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    In the House, Finance Minister Oliver finally attends Question Period but cannot explain why he tilts taxes + benefits to favour the more wealthy. HarperCons stand against a fairer, more generous, tax free Child Benefit that would make higher payments to 9 out of 10 families. HarperCons stand against a middle-class tax cut that would lower the middle tax rate by 7% + save Canadians $3-billion/year.
    May 11, 2015 11:45 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    ECONOMIC GOALS MUST BE GROWTH & FAIRNESS Feeble jobs and trade data last week underscore what most Canadians know only too well – the national economy continues to falter and Stephen Harper’s long-delayed budget did little to help. On trade, Canada has just posted a massive monthly trade deficit at $3-billion – second worst ever. That’s on top of 51 previous monthly deficits during the Harper government’s tenure. By contrast, preceding Liberal governments between 2003 and 2006 always ran trade surpluses. So, for all their boasting about signing a bunch of bilateral deals, the Conservative trade record is disappointing. And it’s still not at all clear whether their biggest deal – with Europe – is actually settled. It has not yet been ratified, let alone implemented, and the EU continues to balk. On jobs, the figures for April were again troubling. Almost 20,000 jobs were lost. The unemployment rate stayed flat at 6.8%, only because almost 20,000 Canadians dropped out of the labour force. For young people, the situation is twice as bad – their jobless rate is 13.6%. And sadly, this is not just a one-time blip. The recession (which Mr. Harper blames for everything) ended six years ago, but we’re still nowhere near full recovery. There are some 200,000 MORE jobless Canadians today than BEFORE the recession. The participation rate in today’s jobs market is down by two points. Canada is showing virtually no economic growth. In two of the past four months, the national economy actually shrank. In such circumstances, one of the great risks is growing inequality. Sadly, this is the type of “growth” for which the Harper government is best known. And their budget will make things worse. It’s built around an expensive “income splitting” tax break for wealthier folks. That measure provides no help whatsoever to a single Mom at the poverty line, while those earning a quarter-of-a-million will get a $2,000 bonus. That’s what the late Jim Flaherty meant when he said it was unfair. It worsens inequality – as do several other Harper tax schemes which, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, are “increasingly skewed toward high-wealth households”. As a better alternative, Justin Trudeau has announced the beginning of a plan for greater fairness and growth for Canada’s middle-class and all those working so hard just to get to the middle-class. One part of it is a new and more generous “Canada Child Benefit”. It would replace a confusing, unfocused jumble of existing benefits with a single, clean, monthly, tax-free payment that will provide significantly more support to 9 out of 10 families. And that’s coupled with a middle-class tax cut – i.e., a 7% reduction in the personal tax rate applicable to incomes in the “middle” bracket (which runs from about $45,000 to about $90,000), saving those taxpayers about $3-billion per year. The only tax rate increase proposed by Mr. Trudeau is applicable to the highest 1% of Canadian incomes, above $200,000 per year. The rate at this level of wealth would rise to 33% from 29%. All the extra revenue raised in this way would be used to pay for the rate cut in the middle bracket. The Trudeau plan is being welcomed by economic and social policy experts as “… powerful, progressive, fair, transparent and efficient …” in helping to fight poverty and improve the incomes of middle-class families.
    May 11, 2015 5:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    All the tulips that decorate Ottawa each spring are a reminder of the Victory for Freedom in Europe 70 years ago.
