachel Notley NDP government is attempting to spend their way out of a downturn in revenues. Which means, the AB NDP are already into the kind of permanent deficit spending made famous by Ontario’s Bob Rae NDP Government in the early 1990s — even though Notley promised not to make the same type of mistakes.



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Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

12 thoughts on “Do NDP & Liberal voters want longer recession & more taxes?

  1. There’s a lot there in what you say Sandy; why won’t people inform themselves on their government when taxation has become the largest family expenditure, and now progressives wish to push that tax envelope even further out with the fantasy that “only” the “rich” will “pay a little more.” Not you, the “rich.” That is until their revenue needs and debt interest costs cause them to deem you “rich.”

    Welcome to the progressive economy. Wants become needs, which become rights, which become claims against the state, which become higher taxes and economic decline. Oh, and no resource development either; only the “rich” benefit from that eh?

    Just how low will these clods be willing to set the tax bar to make the “rich” pay more (and more and more). Let’s go back to the good old days of Chretien where earned income above $60,000/yr (about $90,000 today) attracted 54% income tax!

    If the NDP get in, especially with their fellow travelers in minority, we will undoubtedly see a return to that level of taxation. Indeed, the Grit plan would push top marginal rates, albeit at an apparently sinful income of over $200,000 to that same 54%, but claw backs would push the effective tax rate as high as 58% (in NB); and they’re progressive pikers compared to the Dippers. Meanwhile the poor get poorer:

    “These tax packages are mainly about redistribution, not growth. Although marginal tax rates will fall for those with modest incomes, they will rise for many middle-income child-bearing families with more than $45,000 in income” (aka Mulcair’s “15% of the richest Canadians”). It’s true though the “rich” will be able to thank Mr Mulcair for his $15 (billion?) day care plan.

    Let’s throw in a poverty inducing federal carbon tax, and for good measure, another job killing “pension plan for Canadians.”

    Why is it OK to screw the poor to get at the rich? Answer: it’s not about justice, or fairness, it’s about revenues and government power. When they’re done screwing all of us over by squeezing as much as possible out of the tax wallet of rich and poor alike, then they’ll simply borrow more & more for their failed programs until they tap that out, aka the California plan. Then we’ll get higher unemployment, inflation & higher interest rates, plus a lower currency, all wrapped up into one progressive decline.

    Is that “what Canadians want?” Notwithstanding most of the contributors to this site, we need to wake up as to what the NDP has in store for us, plainly exhibited in their readily available platform. They’re hoping to pull another AB – what the heck the advisors are the same people – to slide by on some meme of moderation, talking nice about small business and high income Canadians, whom they intend to tax slay with increased income and carbon taxes, fine with the idea the poor get whipsawed by higher taxes and lower employment, so long as “the rich are less rich.”

    Pure egalitarian garbage; the media has bought it hook, line & sinker – now will the voter?


  2. It seems to me that this snake oil only works due to what I consider a serious flaw with our concept of democracy. I refer to the idea of one person one vote no matter what. When those who do not produce (pay no income tax) and who are dependent on government are given an equal vote to those who produce and pay income tax, it results in an incentive for politicians to promise the takers even more of other people’s work and efforts. What do the takers ever have to lose? Things become even worse when one adds in what I call corporate socialism or crony capitalism. Here we find a multitude of highly paid and well organised professional lobbyists with access to sway politicians. The whole system is broken in my view, and will never be changed until it has collapsed like a building of cards. I saw all this with great sadness and regret, since it will be my children and grandchildren who will suffer the most.


  3. I hear you Alain. I am of retirement age so only the removal of income splitting would hurt my husband and I personally. But, our grandkids and their kids? That’s a very different story. My husband pointed something out last night. Most young people in their 20s and 30s have not experienced hardship from the Ontario NDP or wars as in our parents generation. So, maybe they have to find out about total socialism the hard way. I say “total” socialism because even with a Tory Government, Canada is essentially socialist — health care, Old Age Security, etc.


  4. To my regular commenters: Because of my arterial stent, I need to keep my blood pressure in the normal ranges. So, I am going to start to post my “100 reasons to vote Conservative on October 19th” on a weekly basis (in order to get it out on Twitter and the Search engines as often as possible). However, I will continue to leave comments open so that regulars can sound off to each other.


  5. I think your husband is correct. Also the removal of income splitting for seniors would definitely hurt my wife and I, since we chose to be a one-income family in order for my wife to be at home for our four children. It was hard but worth it for us. Still the discrimination we endured from the tax system was disgusting.


  6. God luv ya Sandy, thanks for doing this for us! I also now take a blood pressure med like so many these days, many much younger than me,and sometimes just sounding off helps but when that fails tuning out is the only option.
    I must check out your jewelery creations!


  7. It is to laugh! I just got a comment from a CPC hater who ranted about the size of the Tory deficit. Of course, progressives never mention that it was the NDP and Liberals, in 2008, who forced it upon them. You know, when the opposition tried to take down a newly elected government with their so-called coalition. Had that not happened, Mr. Flaherty would never have agreed to a deficit. In fact, by 2008, the Conservative government had paid billions off the debt.

    How conveniently they forget. I have been blogging since January 2006. I don’t forget.


  8. I got into it last night with a family member who works for the federal government. I asked her why she hated Canada so much that you would want to undo all the great work the PM Harper has done. She works in the foreign affairs department and I asked her if PM Harper was so bad why is Canada under his guidance regarded so highly on the international stage. I couldn’t get a straight answer.


  9. “…why won’t people inform themselves on their government…”

    Good question Shamrock. I have relatives like that. They pay absolutely no attention to the news or what is going. They can’t be bothered, aren’t interested, or are too busy going here or going there. It seems that they do not care about the political life in Canada unless some policy hits them hard personally. Some believe everything their government union tells them. And the list goes on.

    This lack of interest or detachment from what is going seems to be the case of much of the population. At the last minute, just before an election, they might tune in to the MSM and get a few snippets of whatever bias is being peddled at that time.

    People get the form of government they deserve.


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