Its proposals to lower middle-class tax rates, to expand means-tested post-secondary grants, to provide generous child benefits, and to increase financial support for public infrastructure, in particular, will be useful for Canada’s middle class. But there is more the government can do to deliver on this overarching policy objective, says the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
The following is an excerpt from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s first policy paper from its series From a Mandate For to a Plan to Govern. The full paper can be found here.
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