    May 08, 2015 8:17 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    May 08, 2015 8:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    FINANCE MOUTHPIECE EPITOMIZES WHAT'S SO WRONG! As controversy continues to swirl around Stephen Harper's belated budget -- featuring a concocted "surplus" and benefits that are heavily skewed toward wealthier households -- the Finance Minister, Joe Oliver, is mostly invisible. Apart from the afternoon on which he delivered his budget (April 21st) and one cameo appearance since, Mr. Oliver has turned up for the Daily Question Period only five times since before Christmas. All the while, Canada's economic challenges have been serious and getting worse -- so serious, we're told, that the budget had to be postponed into an entirely new fiscal year. But answering questions and providing some sense of economic confidence are not, apparently, Mr. Oliver's strong suit. So Mr. Harper has benched him. Instead, the government's favourite attack-dog, Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre, has been appointed the Conservatives' primary financial spokesperson. That says they're really not serious about the economy. There's already public ridicule of his superficial bombast. Here's Mr. Poilievre's track record: * For months, he defended the Conservative Party's illegal campaign spending tactics in the so-called "In-and-Out" scandal. In the end, after a police raid on Conservative Headquarters, the Party was charged and convicted of serious financial violations, fined the maximum the law allowed, and forced to make restitution. * In the Mike Duffy scandal, Mr. Poilievre depicted that nefarious secret payment of $90,000 by Stephen Harper's Chief of Staff as "an exceptionally honourable thing" -- so "honourable", it seems, that it's now at the centre of a criminal trial on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. * When he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, he pushed through hugely defective legislation on rail transportation. He ignored all proposed amendments, and the result was an abject shipping failure which cost farmers more than $5-billion during the disastrous winter of 2013-14. * As Minister of Democratic Reform, Mr. Poilievre championed the outrageous new law that is known far-and-wide as the "Unfair Elections Act". It makes it more difficult for some Canadians to vote, and easier for some political Parties to get away with electoral fraud. * And now he's lecturing Canadians about taxes, child benefits and balanced budgets. This government hasn't balanced a budget since BEFORE the recession and that was seven long, stagnant years ago. The hit we suffered during that recession was more severe than it needed to be because the Harper government had previously squandered the nation's fiscal strength, putting Canada in a vulnerable position. The Harper regime has the worst economic growth record of any Canadian government in eight decades. The first quarter of this year has produced net "negative growth" so far. Job losses keep mounting and job creation is weak. New jobs in all of last year were down 60% from two years earlier. Job quality is reported by the CIBC to be at its lowest ebb in 25 years. The new federal debt created by Mr. Harper has ballooned to over $4400 for every man, woman and child in the country. Median after-tax family incomes remain disappointingly mediocre, while household debt has reached an all-time record high of 165% of disposable incomes. Most people don't feel they're getting ahead, and they worry their kids' generation will do even worse. No amount of Poilievre prevarication can camouflage these hard realities of a failing government.
    May 08, 2015 6:55 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    As the favourable reviews keep rolling in, here is another about Justin Trudeau's plan for greater Middle Class Fairness http://www.canadianbusiness.com/blogs-and-comment/why-the-liberals-child-tax-benefit-proposal-makes-a-lot-of-sense/
    May 07, 2015 12:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    When confronted in Question Period with RCMP allegations about PMO connections to Duffy Audit, HarperCons duck + hide. HarperCons' lead financial voice is Minister Poilievre - who once said the $90,000 payment to Duffy was "exceptionally honourable". HarperCons see nothing wrong in tax breaks that give $2000/year to those above $200,000 income, but 0 to Single Moms in poverty.
    May 07, 2015 11:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Since Justin Trudeau's announcement of his plan for Middle-Class Fairness, most reviews have been POSITIVE, like this http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/05/06/liberal-child-benefit-plan-makes-a-lot-of-sense.html
    May 07, 2015 6:08 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCons looking desperate. Caught lying (again) about pension splitting for seniors. http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/politics/would-opposition-parties-scrap-pension-income-splitting-as-pm-insists-1.2363064
    May 07, 2015 5:08 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCons have audacity to accuse Liberals of risking deficits. This government is filled with clowns who created $150 billion in new Harper debt. Justin Trudeau's plan for Fairness for the middle class is fiscally solid and above all FAIR in helping all middle class families. The middle class tax rate will be cut across the board and non-taxable child benefits will be bigger for 9 out of 10 families.
    May 06, 2015 12:15 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In case you missed it, make sure to check out Justin Trudeau's plan for greater fairness for Canada's middle class and all those working so hard to get there http://www.liberal.ca/fairness/
    May 06, 2015 6:58 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It would appear Mr Harper's partisanship + ego knows no bounds - including compromising the safety of Canadian troops. To get the "million dollar shot" for campaign purposes, Mr Harper used troops as props in his political propaganda.
