Thomas Mulcair versus taxes

‘Never… Period. Full stop.’

by Aaron Wherry

While in St. John’s, the NDP leader explains that he won’t raise personal taxes.

“I am categorical on that,” he said. “Several provinces are now at the 50 per cent rate. Beyond that, you’re not talking taxation; you’re talking confiscation. And that is never going to be part of my policies, going after more individual taxes. Period. Full stop.”

… He said the NDP would spend money on different things, and the NDP would make cuts, but they would be better cuts. “Yes, you can order your priorities differently. Yes, there is enough money there,” he said. “This is the type of thing that has to be done with a scalpel. They’re hacking away with a rusty machete. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re lousy managers, and the NDP will provide really competent public administration.”

This basically lines up with my conversation with Mr. Mulcair in December.

Whenever the question of inequality comes up, and really the question of anything to do when the government is in deficit and trying to get back to balance, is the question of revenue and taxes. Are you prepared to raise taxes in any way?

I ran a campaign on that. And I was categorical. And I won. And I’m going to stick to that.

So no raising taxes?

That’s not part of my plan. At all. Look at my history as a public administrator. I held a deputy-minister-level position as president of the Office des professions du Québec from 87 to 93. Go pull out my annual reports. Look at the budget figures, look at the number of employees. Pull out my three years as minister of the environment of Quebec. Look what I did at number of employees, look what I did with budgets, but I still managed to increase by 51% the number of inspections. That’s good public administration. I consider myself a public administrator first and foremost. I want to be able to run the country in the public interest. And that’s one of the things I can communicate honestly to public, is that in our government no member of our cabinet is ever going to be asked to serve any powerful interest other than the public interest. And that’s a straight-up thing that we’re going to be able to tell the public.

Going back to the NDP leadership campaign, here is what he told the Toronto Star in February 2012.

“Canadians who are going to be making a choice in the next election … have to be reassured that the person who is asking them for their votes and says they want to form a government — that person has to look the Canadian voter in the eye and say … ‘The last thing that is going to be imposed on you as an individual is more taxation unless there is no other way,” he said.

Mulcair said even if the tax bracket was pegged at $1 million, “the only thing the voter will hear ‘is these guys want more taxes.’”

His comments in St. John’s seem to specifically rule out higher personal taxes. He has previously ruled out increasing sales taxes and taxes for high-income earners.

At the same time, he opposes the reductions in the corporate tax rate that the Harper government has implemented and, I’m told, is in favour of a corporate rate that is competitive with the combined corporate rate in the United States. During the leadership campaign he proposed to “provide tax credits and incentives to companies that create jobs rather than across the board corporate tax cuts that have failed to generate new private sector investment” and “make the implementation of a Financial Transaction Tax a key priority in global economic negotiations.”




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Thomas Mulcair versus taxes

  1. Good stuff, Tommy. That should provide cover for the hordes
    red-in-tooth-and- claw chuckies that were just waiting for an
    excuse to vote for you. You’ll go far, young man.

  2. Anyone foolish enough to believe this when every NDP government in provinces to date has raised taxes and left more debt? History says 100% of the time NDP lie on this.

    And with all the NDP pandering with other peoples money, our money, how is a NDP going to keep this promise? Fact is Mulcair has no plan other than to lie to the people for a vote. Mulcair has expanded his personal debt 11 times, never has with his 6 digit partially tax free salary paid off his mortgage. He is a debt junkie in his personal life even though he has the loot to pay it off and show fiscal responsibility.

    And don’t get me started on dual allegiances. Sorry Mulcair, I have the rest of my money ready to leave Canada should your socialist-statist greed ever get in office.

    • You’re name isn’t Pamela is it? Liberals, Conservatives are corrupt. Full stop.

  3. Makes sense to me. I like his use of the term “confiscation”

  4. Every NDP government in Canada’s history has raised taxes. Why would Mulcair suddenly go against everything his party stands for? Simple: because he won’t.

    Just look at Greg Selinger in Manitoba. Promised, repeatedly, during the last election that he would not raise taxes. Within 3 months of winning re-election… tax hike. Next years budget? Biggest tax hike in the provinces history.

    Mulcair is lying, plain and simple, to try to win Liberal votes. And Trust Fund Trudeau, the millionaire saviour of the middle class, will tell the same lie (when he gets around to actually talking about what he’d do. But there’s weed to smoke, and it’s summer. Governing isn’t that important).

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