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About those taxes (II)

Ignatieff: ‘No one in their right mind wants to shut off the recovery by raising taxes in any form’


 

About those taxes (II)Michael Ignatieff visits the University of Western Ontario.

Tax increases to improve employment insurance or to slash the deficit are not on federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s agenda during the recession, he insisted yesterday in London.

Dealing with both issues will be costly, but the time to do it is when the economy begins to recover, he said. “No one in their right mind wants to shut off the recovery by raising taxes in any form,” he said.

Ignatieff said the $80-billion deficit run up by the Conservative government troubles him. “No responsible politician looking at that number can excuse forever and a day raising additional revenue . . . No Canadian is going to believe you.

“Once recovery is underway and we are still stuck in a structural deficit, then we would need expenditure review, cutting back government expenditure.”


 

About those taxes (II)

  1. he’s right, but I suspect he’s giving Canadians WAY too much credit in the logic of their opinions regarding taxes.

    • I’ll second that. This quote in particular was off base: “No responsible politician looking at that number can excuse forever and a day raising additional revenue . . . No Canadian is going to believe you”

      Um, yes, yes they will. They probably shouldn’t, but they will. I give Ignatieff full points for his honesty here, but not for his partisan political judgment. In so far as he’s willfully allowing the former to take precedence, well, God bless him. It’s gonna be a long road to hoe.

      • Long row to hoe. You hoe rows, not roads. Otherwise, I completely agree with your comment. Sorry about the pedantry.

        • I only agree with the road-hoeing part, but not the rest.

        • But then you haven’t seen some of the roads in Nova Scotia.

          • Why aren’t we stimulating those roads? Afraid they’ll quiver under the strain?

    • Yeah, waaay too candid, especially given what/who he’s up against (and that is NOT a compliment to Harper)

  2. No responsible politician looking at that number can excuse forever and a day raising additional revenue . . . No Canadian is going to believe you.

    Excuse? Did he say (or mean) “eschew,” perhaps?

    Anyway, so far, so good. Follow up Q: Please identify the expendable expenditure(s). Yeah, yeah, you’ll have your review, but what specific federal expenditures do you presently believe can be abandoned?

    • Military.

      • Wonderful! Blues Clair declares peace on Earth! No more enemies, Canada! No more commitments with allies! Who needs allies, anyways, when everyone is your friend? Abandon military expenditure! Fire all the troops, close all the bases, stop all the procurements. Announce to the world “Canada is proudly and prosperously undefended. Please offer your friendly admiration from a safe distance. Merci – Thank You.”

        Who knew it was that easy?

        Are there any other federal expenditures worthy of abandonment, Blues, or will this one amazing plan solve everything?

        • I was lucky, as a child, one x-mas, I wrote Santa a letter asking for a GI Joe… I guess he didn’t get the letter.

          Anyways, I was just poking fun myl, anticipating your response. Free Tibet.

          • Do you have any idea how much it would cost us to free Tibet?!??!?!

          • LOL

        • Costa Rica hasn’t had an army since 1948. And their neighbourhood is arguably less safe than ours. Yet they seem to have preserved their independence and have a higher than average (for their region) standard of living.

    • I agree myl that Ignartieff and the Liberals need to get much more specific about just how they’re going to deal with these large deficits.

      Now, remind me again, what’s the plan of our actual government?

      • Hey, like I said, I am open to anyone who wants to implement a limited-government plan. And the political field is even way more open at the moment. Like, empty.

  3. Wouldn’t it be nice if there came a day when Canadians didn’t force their politicians to lie to them?

    Because it seems to me that, once they get a taste for lying to the constituents, it becomes a steady diet.

    It almost makes me want voting to be based on some kind of idiot-screening test, so politicians don’t have to pander to that portion of our population.

  4. Current gov’t’s fondness for million-dollars expenditure on 10percenters and focus groups; sly handouts to rightwing free market media types; Bev Oda’s limousine expenses; money saved on multiple glory shots on narcissistic leader – $1 million. I’m sure there’s a little fat elsewhere to cut, too.

  5. Am I the only one who can read “no-one in their right mind…” as a massive slam on Obama?

    • “Am I the only one who can read “no-one in their right mind…” as a massive slam on Obama?”

      God, I hope so.

      • Hey, Ignatieff says that no-one in their right mind would raise taxes during a recession! Obama is raising taxes in a recession! Therefore, Obama is not in his right mind, according to Michael Ignatieff!

        I’m not genuinely saying that Ignatieff is putting that point forward with any earnestness. But it is fun, isn’t it?

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