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COLUMN: Kinsella – Trudeau is the man for Liberal leadership

- June 12th, 2012

Justin time for Liberal leadership

by Justin Trudeau

How serious is a Justin Trudeau candidacy for Liberal Party leader?

Serious enough that the smearmongers are now frantically trying to stop his momentum. Serious enough that nasty rumours and scurrilous allegations are now being circulated in some Grit circles — anonymously, natch — to try to persuade the Montreal Liberal MP to stay out of the coming contest. Read more…

Liberal values. Really?

- December 14th, 2011
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Jean Chretien - old and tired. Not the man but his ideas.

The Liberals are big on values these days as they try to rebuild but what those values say about them is a bit puzzling.

They appear to favour choice when it comes to abortion and killing unborn children but oppose choice for farmers that want to sell their wheat to the customer of their choosing.

They oppose prison and getting tough on crime unless those being sent to jail include western wheat farmers, people that refuse to fill out the census properly and law abiding gun owners.

A viewer pointed out something about Jean Chretien’s fundraising letter for the Liberals. While he speaks about Canadian values and claims only the Liberals can uphold them, what he’s really talking about are Liberal policies and government programs. But since Liberals seem to think government is the be all and end all, perhaps that is to be expected.

 

Liberals call for tax cuts for people that don’t pay taxes

- June 7th, 2011

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae wants more tax breaks for people that pay no tax. File photo, Andre Forget, QMI Agency

One of the aspects of the tax policy the Conservative Party has adopted that has annoyed hard core fiscal conservatives is Stephen Harper’s love affair with boutique tax cuts. Forget across the board cuts that please economists, the Harper Conservatives figured out that offering people a tax break for something they already do, like procreating or joining a gym, was the better path to political success.

It may annoy economists but voters seem to like it.

Turns out that these tax cuts also annoy the Liberals because they are tax cuts and not a social program.  Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae stood in the Commons on Tuesday and asked why the government wasn’t also giving this tax break to people that don’t pay taxes.

Hon. Bob Rae (Toronto Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will be aware that 25 million Canadians file their income taxes. Of those 25 million, 15 million actually pay taxes and 10 million do not.

I have a very simple question for the Prime Minister. In dealing with the tax credits which were announced in the budget for piano lessons and art lessons and for taking care of loved ones, I would like to ask the Prime Minister why 10 million Canadians and more have been cut off and disqualified from being able to receive those tax credits because they have not–

The Speaker The Speaker: The Right Hon. Prime Minister.

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate also the member for Toronto Centre on becoming the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

The budget has many important programs, many important benefits, some of which the leader of the Liberal Party mentioned, including some of the important tax credits for Canadian families, for caregivers and for children’s arts. I would encourage the Liberal Party rather than just saying it should be more to actually look at these things as positive benefits and support these benefits for Canadians.

What Rae wants are “refundable tax credits” which aren’t really tax credits at all but social programs administered by the tax system. Let’s say you made $20,000 and have two kids. Chances are you are already refunded any tax you have paid because your income is so low. But let’s say you still scraped together $500 for piano lessons. Bob Rae wants to you to get the further tax break even though you have already been refunded all the tax you pay and possibly then some.

At that income and with two kids, assuming you are a single parent living in Rae’s Toronto riding, you also already get $8,924.88 per year from the Canada Child Tax Benefit and associated programs. Chances are you also qualify for social housing, if any is available, and can qualify for subsidized daycare and even subsidized art and sports activities from your local municipality.

It’s tough being poor. It’s tough raising kids on low income. But giving people more in tax breaks than they ever paid in taxes isn’t the answer. That doesn’t let them hold their head high it turns them into clients of the state who feel they had to take a handout.

See John Robson’s excellent piece on how this kind of dependency just further grows government for another take on the matter.

Here’s a crazy idea…….stop taxing the poor and let them keep more of the money they earn through work.

I remember asking John Manley, back when he was finance minister, why he didn’t adopt this approach instead of expanding subsidies and he looked at me like I had four heads. The idea that taxing people at a high rate and then sending them government cheques of equal or greater value seemed completely reasonable to him.

Bob Rae wants to take it one step further. Give tax breaks to people that don’t pay tax.

Related: Poverty vs Low Income

Where do the Liberals go from here?

- May 8th, 2011

Bob Rae speaks to reporters in Ottawa in February. Andre Forget QMI Agency

The biggest question Liberals have to answer isn’t what went wrong in last week’s election but where do they stand as a party?

Liberals used to claim they were a centrist party, one that stole a little from the left and a little from the right and straddled the mushy middle of Canadian politics. That positioning was enough to make them the most successful political party in the Western world for most of the 20th century.

The last two elections though they have run campaigns from the left and lost.

Stephane Dion’s Green Shift plan wasn’t so much about the environment as it was about redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor. It was in a sense, pure socialism.

When Michael Ignatieff came in as Liberal leader thanks to his bloodless coup it looked as if he was going to move the party back to the centre. It never really happened.

Ignatieff, who was never trusted fully on the left because of his Iraq war stance and support for “coercive interrogation” techniques, kept his party on a leftward tilt. After losing seat after seat to the Conservatives over the last few elections, the Liberal brain trust decided to target NDP voters rather than the former Liberal voters who had moved over to the Tories.

On areas where Ignatieff could have gained some support, like calling for a pull-out from Afghanistan, he deeked right and called for Canadian troops to stay. They did and he gave Stephen Harper cover on the issue.

Now we have talk of the Liberals and NDP merging. A formerly successful Liberal prime minister pushing a formerly unsuccessful NDP premier as Liberal leader and the NDP saying they don’t want to merge, things are going just peachy these days.

If the Liberals were still a centrist party they would never talk of merging with the NDP. The fact that they are shows how far left they have drifted and speaks volumes of their identity crisis and their ongoing losses.

The next few months will be interesting.

When did conservatives become jihadis?

- March 7th, 2011
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Bob Rae recently refered to "jihadis" in the Prime Minister's Office during a news conference. ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY

There’s a strange thing going on with people on the left losing all sense of reality when they refer to people on the right as “jihadis.”

Bob Rae recently did this when he blasted the Harper government at a news conference. From David Akin’s report….

“Meanwhile, Liberal MP Bob Rae blamed the Oda controversy on Prime Minister Stephen Harper for creating a culture in his office where unelected political staffers — which he described as “25-year-old jihadis” — routinely overrule ministers, senior bureaucrats and senior diplomats.”

As conservative activist Stephen Taylor has pointed out, this wasn’t the first time Rae used the term.

Then this past weekend the Toronto Star’s Queen’s Park columnist Martin Regg Cohn came to the defence of his Liberal premier when he described Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s supporters as Islamic terrorists.

Dalton McGuinty thought he only had to worry about his Tory and NDP opponents on the campaign trail.

Now the premier faces a third foe this fall: Mayor Rob Ford and the army of loyal jihadis he claims to command in the “Ford Nation.”

via Cohn: Why Ford Nation won’t slay McGuinty – thestar.com.

So, is this a trend where the people who call for calm and serious dialogue deem their opponents Islamic terrorists? Because that’s what a jiahdi is, someone who uses terror to promote their twisted view of Islam.

Is anyone going to defend this?