Re: Political attack ad is nothing more than graffiti, The Standard, March 26.
This letter by David Lewis, written in response to the seven billboards our association currently has running in St. Catharines in reference to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's handling of the income trust matter, contains a number of gross errors and false assumptions.
For Lewis to suggest that our paid billboard advertising is akin to graffiti is a patently false claim. Paid billboard advertising is not the equivalent of vandalsspray painting on private property. Graffiti is a criminal offence, as is causing property damage.
The only property damage involved in this matter is the $35 billion permanent loss of value that hard-working Canadians, including many retirees in St. Catharines, sustained as a result of Harper's capricious and reckless act of betrayal to double tax income trusts and double-cross Canadians saving for retirement.
As for the baseless claims that the author of these ads, our association, lacks integrity and credibility is another attempt to slander the good work we are doing on behalf of the 2.5 million Canadians who were aggrieved by this policy to double tax income trusts.
The party lacking in integrity and credibility is the Harper government, since it was they who promised to never tax income trusts and they who promised to usher in a new era of accountability and transparency - and that took the form of 18 pages of blacked out documents released under the Access to Information Act as the "proof" of alleged tax leakage.
Those 18 pages are more akin to graffiti than our paid billboards, as the 18 pages are a true blight on transparency and democracy.
President & CEO,
Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors
Yonge Street, Toronto
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 9:08 AM