    May 05, 2015 7:16 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCons brag about the number of trade deals they've done, but deals, without a vigorous marketing plan don't create actual trade. Proof is in today's stats - all time record high trade deficit at $3 billion. HarperCons have had 50 months in deficit. Liberals never had one.
    May 05, 2015 11:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here are the two questions I asked the Harpercons in QP today - no reply, just false spin and twisted fabrications: Mr. Speaker: Only a third of Canadians can afford a TFSA. Fewer than “a quarter of that third” can afford to max-out. So it’s a tool reserved for just 8% of Canadians – the other 92% are nowhere close. To help them … the vast majority … to help 9 out of 10 Canadian families … … why not cut the middle-income tax rate … right across the board? … why not give those families a bigger Child Benefit … clean, simple, fair, Tax-Free … right across the board? Why not? Mr. Speaker: Just repeating a falsehood doesn’t make it true! Canadians are MOCKING this Minister. They don’t believe a word he says. He cannot justify WHY this tired government is fighting AGAINST a big tax cut for the Middle Class. He cannot justify WHY they’re fighting AGAINST a better Child Benefit – one that’s bigger, fairer and absolutely Tax-Free – for every Middle-Class family and all those just trying to get there. He punishes single Moms and Dads, and gives a $2,000 tax break to those earning a-quarter-of-a-million-dollars. Why?
    May 05, 2015 11:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great to see the thunderous reception for Canadian War Vets in the Netherlands - celebrating their liberation of that country 70 years ago!
    May 05, 2015 7:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Wow! In media scrum with Pierre Poilievre, journalists accuse HarperCons of lying to Canadians in the last election!
    May 04, 2015 1:01 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period: HarperCons have no defence for their tax policies which advantage 1% of Canadian households with incomes above $200,000. HarperCons reject Child Benefits for Canada's middle-class that are more fair + more generous + absolutely Tax Free. HarperCons stand firmly against cutting Personal Income Tax rate for the middle-class. They defend bonuses for most wealthy.
    May 04, 2015 11:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Take a look here for details about Justin Trudeau's plan for greater fairness for Canada's middle class and all those working so hard just to get there http://www.liberal.ca/fairness/
    May 04, 2015 10:16 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    FULFILLING THE PROMISE TO "PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS" Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other front-line emergency workers carry the serious responsibility of ensuring public safety. They are skilled professionals, trained to cope with life-threatening situations. And by the very nature of their jobs, they put their lives on the line to protect others. In return, they have the right to expect their national government will stand by them in confronting the risks they have to face. The Harper government talks a good game about public safety, with lots of pictures with people in uniforms, but their record doesn't "walk the talk". For years, public safety officers in Canada have been asking for a national "compensation benefit" to help take care of the families of those who lose their lives or suffer permanent serious disability in the line of duty. They've proposed a one-time payment of $300,000. Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved-one, but such a payment would help his/her family cope with their tragedy -- a tragedy resulting from that loved-one just doing his/her job to keep the public safe. Depending on their employer or collective agreement, some public safety officers already have such a benefit. But most don't, and it shouldn't depend on who you work for or where you live. Having heard loud and clear from firefighters and others about this issue, the Liberal Party included the concept of a Public Safety Officer Compensation Benefit in our previous election platforms. We also put a specific Motion before the current Parliament calling on the government to implement the idea. It passed, reflecting the feelings of a strong majority of Canadians and their MPs in all Parties. But still, Mr. Harper has done nothing. A new Liberal government will change that. We will introduce a national Public Safety Officer Compensation Benefit in our first budget in 2016. And we will go further to support Canada's invaluable emergency workers and first responders. In its willy-nilly slashing of federal services -- all so it can give large special tax beaks to those among us who are the wealthiest -- the Harper government gutted Canada's "Joint Emergency Planning and Preparedness" (JEPP) system. This was a longstanding arrangement whereby the federal government worked collaboratively with provinces and municipalities to ensure we have the capability at all levels to respond quickly and effectively to large-scale disasters. JEPP was hugely beneficial over the years, helping citizens and local authorities cope with floods, wildfires, ice storms and other issues like a collapsed shopping