Critics slam Harper's post-dated tax break promise
Probably won't kick in until 2015
News1130 Staff Mar 29, 2011 07:13:04 AM
OTTAWA (NEWS1130) - Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's promised tax break for two-income families comes with a big catch, it probably won't kick in until 2015.
So, what do you make of this post-dated hitch?
One columnist with the National Post says promising a tax break that is still four years away and hinges on a balanced budget, is like promising your wife an exotic holiday once the household debt is paid.
We asked Vancouverites what they thought of Harper's vow. One man said Harper's tax break is an empty promise that he really has no obligation to uphold. "Is the economy going to go right down the tube? He can't promise that so far in the future, to say that the deficit is going to disappear. It's just impossible to predict."
Another man jokes, "It's not working, I'll be dead in four years. What's the point?"
The Conservatives are dubbing it a "fiscal responsibility," a move that might eventually save 1.8 million Canadian families $1,300.
Meanwhile, Michael Ignatieff is promising a Liberal government would give bursaries to help low-income high school students go to university. Students could qualify for as much as $1,500.
NDP Leader Jack Layton wants to take on growing family debts by capping the interest credit card companies can charge.
Coalition debate rages
There's still plenty of talk over coalitions but this time Stephen Harper is on the defensive. The idea by the Tories was to get the other parties on board so Harper could become Prime Minister by getting the most support in the House of Commons.
"I would not want the Prime Minister to think he can simply fail as a route to another general election. That's not the way our system works," Harper said back in 2004.
His former Chief of Staff says it would not have been a coalition, rather a minority Conservative government. The Opposition says Harper is being hypocritical and some are calling him a liar.
Poll: Political Parties wasting their time
According to the Abacus Data survey up to 90 per cent of Liberals and Conservatives supporters are unlikely to change their mind before Election Day.
Roughly 15 per cent of NDP support could change up before we head to the polls. That also applied to 36 per cent of Tories, 27 per cent of Liberals, 20 per cent of NDPers, and nine per cent of the Bloc. And only eight per cent of Green Party supporters would switch their support.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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