This post spells out 15 reasons Canadians are better off economically than they were in January 2006 when the Tories took office, something I had hoped would be covered in last night’s Globe debate — but didn’t.
In fact, the Globe debate was a complete sham given the moderator allowed the two opposition leaders to interrupt, not only each other, but Prime Minister Harper as well. Not only that, the moderator didn’t allow the PM to finish answering the questions put to him before allowing the others to talk over him.
Oh, and a certain Globe female journalist showed horrendous disrespect by correcting herself after she referred to Mr. Harper as the prime minister — then changed that to Leader of the Conservative Party — when in reality he is BOTH at the moment.
Yet, throughout it all, Mr. Harper took it all in stride, seemed relaxed, and just let the others battle it out. Why? Because he has to hope that Canadians know they are financially better off than they were a decade ago.
However, if Canadians don’t know how much better things are economically, in spite of the oil slowdown, I am inviting people to email or tweet the hyper link for this post to everyone they know.
We need to get the word out. Taken from my list of 100 reasons to vote Conservative on October 19th, I would recommend readers go directly to the list for the non-partisan explanatory and attribution sources for the 15 items. (H/T NewsWatchCanada)
Here they are, with their item number from the 100 list:
# 1. Adoption tax credit increased;
# 22. Corporate tax rate reduced twice to 15%;
# 26. Disability savings plan;
# 30. EI premiums reduced to 15%;
# 36. Family caregiver tax credit $2000;
# 37. Family income splitting up to $2000 refund;
# 45. GIS improvements to allow for higher earned income;
# 46. GST/HST from 7% to 5%;
# 51. Income splitting for seniors/retirees;
# 57. Kids sports tax credit up to $500 per child;
# 75. Public transit tax credits;
# 82. Self-employment Fairness Act for special benefits for volunteers;
# 84. Small business tax reduction to lower EI premiums;
# 89. Fully 160 tax cuts over the 9 years in power; and
# 97. Universal Child Care Benefit enhancement to age 17.
Plus, remember, the Conservative election platform says that “single seniors” will qualify for a $2,000 tax credit if the CPC is re-elected the government. Which, when combined with the $2000 pension income credit already in place, could result in a $600.00 refund — and that is real in-your-hands money!!
The crux of the matter is that Canadians are better off now than they were before the Conservatives came to power in 2006.