mall in Ontario. A key component was a network of emergency workers -- known as Heavy Urban Search & Rescue (HUSAR) teams -- based at five strategic locations across Canada. Since Mr. Harper killed their federal funding, these teams are withering away, leaving a big hole in emergency response capacity. A new Liberal government will restore federal support for the HUSAR teams, and work constructively with all provinces and municipalities to bolster life-saving services like these. Furthermore, we recognize the horrific circumstances that first responders and emergency workers are often called upon to witness in the line of duty. The stress and trauma are, sadly, part of the job. They're well-trained and highly-skilled, but they're also human beings who are vulnerable to the impacts of PTSD. When they need help, they should be able to get it promptly. A new Liberal government will invite the provinces and territories to join in a fully co-ordinated national approach to treating PTSD. The feds can bring to the table many experiences, good and bad, drawn form their handling or mishandling of PTSD in the military, the RCMP and among Veterans. They can also bring the resources of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Mental Health Commission. Other levels of government, academics and health professionals need to be at the table too. And it's urgent. No emergency worker should be left to suffer alone or in the shadows from the debilitating anguish that all too frequently results from discharging their duties to help others. When Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made these pledges last week in a meeting with Canada's professional firefighters, he received three standing ovations. The Canadian Police Association responded quickly too, describing these Liberal platform commitments as "a home run" for first responders. It's all about respecting and honouring those who valiantly serve their fellow citizens.
    May 04, 2015 6:05 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Commonwealth cemetery near Ypres and the Flanders Fields that John McCrae wrote about a hundred years ago.
    May 04, 2015 5:48 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Important news coming tomorrow - you can watch the announcement Livestream on https://www.liberal.ca/
    May 03, 2015 4:49 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to support Sandy Wankel and all the great people at Regina's North Central Family Centre - Art Sale Today
    May 02, 2015 4:27 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to support Sandy Wankel and all the great people at Regina's North Central Family Centre - Art Sale Today
    May 02, 2015 10:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Kitchen workers doling out the crepes at St Paul's Strawberry Fair. Great crew. Lots of customers.
    May 02, 2015 10:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Piles of Welsh Cakes ready for sale at St Paul's Cathedral Strawberry Fair!
    May 02, 2015 7:29 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    If you're in Regina in the next while, see the terrific David Thauberger exhibition at MacKenzie Gallery. Congrats David!
    May 02, 2015 6:04 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Celebrating last night w distinguished Sk artist David Thauberger at opening of his amazing exhibit at Mackenzie Gallery
    May 02, 2015 6:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Andrea Norberg+Erin Ball are the driving force behind "12th Year", a showcase of some of Regina's exceptional HS student!
    May 01, 2015 6:08 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A great crowd arriving at the Artful Dodger for the "12th Year" student recognition awards in Regina tonight. Congrats!
    May 01, 2015 5:47 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The facts on the last four months are clear
    May 01, 2015 9:47 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HarperCons in Question Period are pathetic. They claim strong economic leadership, but Canada has shown no growth in 3 of last 4 months Jobs numbers last year were DOWN 60% from 2 years earlier. Job quality is at 25 year low. Another 1000 gone yesterday in Oshawa. If HarperCons have an economic plan, it is an abject failure on both jobs+growth. HarperCons have no job creation target.
    May 01, 2015 8:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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    Finance Minister Oliver in Question Period today, but he might as well not bother. He offers no sign of concern about big job losses + no growth. The economy shrank in January by more than reported. No growth in February. Not only is oil+gas down; so is manufacturing. The economy is stalled. And today, GM kills 1,000 more Canadian jobs, + for 35% of households debt ratios are reported to be 200%. #Budget fails.
    Apr 30, 2015 11:59 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    With colleagues Marc Garneau, Kevin Lamoureux+others in special debate in House of Commons tonight about situation in Ukraine. Liberals are supporting the Canadian training mission to Ukraine. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee should visit soon to examine the training. Liberals are asking what international talks are underway about restricting Russian access to global SWIFT banking system.
