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How do you explain away an increase in tariffs?

‘There are no tax increases in budget 2013’


 

NDP MP Glenn Thibeault has written to the chair of the standing committee on industry, science and technology to request a “study into the increased taxation of iPods and other goods.” (The full letter is here.) And, tomorrow morning, NDP national revenue critic Murray Rankin will visit Joe Momma, a bike store in Ottawa, to discuss the Harper government’s “bicycle tax.” Joe Momma was the backdrop for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s announcement of C-45, last year’s second budget implementation bill.

In responding to the NDP’s motion in this regard yesterday, Shelly Glover, parliamentary secretary to the Finance Minister, bravely ventured there were no tax increases contained in budget 2013.

The NDP has made up all this fearmongering dialogue about tax increases in budget 2013. There are no tax increases in budget 2013.

Somewhat similarly, Heritage Minister James Moore, responding to a question on this from Justin Trudeau this afternoon, ventured that “if we were raising the taxes the Liberals would be all for it.”  Otherwise the government’s defence seems to be three-fold: assert that theirs is a “low tax plan,” claim a desire on the part of the opposition to raise taxes and allege that to not raise tariffs would be to give special treatment to China.

Meanwhile, Mike Moffatt figures the prices of fishing gear and certain firearms are also going up.


 

How do you explain away an increase in tariffs?

  1. Another untruth they’re digging in on. This is just dumb.

  2. I don’t get why they think they can bold-faced lie to everyone like this. It’s pretty obvious that these are tax increases, it’s like they’re trying to claim the sky is green.

  3. Cons have gone down the rabbit hole again with this one. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

  4. Not even an attempt by the opposition to try to explain why Chinese manufacturers should be receiving subsidies from Canadian taxpayers? I wonder how all the unionised manufacturing workers who are seeing their union dues go to the NDP feel about “their” party supporting subsidies for Chinese manufacturers.

    • So you’re against Harper working on a free trade agreement with China?

      • No, I’m not. Do you not understand the difference between a bilateral trade agreement and unilaterally giving one nation a competitive advantage over others through discounted tariffs?

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