Monday, June 19, 2006

Brison news

Two pieces of news regarding Scott Brison. First of all, he's promised that a Liberal government led by him would revoke the Conservatives' GST cut. Calling the cut "dumb and gutless," he noted that it makes no sense from an economic or social standpoint, only a political one. He says he would instead direct the money to an income tax benefit that will make working more appealing to lower-income Canadians.

"I've seen time and time again where people can explain to me why they are better off on social assistance than if they take a minimum wage job and that's not right socially, morally or economically,'' he said, according to CP.

"And you can't blame those people if taking a minimum wage job means that they are going to be bringing home less money to their family. They are simply making a rational choice when faced with an irrational policy.''

In addition, his old rival Peter MacKay got a shot in as well, saying, "It's poorly thought-out economic policies like that that I think will contribute to his failed leadership bid."

And second, he's picking up solid financial support from the east coast business community.
The captains of East Coast industry are quietly lining up to offer their financial support to Scott Brison, Nova Scotia's dark-horse candidate in the federal Liberal leadership race.

Attracted by promises of cuts to corporate taxes, the province's business elite is showing unusual solidarity in their support of the former Tory MP from the Annapolis Valley.

"There was a certain reluctance in the past to be seen to be supporting anybody,'' said John Risley, Canada's leading fishery tycoon. "People would rather be doing it covertly and behind the scenes.

"There's less reticence about that today ... It's the responsibility of the business community to give him a boost.''

Source. Well, Mr. MacKay, his poorly thought-out economic policies seem to be fairly popular with the business community. I wonder why that is...


At 6/19/2006 12:35 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Globe and mail blow job piece is a joke. The loans totaled 200,000 not 20,000 so there was no "nest egg" of 100,000 there would be a debt of 100,000 plus what has been spent. I guess the so called reporter took Brison at his word on the donations because he has refused to publically release his donor list

At 6/19/2006 10:16 p.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I believe his tax policies make far more sense than the Tory ones. He is a former investment banker so he understands the economy better than most. As for businesses backing him, this is no surprise. The business community generally prefers the Liberal Party over the Conservatives. Although one might think they would prefer the Conservatives, they are too beholden to the grassroots ideologues and difficult to influence. The Liberals appeal more to the pragmatic centrist and have a much wider appeal than the Tories, but a smaller core base.


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