I, for one, am completely bewildered by the actions of the Liberal party on this budget matter. What became of the the three bases upon which the Liberals said they were going to evaluate this budget? I guess they got replaced by what the Liberals believe are three opportunities to bring down the Harper government at a time more to the Liberal’s liking. If that’s the case, then the Liberal’s actions of yesterday were more about them, than it was about us?
Meanwhile, the Liberals are claiming that the events of the last two months demonstrate that Parliament works. Huh? If that’s the conclusion that the Liberals have come to, then they have a very low standard of what constitutes “Parliament working”.
No one can tell me that “Parliament works” when we have tax legislation enacted based on complete and utter falsehoods. Tax legislation that see 75% of Canadians saving for retirement taxed at 31.5% and the other 25% taxed at zero. Tax legislation that allows the 25% who are taxed at zero to split their retirement income with their spouses to dramatically reduce their tax burden, while the 75% who are taxed at 31.5% are denied this income splitting benefit. Tax legislation that, in effect, provides a tax subsidy to foreign investors to takeover Canadian companies and load them up with excessive amounts of debt, in order to not pay taxes. Taxes that were otherwise collected by Ottawa from the former Canadian owners.
The income trust tax is the biggest fraud perpetrated by the Canadian Government on the taxpayers of Canada. It has destroyed peoples lives and grossly diminished their standard of living after years of working in this country. It has seen $35 billion of their wealth destroyed at the behest of some of the most powerful (and totally self-serving) business people in this country.
The actions of the Liberals on the income trust file are deserving of a C for effort and an E for accomplishment. One has to wonder whether the income trust issue is only trotted out by the Liberals when they are seeking an opportunity to describe how much of a bold faced liar that Stephen Harper is, or when the Liberals want to pander to a certain constituency of oil and gas executives in Calgary? The Liberals have been given two great occasions upon which to bring about real changes to this egregious policy. One was when the 2007 Budget was before the Senate and the other was yesterday. In both occasions the Liberals failed to act and extracted nothing of tangible significance. Therefore, to borrow a concept from them, I am placing the Liberal Party on probation. So too should all Canadians who believe in the type of government that Barack Obama is bringing to the US, namely one whose policies are based on facts and not fiction. The income trust tax is based on complete fiction. Fiction that the Liberals seem willing to perpetuate, and to the detriment of all Canadians, especially the 75% who, unlike the politicians in Ottawa, do not have pensions.
I will share with you the following email that is typical of the reaction I am receiving from people who prior to yesterday were willing to consider the Liberals as an alternative to the Conservatives:
Whereas I am completely on-side (as you know) with you on this issue, I am surprised that you’re surprised that your Liberal friends are not responding any more or better than the Tories. For some reason, you seemed to have thought (throughout) that they were in some way ‘better’ than the Tories or, the Non-Democrats or, the Bloc-heads but, they’re not.
You met with John McCallum and other senior Liberals if I recall correctly and they listened to you politely – after all you ran for the party – and we see now (when the rubber hits the road) that they don’t give a shit about honesty, integrity, transparency or accountability either! You handed them the PERFECT chance to bludgeon the Tories over an issue that is incredibly real and they just sleep-walked through it or, perhaps they too are looking for ‘contributions’ from Dominic D’Alassandro and the likes of Bell Canada in order to rebuild their battered party finances.
No one has done more than you to endeavour to seek something as simple as the TRUTH on a material matter that was so poorly handled and all that we have to show for it is that ‘they are all the same’ – no one in politics gives a shit about the truth or what’s right. It’s all about power and the obtaining thereof. The Liberals are no better than the Tories or Layton’s Non – Democrats or Gilles Deceipt’s Bloc….they’re all the same. It took me a long time to realize this but I’m finally there.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Posted by Fillibluster at 8:15 AM