Well well well....The big yawner of a speech, to me Gordon Campbell looked very uncomfortable and several times seemed to gulp.
Highlights and lowlights, I almost laughed when Gordon Campbell stated there was no HST on legal aid, that was foolish because only the dirt poor can get legal aid, what`s left of legal aid, every legal aid office but 2 in the entire Province has been closed and funding for legal aid has been slashed...That was very insulting to those in need, especially after Basi and Virk were forgiven over $6 million in legal fees.
Campbell mentioned minimum wage earners pay little income tax, no mention that minimum wage has been frozen for 10 years and ours is the lowest in Canada by a country mile.
We were bombarded with funky charts showing us past income tax cuts, that`s why our kitchen cupboard is bare, any tax cuts have been swamped by MSP increases, massive spike in hydro rates, your average house owner is paying over $1200 dollar more per year in hydro rates then just a few years ago, and those charts, fireside chats shouldn`t require tricky charts to explain, the gall to tell us how great off we are because of income tax cuts.
I don`t know enough to comment on the early childhood learning, but, the cuts to autistic children, cuts for special needs children, cuts for the disabled, cuts to education in general, any early learning will probably be underfunded, remember the 10 great goals throne speech, Campbell didn`t fulfill any of them, the butterfly pollinates and moves on, never completes.....
And again Gordon Campbell stated that he negotiated a lower hst ...He did not, we had a 7% pst..5% gst..Combined is 12%....Campbell can`t stop spinning even on a TV speech....That is so dishonest, more than dishonest, it`s insulting to any thinking person.
The highlight, there was no highlight, the 15% tax cut in January 2011....Everyone knows how taxes work, BCers will not see that tax refund until 2012....The tax year ends in April, not December, tax cuts starting in 2011 won`t be claimed until you file in the spring of 2012....
Campbell and Hansen and the finance department have stated that BC will be in deficits for 3 more years, that`s not me saying that, Hansen and Campbell said that, these income tax cuts total about $550 million per year, how will that money be replaced, what service cuts will there be to offset the loss in revenue, what user fees will be loaded onto taxpayers to pay for these tax cuts, or will we be running larger deficits?
If you remember during the writ period of our last election when the NDP talked about tax cuts the media and the BC Liberals lambasted the ndp over fiscal irresponsibilty......
There was no mention of the escalating carbon tax, how much more will Translink dig in your pocket..More gas taxes, bigger levy on your hydro bill, a bigger chunk of property taxes, Port Mann bridge users will soon be out over $2000 dollars per year in tolls and that will rise every year....
My last point is on the income tax cuts, not until the budgets are balanced should any income tax cuts be announced, the tax cuts might make for a good sound bite but as for fiscal policy, Campbell and Hansen get a certificate for STUPIDITY!......And in case you think I`m crazy, here is a must read..."Fictitious funds can`t rescue Budget......Reality Check
And a good read from Paul Willcocks
And the money man himself...Professor David Shreck
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