Re: “Income trust lobby not giving up, looking to next election,” (The Hill Times, March 31, Lobbying Page, p. 6).
The story by Simon Doyle, about the advocacy efforts of our association contains a brave statement from an unidentified Conservative from Ontario:
“I don’t think Jim’s losing any sleep over it. As a matter of fact, I’m sure of it. I’m sure he’d love to go a couple of rounds with these guys in a debate situation.”
Well, if that is truly the case, then we would certainly welcome such a “debate situation” ourselves, and have three simple questions for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, namely: When? Where? And would you like to bring the 18 pages of blacked out documents of alleged tax leakage, or should we?
Perhaps this debate would also allow us to once and for all deal with Flaherty’s communications director Dan Miles’ stated concern that: “It’s regrettable that they can’t move on.” That statement presumes that time will heal all wounds, however, time does nothing to erase the betrayal that this policy represents or the ongoing loss of $1.4-billion in annual tax revenues or the $65-billion in takeovers it has induced.
Perhaps the debate that we are bravely told that Flaherty would love to have with our association could be centered around Flaherty’s premise that, “it’s not my fault,” namely the litany of unintended consequences that his reckless actions have caused.
We await further instructions concerning the debate that has been so proactively proposed.
President and CEO
Canadian Association of Income Trust
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 9:06 PM