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Reality Check: Liberals will not raise taxes on families

Posted on April 3, 2011

In Stephen Harper’s campaign speeches and in a new attack ad today, Conservatives continue to mislead Canadians and distract from their own record of broken tax promises with false claims that the Liberal Party will implement a carbon tax, raise the GST, and implement an iPod tax.  Conservative claims about Liberal tax policies for families are simply not true.

Here’s the reality:

A Liberal government will not increase taxes on families.  Liberals will not increase personal income tax rates, sales taxes or the small business tax rate.

Michael Ignatieff has clearly stated he will not raise the GST: “And so we’ve got to be very clear in the next election. We are not going to increase the tax burden on the Canadian family. It’s not going to happen. Don’t believe what they tell you. Don’t believe what they say.” (Michael Ignatieff, speech to the Liberal Caucus, January 25, 2011)

The Liberal Party is unequivocal in its opposition to an iPod levy: “The Liberal Party does not support the iPod levy.  It is not sustainable in a world of changing technology, and is unpopular with consumers,” said Marc Garneau, Liberal Industry, Science and Technology Critic. “Canadians are already using multipurpose media devices to listen to music, like Blackberries, iPhones, iPads and computer livestreaming, on which the levy would not apply.” (Liberal Party press release, December 16, 2010)

Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party do not support a carbon tax and will not introduce one.  Instead, “We will quickly put in place a cap-and-trade system. Ideally, such a system would become global. It must be verifiable. It must be binding. And it must lead to absolute reductions in the amount of carbon pollution we spew into the atmosphere.” (Michael Ignatieff’s Speech on Liberal environment, climate change and clean energy jobs plan, Laval Quebec, November 29, 2009)

The Liberal Party’s policy on taxation is in the fully costed Liberal Platform – and it includes no tax increases on families.  The Conservative Party is the least credible source of information for what a Liberal government will do – and Conservative claims about the Liberal Party’s tax policy when it comes to families are complete fiction.

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