    Apr 29, 2015 5:57 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Joe Oliver even misses the vote on his own Budget! The Finance Minister is supposed to be the government's leading spokesperson on all economic matters -- most especially the Budget. But right after he delivered it last week, Mr. Oliver blundered into a foolish comment about leaving economic risks to our grandchildren to solve, and he's been benched ever since. He has failed to answer any questions in Parliament. He hasn't even shown up for Question Period. And tonight, he wasn't even allowed to be in the Commons to participate in the budget vote. This reconfirms what many people suspected when Stephen Harper selected Mr. Oliver to replace Jim Flaherty last year. Mr. Harper wants a Yes-Man in that role who will simply do his bidding without question or value-added. Too bad for Canada.
    Apr 29, 2015 3:29 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The HarperCons have once again banned Finance Minister Oliver from Question Period - not available to defend his bungles. Oliver is wrong on debt paydown, wrong on growth stats, has no job creation forecast + cannot adequately explain tax breaks. His quip about leaving fiscal time-bombs for our grandchildren is typical of a government preoccupied with short-term partisan vote-buying.
    Apr 28, 2015 11:45 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Liberal policies show respect for Canada's First Responders
    Apr 27, 2015 2:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud to rep Justin Trudeau at Legislative Conference of the Canadian Police Association - announcing Public Safety Officer Compensation Benefit + full support for Heavy Urban Search and Rescue teams + national action on PTSD among 1st responders. The CPA says Mr. Trudeau hit a home run today in showing meaningful respect and action for First Responders.
    Apr 27, 2015 2:06 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    With Justin Trudeau - met Saskatoon paramedics Jarrod + Paul at 2015 IAFF Canada national meeting in Ottawa today
    Apr 27, 2015 1:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to meet Firefighters from Regina at the IAFF Canada national conference - Justin Trudeau's speech extremely well received. He pledged to Canada's First Responders that a new Liberal government will implement a Public Safety Officer Compensation Benefit. Justin got a hugely popular reception from firefighters - fighting for their concerns - 3 standing ovations..
    Apr 27, 2015 12:35 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HARPER BOOSTS TFSAs ... AT THE EXPENSE OF OAS/GIS There's growing controversy about Stephen Harper's changes to "Tax-Free Savings Accounts" (TFSAs), especially compared to how he chopped the old age pension a few years ago. He is nearly doubling the annual TFSA contribution limit (from $5500 to $10,000), thus ballooning the costs of this program by many billions of dollars and skewing it toward wealthier households. The Parliamentary Budget Officer has published a blunt critique, calling the changes "regressive". With annual contributions up to $5500, TFSAs have generally been within reach for most Canadians. But interestingly, only about one-third of all those eligible actually participate, and fewer than a quarter of that third contribute the maximum. If not used-up in one year, the room to make a TFSA contribution can be carried forward. At the existing annual limit of $5500, the average TFSA still has close to $10,000 of unused room for more contributions. So there would not appear to be a compelling case for boosting the annual limit. How many middle-class families have an extra unutilized $10,000 available in after-tax money every year to max-out? Almost doubling the limit, as Mr. Harper is doing, creates investment advantages increasingly limited to those with higher wealth. Is that good public policy? Is it affordable? These questions bring to mind the cuts Mr. Harper is imposing on Canada's Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) system. It looks like a double standard. While TFSAs are being enriched, the OAS and GIS are being curtailed in a manner that will take nearly $32,000 from the very lowest-income seniors. In the aggregate over future years, Mr. Harper's OAS/GIS reductions will generate several billions of dollars in "savings" for the federal treasury, while his expansion of TFSAs will deplete that same treasury (and the provinces too) by several billions of dollars. The trade-off is clear -- the small pensions of the least wealthy and most vulnerable seniors are being cut to make room for higher retirement incomes for the more well-to-do. That strikes a lot of people as unfair. It's important to note what the OAS/GIS are, and who benefits: * These are modest retirement income support programs provided by the federal government -- the OAS since 1952, the GIS since 1967. Beneficiaries do not contribute premiums. All Canadians (on a means-related basis) become eligible for the OAS upon reaching the age 65. If they have very little other income, they are also eligible for the GIS. * The maximum OAS monthly benefit for a single individual is currently $564. The maximum GIS is $764. That works out to a grand total of just $1,328 