Harper’s Budget is Evidence of “Misguided Policies” HelpingThose Who Need it Least, Argues Karina Gould
“I listen to the concerns of my neighbours every day: they want a real and fair chance at success. That means investing in high quality services and much-needed improvements to infrastructure, as well as creating the quality job opportunities this community deserves. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s priority is a $2 billion tax break for the rich, and a doubling of the TFSA limit, which will be paid for by taking away tens of thousands of dollars in Old Age Security for seniors,” said Karina Gould, Liberal candidate for Burlington. “Instead of strengthening those at the heart of our economy – middle class Canadians – the Conservatives have introduced unfair proposals that will benefit the rich on the backs of the middle class and increase income inequality in Canada.”
Under Stephen Harper, Canadians have faced stagnant incomes, deficits and rising debt.
Unemployment last year – including youth unemployment – was still higher than before the recession, and according to CIBC, job quality in Canada is at its lowest in a quarter century.
“After months of delay, Stephen Harper has failed to present a credible budget. I am shocked that he has taken billions of dollars out of Canada’s contingency reserve fund and sold the government’s shares in GM (at a loss) to pay for tax breaks to the wealthiest Canadians. Stephen Harper’s policies are misguided, aimed at partisan politics and are not what is best for Canadians. It is fiscally irresponsible,” added Ms. Gould. “What this riding needs – and what Burlington families tell me they want – are investments in infrastructure, post-secondary education, and skills and innovation that will produce real growth and opportunities for themselves and their children. Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, Canada will have a better plan focused on helping all Canadians.”