August 21, 2006

Liberals Make Big Mistake in Keeping GST at 6%

Liberals Make Big Mistake in Keeping GST at 6%

John McCallum got me pretty angry this morning when he said that if elected, the Liberals would keep the GST at 6%. The entire election campaign, we Liberals said income tax cuts were a better way at re-distributing wealth and we said the Tories got the economics wrong.

Now we admit they were right all along and we know jack shit about the economy, Thanks John!

For the record, I still believe cutting the GST is really a cash grab for rich people. I propose raising it back up to 7, putting that one point to foreign aid, bringing our GDP total to 0.62% of GDP, inching closer to 0.7%


Ignatieff Falls for the Same Trap as Stephane Dion

My dear leadership hopeful has stumbled into a political trap, saying he would work towards making his Cabinet 50% female. With caucus 25% female, it would presently mean that statically, better qualified men would get appointments based on their genitilia. We do not fight discrimination with reverse discrimination. Cabinet appointments should be representative of the caucus you have. Presently, the Liberals have 20% women in their caucus, if Cabinet were to be formed by this bunch, with about 30 jobs to give out, 20% of men would be in cabinet and 75% of women. Tell me how this is good public policy.

As for appointments, sure 50% is fine because the pool is larger. With caucus, you really have to put gender aside and choose the best. In the end, it will be close to representative of the caucus you have.

Get more women elected first. Make a parliamentary program helping women MPs handle raising a child while dealing with the strains of being an MP. I think this should be an quadri-partisan effort, maybe a parliamentary committee. Me and Martha talked a little about this. That interview will be available soon.

6 Commentaires:

Blogger cat mutant a dit...

Raising the GST back to 7% will surely make the Liberals popular again to take back parliment. The Canadian public is always happy about more taxes.

Antonio, the GST has become the symbol of hated taxes. Regardless on whether cutting the GST or personal income tax would be more beneficial to the average Canadian, people have noticed that the dreaded 7% GST has been lower to 6%. For the average Canadian, this means lower taxes, and they feel happier, regardless of whether a cut in personal income tax would have enabled them to keep more of their money than a cut in GST.

Therefore, raising GST back to 7% is political suicide. Can you imagine the Liberals running on a platform where they want to raise the GST back to 7%? I'm sure that will go over very well with the public and be popular. The idea of raising the GSt back would be opening up the party to attacks from all sides... Conservatives would say they the Liberals want more of your money, the Bloc would say Ottawa wants more of your money, and the NDP... well who cares about the NDP.

The point is that raising the GST won't help too much in forming a governing party next election. You might as well be handing the Conservatives a majority government, and weakening an already extremely weak and tarnished image in Quebec and Western Canada.

8/21/2006 1:24 p.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

Economics aside, and I agree with you on the economics, we need to live in reality, and the bell can't ne unrung. Do you really want to campaign on a one per cent increase in the GST. Seriously?

As for gender and cabinet, you're taking the engine out of the car and complaining it won't run. The first step is to get more qualified women to run, then elected, then you will have a pool of well qualified men and women to select your cabinet from. It won't happen overnight.

8/21/2006 2:32 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

I agree Jeff,

what I am saying is stop proposing the chicken before even hatching the egg.

8/21/2006 2:41 p.m.  
Blogger elvis a dit...

I think that anyone who is in favor of getting rid of quotas and affirmative action in our party should start by scrapping the Young Liberals, who have an outrageously over-proportionate amount of power within the party. It's simply not fair. Whaddaya say, Antonio?

8/21/2006 7:03 p.m.  
Blogger Jason Cherniak a dit...

Gender equality as a goal is a trap? I obviously disagree.

8/21/2006 8:08 p.m.  
Blogger Joe Edmonton a dit...

Hey I have an idea. Lets tell everyone that we'll scrap the GST, and then when we're elected we'll just keep it.
Worked before

8/21/2006 8:51 p.m.  

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