Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tax Cuts

Why didn't Canadians get a tax cut in the 2007 budget? Easy, because Quebecers got one instead - paid for by the Rest of Canada, of course. This after Charest and other Quebec leaders constanly saying how desperately they needed more money from Ottawa to fund social programs, thus exposing the Big Lie that is the fiscal imbalance.

But what does Jim Flaherty think of taking other peoples' money and literally handing it over to the people of Quebec? He's fine with it.



At 3/28/2007 5:15 p.m., Blogger East Coast Tory said...

Every province has the option of using the federal funding for this purpose if it sees fit.

However, as we all know, Quecbec has a bloated public service and provides prohibitively expensive programs such as subsidized day care. To this point, that is how they have chosen to use their fiscal capacity, thereby requiring one of the higher tax regimes in the country.

Now, with this budget, they have the fiscal flexibility to offer some measure of tax relief.

Other provinces have chosen to maintain more moderate tax regimes but, then, have been unable to offer the same level of services and programs. Now, they have the opportunity to address deficiencies here.

Regardless, all provinces are working within the fiscal capacity they have to offer the balance of tax burden and programs/services that their constituents support.

No issue.

At 3/28/2007 6:21 p.m., Blogger Ryan Ringer said...

Oh come now. If the Liberals had delivered a budget which quite literally gives the money of other Canadians to Quebecers, who already enjoy better social services than every other Canadian, the Tories would be red with anger.


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