Government offers the rest of us ‘Stale Crumbs’
From Rick Smith, Executive Director, Broadbent Institute
March 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
I was on Parliament Hill this March 22nd while the Liberal government delivered its second federal budget.
I’m sorry to report that the poorest and most vulnerable Canadians have been told to stand at the back of the line while the richest Canadians continue to unfairly benefit at the expense of the majority.
Budget 2017 explicitly recognizes income inequality as a concern but does virtually nothing to solve the problem. Rather than taking a bite out of the juicy tax loopholes that unfairly benefit the richest Canadians, the Trudeau government has offered up only a few stale crumbs.
Despite significant public attention, and overwhelming support for action, the 2017 budget completely ignores the inequitable tax treatment of stock options, capital gains and dividends, which are only available to the richest amongst us and which – every year – deprive the federal government of billions of dollars that could be spent to improve the lives of Canadians. In the area of income inequality, the Trudeau government has acknowledged the problem but failed to take action on a solution.
We need to hold the federal government accountable to their promises. Today’s budget makes clear that it’s only through sustained pushing that we will continue to make progress.
Here at the Broadbent Institute, we’re going to keep working everyday to change the game. Join us.
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We are proud of Canada’s tradition as a diverse, fair, just, and inclusive society. These values matter to us today and they matter to our future. The vast majority of Canadians share these progressive values.
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