Progressive victory in Canada

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Look at the face of “Change” hitting Canada!

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party recently won Canadian elections, pushing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party out of power in Canada. I’m not too familiar with what progressives are pushing up in Canada, so I’ve decided to take a look at the website for the Liberal Party and its description of Justin Trudeau. Let’s take a look at what his vision is:

Over the past 10 years it has become harder for millions of Canadians to get ahead. Some people think the solution is to continue on the course we’re on, giving benefits to the wealthy and making cuts to everything else. I have a different plan, to invest immediately in jobs and growth and lower taxes for the middle-class. My vision of our country is a place where everyone has a shot at success because we have the confidence and leadership to invest in Canadians.

Alright, that sounds familiar to what American communists progressives are saying. The Liberal Party will decide how your money is spent, because all good comrades know that it’s only fair. Tax the wealthy and redistribute income. Balancing budgets at some point doesn’t matter, spend it all now! After the introduction there’s some stuff about Trudeau being a teacher and a father. The section after that is “Advocacy.”

By 2005, I was getting called upon more and more often to speak at conferences and various events on youth or environmental issues. I was by this time chairing the Katimavik board, a position that included successfully encouraging the Chrétien government to increase and stabilize funding to $20 million a year, as well as delivering cross-country speeches to high schools on the value of community service and volunteerism.

The more I spoke with young people all over the country, the more I began to gravitate toward a life of advocacy. It was becoming increasingly clear to me that the issues young Canadians cared about — education, the environment, their generation’s economic prospects — needed a stronger voice in the public sphere. I also began to feel that a generational change was approaching, one that might open up new possibilities. It was against this backdrop that I made my first steps into politics.

A community organizer, an advocate, orator, and politician. What an interesting life experience. The next section of this article is about Trudeau’s journey to becoming the fine progressive leader that he is today. The article introducing Trudeau doesn’t go on much longer, but leads to the platform for the Liberal Party. “What does real change mean to you?

Seriously, what is it with progressives and change?
Seriously, what is it with progressives and change?

Let’s take a look at some of these policy positions, such as political financing.

When fixed election date legislation was introduced, it left a loophole that allows unlimited spending in the period before an election is called. That creates an uneven playing field.

We will review the limits on how much political parties can spend during elections, and ensure that spending between elections is subject to limits as well.

The government will control political speech thus making elections fair. Let’s take a look at what Trudeau has to say about helping families and taxes.

We will give families more money to help with the high cost of raising their kids.

We will cancel tax breaks and benefits for the wealthy – including the Universal Child Care Benefit – and introduce a new Canada Child Benefit to give Canadian families more money to raise their kids.

With the Canada Child Benefit, nine out of ten Canadian families will receive more than under Stephen Harper’s confusing collection of child benefit programs. For the typical family of four, that means an additional $2,500 in help, tax-free, every year.

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Just a few more dollars…

I wonder where this money will come from? Will it grow on a magical tree? Taking a look at the website for the Canada Revenue Agency gives no indication of how the Universal Child Care Benefit only gives benefits to the wealthy. I guess that anyone with a child being able to apply for it is unfair? No need to let citizens keep their money though, through government and bureaucratic efficiency the money will be well spent.

We will give middle class Canadians a tax break, by making taxes more fair.

When middle class Canadians have more money in their pockets to save, invest, and grow the economy, we all benefit.

We will cut the middle income tax bracket to 20.5 percent from 22 percent – a seven percent reduction. Canadians with taxable annual income between $44,700 and $89,401 will see their income tax rate fall.

This tax relief is worth up to $670 per person, per year – or $1,340 for a two-income household.

To pay for this tax cut, we will ask the wealthiest one percent of Canadians to give a little more. We will introduce a new tax bracket of 33 percent for individuals earning more than $200,000 each year.

I wonder what Trudeau will consider to be “fair” in a few years?

We will cancel income splitting and other tax breaks and benefits for the wealthy. We will not end pension income splitting for seniors.

