Let’s talk about taxes. We’ve seen record spending from a government that has absolutely no plan to pay down the deficit. The Official Opposition has said repeatedly that today’s deficits are tomorrow’s tax hikes. What’s concerning is this is exactly what’s happening. The Liberals are raising taxes across the board, making it harder and harder for Canadians to make ends meet.
The independent, non-partisan, Fraser Institute writes that more than 90% of Canadian families will pay higher taxes once the Liberals’ taxes are fully implemented. Hikes to CPP deductions will not benefit retired Canadians for decades – but you’ll pay a lot more now, and in years to come. Remember when we discovered the Liberals were planning on taxing benefits like staff meals and employee discounts? The CRA’s own website shows that the Liberals’ plan to tax employee discounts is ‘currently under review’. Hardworking, low-income, wage-earning retail workers should not have to pay tax on the small employee discounts they receive. We also have the Parliamentary Budget Officer who has found that Trudeau’s plan to tax employer-provided health benefits will cost Canadians $2.8 billion in higher personal income tax.
Finally we have the Carbon Tax, a tax that not only doesn’t reduce emissions but raises the price of everything for consumers. This is especially concerning for people like seniors who are on a fixed income, increasing the cost of gas, home heating, food, and everyday essentials. Let me be clear; this Carbon Tax is not an environmental plan. If it were, Justin Trudeau wouldn’t have negotiated massive exemptions for Canada’s largest emitters. They will be able to pollute for free while families and small business owners get hit with the full force of the tax.
A Conservative government will scrap the Liberal Carbon Tax, end the review to tax employee discounts and benefits, introduce tax credits like the Tax-Free Home Heating Plan, and help Canadians get ahead.