December 2, 2005

GOOD POLITICS, BAD POLICY:

GST: Great Strategy by Tories (Toronto Sun, 12/02/05)

How can Prime Minister Paul Martin and the Liberals possibly object to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's welcome promise to reduce the GST from 7% to 5%?

Yesterday, Harper said a Conservative government would reduce the national sales tax immediately to 6% -- and to 5% within five years.

Not only would this offer much-needed, if modest, tax relief to all Canadians, it would also help stimulate our economy by giving retail sales a boost.

As for the predictable attacks yesterday by Martin and Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, have they forgotten that Jean Chretien promised to scrap the GST during the 1993 campaign -- and blatantly broke that pledge once in power?


They ought to scrap other taxes and keep the consumption tax, but it's funny that the tax that helped knock them from power could help them now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2005 12:00 AM
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