December 01, 2005

Early Thoughts on Harper and CPC Pledges

Harper calls for special prosecutor to watch gov't Harper wants to create a new position so that someone can go after crooked politicians and be completely non-partisan in the process. He cites that the current problem is that politicians deal with politicians and that leads to a problem of not enough impartiality. It's an interesting concept and one that I wouldn't oppose. However, let's consider how Harper wants to appoint this new federal prosecutor...

Harper said he would only appoint that official after consulting opposition parties In other words after 'consulting' the other parties he would then ignore anything he heard and appoint who he wanted? Or are we really to believe he wouldn't use any voting power he had in the House to appoint his very own crony? On the surface this sounds good, but in the end it is still just another political ploy and excuse to have a friend and ally on the public payroll. Tory tax cut promise dominates campaign day 3 Years ago when I believed in a little known party known as the Liberal Party of Canada, I once heard a promise to abolish the GST. 12 years later I'm still paying it on every little thing I purchase. Do I believe the Conservatives will reduce it like they promised? I do... just the first time though. What concerns me more is where are they going to make up the money they will no longer be receiving... probably through cuts to health care, the environment, education or another important social program. It's interesting however about how Harper is presenting this idea. He argues that the amount of money that the GST is brining in to the government has at least doubled since its introduction. Yet in the same breath he'll mention that the GST reduction is needed to kick start consumer confidence. Does anyone else see the conflict? If the GST income has doubled in the past decade then wouldn't that mean consumer spending is strong? Since GST is only placed on sales then a doubling of GST income would indicate stronger spending habits which also means there must be a strong economic situation in Canada. What also bothers me is being that the CPC are generally Neo-Conservatives, which in the present time also indicates small-minded, blind, number-fudging economists. If anyone in Ontario can recall the Neo-CONS under Harris definitely played some of this game. They borrowed money to make tax cuts (adding to our deficit), they sold money-making crown corporations (407) and lands to balance the budget and in the end they fudged numbers so they could continue to deceive Ontarians. All of this really was just so they could say they were cutting taxes and giving more of our own money back... but it came with a cost that Ontarians now have to deal with and has to some degree hand-cuffed our current government (this isn't an excuse for them). And while some people will say I shouldn't paint all neo-cons with the same brush my reply is simply that many of the same people float between provincial and federal parties so while I paint them here I guarantee they haven't cleaned themselves off when going up to the next level. A cut to the GST won't come without a cost to the public and the integrity of social system. A better plan is one that the Bloc has and hopefully soon the NDP will introduce and that is GST relief on items such as children's' clothing, books and other important and basic necessities. That would make more sense and be more useful for everyone.


Anonymous said...

Just a quick comment. I think you are jumping to a fast conclusion when you say that because the GST reveneues had doubled over last decase, it is a proof positive of consumer confidence.

Few questions:
1. Revenues doubled as in absolute or inflation adjusted terms?
2. What was the change in population of Canada over last decade?
3. More importantly, what was the change in per capita GDP?

I am not saying your conclusion it totally nonsense, I just want to see the questions above (and I am sure there is more of tehm i similar vein) answered b4 u jump to conclusion.

And last but not least - ANY tax cut is GOOD for both the population and economy - but not so good for "Big Brother Government" of which we had more than enough!

Andy from Calgary

Kyle said...

According to StatsCan over the last decade our population grew by 3 million people.

According to Canada's GDP per capita grew from $26,268 in 1994 to $32,569 in 2003.

I'm unsure about how to answer your question about absolute of inflationary terms... sorry.

I'm not sure if it's helpful but currently Canada has an unemployment rate of 6.4%. This is the lowest it has been in 30 years. Does this not also indicate a healthy economy?

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