What Tony Clement meant when he said those things


Last month, Tony Clement seemed to raise the possibility of new or higher user fees. A day later he seemed to disavow the possibility of new user fees. And a few days after he seemed to categorically dismiss the possibility. And so here is how his office now explains plans by various departments to increase user fees.

Mr. Clement’s office explains that the minister was only ruling out higher user fees as part of his Strategic and Operating Review process, which will be detailed in the 2012 budget. That doesn’t prevent government departments from raising fees outside of that plan.


What Tony Clement meant when he said those things

  1. “Asking Canadians and industry to pay more for government services appears to be one way federal departments are managing the wave of cost-cutting demands as the Harper government attempts to erase Canada’s $32.3-billion deficit.”

    This is when I wish our msm was allowed to have an opinion and ask pols proper questions. It would be brilliant if someone asked PM Harper about Becker’s research because I am 99% certain Harper agrees with Becker’s findings. 

    No point in asking Clement anything because he prefers to hide behind Baird’s skirt than answer questions and that tells us all we need to know about what kind of person Clement is. 

    How long are Reform types going to put up with Conservative Party acting a lot like Progressive Con Party of Mulroney years? 

    Gary Becker: 

    He also presented evidence that discrimination is more pervasive in more-regulated, and therefore less-competitive, industries. The idea that discrimination is costly to the discriminator is common sense among economists today, and that is due to Becker.


    Mike Moffatt: 

    Productivity declines as the tax rate increases, as people choose to work less. The higher the tax rate, the more time people spend evading taxes and the less time they spend on more productive activities. So the lower the tax rate, the higher the value of all the goods and services produced. 


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