per month, or $15,937 per year for seniors at the lowest end of the income scale. * OAS/GIS benefits are scaled down (and eventually eliminated altogether) for those who have other higher sources of retirement income. The system is thus focused on seniors who don't have many options to support themselves in a secure and dignified way. * From a fiscal perspective, the cost of the OAS/GIS today is equal to about 2.5% of Canada's Gross Domestic Product. That's a bargain compared to many other countries where their public pension systems consume some 10% or more. * But back in 2012, Stephen Harper declared Canada's OAS/GIS to be unaffordable. He had to cut them back, he said, by phasing-in a higher eligibility age. The Conservatives rammed through a law that will hike the age over time from 65 years to 67. Unless amended, that phase-in will be completed by the year 2029, affecting everyone who is under the age of 58 today. * This attack on future lower-income seniors directly violates an explicit election promise made by Stephen Harper personally. He has broken his word. * Moreover, Mr. Harper's cuts are both ineffective and unnecessary as a cost control measure. By the time they are fully phased-in, OAS/GIS costs will be about to decline naturally because most of the Baby Boomers will already have passed through the system. Changing the age -- while damaging individual seniors -- will at most save the government less than one-third of one point of GDP. * A vast array of experts and actuaries have reported that Canada's OAS/GIS system is sound and secure and doesn't need this age-change -- including analysts with the OECD, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Auditor General, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the Fitch and Moodys rating agencies, the universities of Calgary, British Columbia and York, the Centre for Policy Alternatives, the C.D. Howe Institute and others. In short -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it. * Furthermore, delaying the eligibility age doesn't make the need go away. Losing two years of benefits will cause some of the most vulnerable seniors to fall below the poverty line. Many will have to seek social assistance from provincial governments. So the real costs just get transferred from one level of government to another. * Fundamentally, the main point is fairness. Who are the Harper government's primary victims here? They are those who must rely on OAS/GIS the most. They are those with the most meagre incomes and the fewest alternatives. They are very often single women living alone. From these Canadians, in their years between 65 and 67, Mr. Harper is going to take nearly $32,000. This policy is simply wrong. The recent TFSA enhancements make that point glaringly obvious. How can Mr. Harper claim he has to cut support for the poorest elderly widows, while his budget is bolstering the incomes of those already more affluent? Surely Canada can do better than this!
    Apr 27, 2015 6:44 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Who will benefit from the Conservative plan to double TFSAs?
    Apr 26, 2015 6:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Inyamamare Dance Group of Rwanda - performing at last night's G4G Dinner in Regina, to support Lewis Foundation, battling HIV/Aids
    Apr 25, 2015 6:11 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to support the Regina Chapter of G4G last night, raising funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, fighting HIV/Aids in Africa
    Apr 25, 2015 6:10 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Fiscally reckless Joe Oliver is dumping trouble on your grandchildren
    Apr 24, 2015 8:34 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In the House of Commons today, my colleague Geoff Regan is paying tribute to our great NS friend + stalwart, Al Graham. RIP.
    Apr 24, 2015 8:01 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period: At contributions up to $5500, TFSAs are useful and accessible to most. The doubled amount will mostly go to wealthy. Meanwhile, Harper government is slashing Old Age Security + the Guaranteed Income Supplement by $28,000 for lowest income, most vulnerable seniors. Costs of expanded TFSAs, mostly for wealthy, will be tens of billions of dollars. Poor Joe Oliver says let our grandchildren pay.
    Apr 23, 2015 11:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Thnx to Sk's Jayden Pfeifer +the Improv team from Leboldus HS in Regina - in Ottawa for Cdn Improv Games. Break a Leg!
    Apr 22, 2015 4:25 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Apr 22, 2015 12:21 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question period, Mr Harper defends Finance Minister Oliver for saying future generations can worry about long-term costs of tax cuts for the wealthy. Doubling TFSAs disproportionately helps the wealthy while HarperCons are taking $28,000 from most vulnerable seniors. Fair?
    Apr 22, 2015 12:18 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Liberal Deputy Leader Ralph Goodale provides his reflections on the government's 2015 federal budget on Facebook.
    Apr 21, 2015 9:16 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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