Recklessly cut taxes.
Manufacture a budget crisis.
Justify deep cuts to spending.
Go to 1.
According to Harper’s 2009 budget, his first step added up to $44-billion/yr in reckless tax cuts:
Tax Relief Since 2006 Including Measures in Budget 2009
|Personal tax cuts||12.0||15.3||13.1||13.6||14.2||14.9|
|Business tax cuts||5.3||7.1||8.6||10.4||13.8||14.9|
|Total tax cuts||28.9||33.9||33.9||37.1||41.8||44.4|
To put this in perspective, Harper blew threw the $14-billion Liberal surplus he inherited, then blasted a $30-billion/yr hole in the budget.
Harper’s disgusting agenda is to put any future government in a fiscal straight-jacket.
If they attempt to reverse the tax cuts, the Cons can raise the alarm: “tax and spend socialists want to raise your taxes!” If they do nothing, any spending promises will amount to nothing more than token measures.
Go to step 1
Harper’s 2015 election promises of income splitting and doubling the Tax Free Savings Account tax haven — tax cuts that predominantly benefit wealthy Canadians — is his step 4: that is, go to step 1.
We need real leadership that has the balls to stand up to Harper’s morally-bankrupt agenda to cripple government and destroy the social safety net.
Real change means undoing the damage Harper has done, not cementing it in place with a vow not to raise taxes.