Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:17:30 -0400
Subject: Re: INCOME TRUSTER
From: Office of Michael Ignatieff
Dear Mr. Campbell:
On behalf of Michael Ignatieff, we would like to acknowledge receipt of your email
regarding income trusts.
Like you the Liberal Opposition was outraged when the Conservative government broke
its campaign promise to never tax income trusts. This was a reversal that cost
thousands of Canadians, many of them seniors, billions of dollars in accumulated
wealth they were counting on as retirement income.
Since then, we have continued to call on the government for answers, giving the Prime
Minister and his Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, ample opportunity to explain
their actions. Liberals have tried to expose the truth about the income trust
betrayal through questions in the House of Commons and Senate, through Access to
Information Requests, the Finance Committee and a request to the Auditor General. To
date, the government has failed to deliver a satisfactory response to any of the
Canadians are asking, including proof of the so-called â€œtax leakageâ€ they claimed
their decision was meant to address.
In the House and Senate, the Liberal Opposition will continue to challenge the
government and secure the information necessary, not only to seek explanations for
the governmentâ€™s actions, but to help a new Liberal government craft a policy
response that best serves all Canadians in these challenging economic times.
Most recently the Liberal Finance Critic tabled a Question on the Order Paper that
asks the government to revise their calculations due to the numerous trust takeovers
since 31 October, 2006. We are eager to see the governmentâ€™s response.
Thank you for taking the time to write to the Leader of the Opposition. For more
information on Michael and the Liberal Party, please visit http://www.liberal.ca.
The Office of Michael Ignatieff, M.P.
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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