OTTAWA- This morning Liberal Finance and National Revenue critic Scott Brison submitted more than 3,000 amendments to Bill C-45, the Conservative government’s second omnibus budget bill, to the House of Commons Finance Committee.
“There are many problems with this bill and I sincerely hope the Finance Committee will be able to debate and vote on each of these amendments before the committee’s self-imposed deadline of Wednesday,” said Mr. Brison. “Of course if the Conservatives stopped trying to hide everything from tax hikes to gutting environmental protections in these massive omnibus bills then Parliamentarians would not have to resort to such measures.”
Examples of some of the Liberal Party’s substantive amendments include:
- Stopping the hidden Conservative tax grab on small business by expanding the hiring credit for small business. The Conservatives are trying to trick Canadians into believing the 2012 hiring credit will freeze E.I. premiums for small businesses. Instead, it actually includes a hidden $0.07 E.I. rate increase. This amendment would offset that increase.
- Stopping the drastic cuts to the Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Credit by extending the phase out period during which capital expenditures can qualify, so that capital intensive industries have more time to adapt to the changes and better plan for the future.
- Improving the definition of aboriginal fishery to ensure it includes the right to earn a “moderate livelihood,” as set out in the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision of R v. Marshall.
“These substantive amendments and many others are critical to improving this very flawed omnibus legislation,” said Mr. Brison. “As we did last spring, the Liberal Party will continue to lead the opposition against the Conservatives’ anti-democratic budget bills.”