Brian Lilley - February 14th, 2014
Promise worth keeping
by Brian Lilley
Jim Flaherty’s musing that the Conservatives are backing away from their promise to make the tax system fairer for all families is turning from musing to government policy.
The day after his budget, Canada’s finance minister began trash-talking a key election pledge by calling income splitting a shiny bauble, one he didn’t like.
That’s weird because back in 2011, Flaherty and the rest of the Conservatives ran on this simple promise: Once the budget is balanced, families with kids under 18 will be able to split up to $50,000 of income to lower the tax burden.
When Flaherty began saying he’d rather pay down debt than provide income splitting, it led to speculation that Flaherty and Prime Minister Harper, who personally made the promise in 2011, were at odds.
Not so. Read more…
Brian Lilley - July 16th, 2012
Canada is alive and well, thank you
by Monte Solberg
Recently I received an e-mail from someone who informed me that Stephen Harper had destroyed Canada.
This was news to me because, even as I read his e-mail, I was sitting in Canada, which didn’t look like it had been destroyed. Being a nice summer day, Canada looked especially lovely dressed in greens against a backdrop of blue sky.
Nevertheless, I sensed my virtual friend was angry and I suppose it was his opinion that Stephen Harper had made Canada a less attractive place to live. Read more…
Brian Lilley - June 28th, 2012
Harper an effective federalist champion
by Eric Duhaime
Quebec has historically been the key battleground to win or lose a federal election. Since the arrival of the Bloc Quebecois in Ottawa 20 years ago, however, the political weight of Quebec has drastically declined.
If you look at the efforts of the political parties who are all trying to court voters in La Belle Province these days, you might think the good old days are back. Read more…
Brian Lilley - June 18th, 2012
At G20, top euro leader blows up at Harper
by David Akin
LOS CABOS, Mexico — Maybe it was the 35 C heat here on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Maybe it was the pressure of the crisis he faces back home.
Whatever it was, when I asked European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso here Monday why Canada should risk its financial good name to bail out European banks, Barroso blew a diplomatic gasket. Read more…
Brian Lilley - May 25th, 2012
EI changes will work out: But Pogey Express loses its first-class seats
by Brian Lilley
Are there no poorhouses?
You would think from the reaction to the plan to change the Employment Insurance system that the Harper Conservatives were looking to send people into poorhouses if they applied to collect pogey. In fact, a few weeks back, when the changes were first discussed, Liberal MP Wayne Easter warned of work camps.
Instead, the changes unveiled by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley on Thursday simply make it so frequent flyers on the pogey express don’t get a first-class ride. Under the new rules, those who have had three or more turns on EI in the last five years and collected 60 weeks of benefits will now only have six weeks to find a job in their chosen field before they are encouraged to look for something in another line of work. Read more…