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:
- Raising personal income tax rates;
- Taxing carbon, thus prolonging the technical recession we are just coming out of and increasing the cost of just about everything Canadians do or buy;
- Taxing business (code for the entrepreneurs and job creators of this country), be they small businesses which Trudeau thinks are just rich people wanting tax breaks or corporations who Mulcair thinks don’t pay enough; and
- Cancelling income splitting for families and possibly seniors; and
- Either cancelling or changing the universal child care benefit.
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 government, then 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.
(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.