Income splitting costs the federal government $2 billion a year but delivers benefits to only a few. It will not create a single job. It will not give one young person an opportunity to get ahead.

Income splitting delivers no benefits to working parents who earn similar salaries, no benefits to single parents, and no benefits to Canadians who do not have kids.

All told, income splitting benefits only about 15 percent of Canadian households.

We will cancel Stephen Harper’s tax breaks for the wealthy, to give Canadian families more money to raise their children.

I have this feeling that $2 billion will not be enough to satisfy the Liberal Party. I guess that the top 1% of Canadians paying about 21% of Federal and Provincial taxes, along with the top 10% paying over 50% of said taxes, simply isn’t fair enough.

We will also lift more Canadians – including children and seniors – out of poverty.

Poverty and inequality are not just problems for individual Canadians – all of Canada is affected. For Canadians, poverty makes it more difficult to get and stay healthy, and more difficult to find and keep good work. For Canada, the costs of poverty – seen in higher health care costs and greater demand for social assistance – are immense.

Our plan will lift Canadians out of poverty starting immediately after the next election.

We will introduce a new Canada Child Benefit. Tax-free, tied to income and delivered monthly, this benefit provides greater support to those who need help most: single-parent families and low-income families. It will lift 315,000 children out of poverty.

We will help to lift hundreds of thousands of seniors out of poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single low-income seniors by ten percent. This will give one million of our most vulnerable seniors – who are often women – almost $1,000 more each year.

And, as part of our new investment in social infrastructure, we will prioritize investments in affordable housing and seniors’ facilities, build more new housing units and refurbish old ones, give support to municipalities to maintain rent-geared-to-income subsidies in co-ops, and give communities the money they need for Housing First initiatives that help homeless Canadians find stable housing.

The Canadian government will spend money to save money. Good call. Let’s move onto labour unions now.

We will restore fair and balanced labour laws that acknowledge the important role of unions in Canada.

Labour unions play an important role in protecting the rights of workers and growing the middle class.

Under Stephen Harper, many of the fundamental labour rights that unions have worked so hard to secure have been rolled back, making it more difficult for workers to organize freely, bargain collectively in good faith, and work in safe environments.

We will restore fair and balanced labour laws that acknowledge the important role of unions in Canada, and respect their importance in helping the middle class grow and prosper. This begins with repealing Bills C-377 and C-525, legislation that diminishes and weakens Canada’s labour movement.

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Nothing says corruption standing up for the middle class like labor unions. I took a quick look at the bills mentioned. Bill C-377 simply requires labor unions to provide financial information for disclosure. Bill C-525 requires that the certification and decertification of a bargaining agent is done by a private ballot. In other words, you don’t have to have union thugs surrounding you when you vote in a labor union. Clearly, transparency and freedom are inimical to progressive objectives. Let’s move onto retirement security.

We will provide Canadians with a more secure retirement.

After a lifetime of hard work, Canadians have earned a secure and dignified retirement, but too many now wonder when – or even if – that will happen.

We will help Canadians realize their goal of a secure retirement.

That security starts with a strong and stable pension program. We will work with the provinces and territories, workers, employers, and retiree organizations to enhance the Canada Pension Plan.

We will not end pension income splitting for seniors.

We will also restore the eligibility age for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement to 65, putting an average of $13,000 into the pockets of the lowest income Canadians each year, as they become seniors.

We will help to lift hundreds of thousands of seniors out of poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single low-income seniors by ten percent. This will give one million of our most vulnerable seniors – who are often women – almost $1,000 more each year.

Where will this money come from? The vile and wretched 1% may have to give up some more. If the Scandinavian model is followed (as desired by so many progs), a 25% VAT and 38% national income (that’s the minimum for anyone making over about $7,000 US) among many other taxes will be required to sustain such programs.

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I think that I’ve had enough of reading up on Trudeau’s policy positions for now. I write up more about this in the future, but for now here are the PDF’s for anyone who is interested in reading up on them. I’ll close this post out with a fun photo from a disgruntled Canadian. Enjoy!

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