Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Once again, Harper is advancing falsehoods

Today in Brampton Harper stated: "Like virtually every other country, we will be running a deficit over the next couple of years," he said. "The difference is that our deficits will be temporary, because our stimulus spending is time-limited."

This doesn’t jive with the earlier statements by Jim Flaherty who claimed that the Conservatives had already provided stimulus to the economy in earlier budgets. By that he was referring to the 2% GST cut and the cuts to corporate taxes. These measures alone are costing the government over $12 billion a year in foregone tax revenue......and neither of these stimulus measures are “time limited” in any way, shape or form.

Once again, Harper is advancing patent falsehoods, much as he did with his falsehood known as “tax leakage”.

Rather than touting his measures as being superior to those of "every other country", again Harper is mis-portraying the truth, since Britain lowered its GST equivalent tax, known as the VAT, from 17.5% to 15%, for a "time limited" period of two years and not in perpetuity as Harper did, thereby creating a $10 billion a year structural deficit in Canada?

Why does Harper feel so free to abandon the truth when speaking with Canadians?


Dr Mike said...

Glad to see the PM finally lowered himself to speak to Canadians.

His US "Speaking to Anyone Who will Listen " tour is finally over & we get a few left-over nubbins of "yak".

I guess we really didn`t miss much other than what he told the Americans--the economy is in the tank , Afghanistan is a lost cause.

Hey wait a minute , I thought he told us that there would not be a recession with surpluses as far as the eye could see--I also thought that he told us that Afghanistan was a "lock".

Say , I wonder if he may have fibbed to us other times.

Dr Mike.

Transcanada said...


See David Atkin's article.

CAITI said...

Liberal Question of the Day

Why is the Prime Minister telling Canadians in Brampton that we'll be out of this economic crisis by 2010? It's a nice forecast - I hope it's true.

But this is the same Prime Minister who said "if we were going to have a recession, we would have had it by now."

That was in September 2008. His reputation for credibility has never recovered.

So why should we believe his forecasts now?

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if Harper is simply a liar or an idiot. He seems to sincerely believe a lot of the crap that comes out of his mouth.

This time if he really believes his party's track record is a positive thing and they have done good work on the "Home Depot stimulus package" - then the University of Calgary should be demanding that he return all of his degrees. He makes their graduates look incompetent and stupid.

Most likely the residents of Brampton aren't that dumb as Ruby Dhalla is their Liberal MP. Those in Brampton who use to have good jobs with Champion clothing know better.