While the middle class—especially individuals with taxable incomes in the $90,000-$100,000 range—have benefitted from Liberal tax cuts, those Canadians with taxable incomes of $45,283 or less have been left out even though their need for extra income was obviously greater.
In the 2018 budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the name of the program will be changed to Canada Workers Benefit, though all Morneau did was to lift the benefits of the existing working income tax benefit, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
TORONTO—The Trudeau government loves to talk up what it calls Canadian values. But is it a Canadian value to put high-income Canadians ahead of low-income Canadians?
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Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.