Recent letter writer Bob Larson correctly states that Thomas Mulcair and the NDP will raise the corporate taxes by two per cent to 17 per cent, but he fails to note that corporate taxes will still be less than they were in 2008 when they were 19.5 per cent and lower than when they dropped from 18 per cent in 2010 to the current 15 per cent in 2012.
How does Prime Minister Stephen Harper intend to achieve balanced budgets when he reduces tax revenue? Answer: cut services.
The writer invokes the oft-used finger point at the B.C. NDP of the 1990s.The old adage applies that if you tell an untruth often enough it will appear to be true. In fact, in 2001, the B.C. NDP left the B.C. Liberals with a surplus of $1.573 billion. This data is easily found with any search engine.
The Liberals then fudged a $5.2B structural deficit that many believe to this day despite published data to the contrary.
And those Alberta NDPers. They’ve had six months to undo decades of Conservative fiscal mismanagement and what was once a much boasted Heritage Fund worth several billions is nowhere to be found. The economic woes of Alberta are not the fault of the present government despite Harper’s rhetoric.
Those nasty NDPers. Brought in Medicare. Refuse to stand in contempt of Parliament. Won’t support incurring more debt than the current $170B.
Won’t support omnibus legislation. Won’t promise $1 billion G8 summits, or more $50 million gazebos. They have no senators undergoing criminal investigation. The nerve of them.
Apparently they care about seniors, health and pharmacare costs and hungry school kids. They actually want the working poor to have affordable day care.
They’re demanding that corporations buck up and the rich 20 per cent pay their fair share of taxes instead of hiding money offshore while collecting home renovation grants. What can they be thinking?
Yes, watch out for the NDP indeed. If we don’t watch out, they’ll turn Canada into a respected, transparent democracy where Canadians care for their fellow man and where there exists fair, equal taxation. Who in their right mind wants that?
Dana J. McComberNanoose Bay