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More attempts to buy votes.

If anyone wants a reason why Flaherty is doing a mini-economic statement/mini-budget/tax cut announcement, this new poll (courtesy of Decima, h/t to Steve) should tell you why: the Tories are still stagnant and were actually DROPPING their lead, despite Bob Fife’s disbelief on CTV that the Canadian public isn’t falling in love with Mr Harper.

Meanwhile, one place that all this Budget surplus ISN’T going is to the people that really need it the most. An example: I saw a story on London’s A-Channel News this evening of the regional London labour groups offering a cheque for $12 000 to a local women’s shelter that helps abused women. Very admirable…. but why are they doing it? Well, its federal funding has been shut down, and the local groups decided to rally and give this shelter the donation, else it would have closed in a few weeks when the last of its funds dried up.

You would THINK that this is the type of project that would be worthy of getting some of that extra budget surplus money, but Harper’s government is proving Red Toryism is a dying breed in his Conservative Party. Rather, a couple of politically expedient tax cuts in an attempt at regaining political popularity. The personal tax cuts are nothing more then the resurrection of prior Liberal tax cuts, that were killed when Harper came to power, and the second is a GST tax cut which many economists agree is a bad approach economically.

There isn’t even an attempt by this bunch of saying “dribble-down economics” is at play here, and will soon help the poor and less fortunate in the society. The Conservatives and this version of neo-conservatism they espouse simply don’t care about the disadvantaged in society (probably one reason why Harper and the Cons. are so disliked by women in recent polls) and believe they can get away with it, hoping that they can distract enough Canadian voters in the middle-class to get their holy grail – the majority government.

The Toronto Star sums it up nicely:

When the price of tax cuts is not fighting poverty and helping those who need it the most, the poor pay the price for the tax cuts that go disproportionately to middle- and upper-income groups. When the price is crumbling municipal infrastructure, it is urban residents who end up bearing the cost. When a tax cut means there isn’t enough money to invest in post-secondary education, students are shortchanged. As attractive as tax cuts may appear, Canadians need to ask themselves whether they are worth the price of neglecting pressing social and economic problems, such as poverty, the deterioration of our cities and the other public investments that can make a country great.

9 comments to More attempts to buy votes.

  • Observant

    Go take a walk on Wellington and Dundas … because you are obviously desperate to put us on a ‘progressive’ guilt trip over all those things you mention .. abused women, help the poor and less fortunate … all because you know the Dion Liberals are disintegrating, so you are sounding like a Dipper now.

    What you should understand is that abused women, the poor, the sick and youth don’t vote .. because they are basically stupid people.  If  you are trying to put Canadians on a guilt trip with your tripe .. forget it .. you’re blowing in the wind.

  • ALW

    Oh! Five polls! Well then.  Of course, if you bothered to go look at the poll history at nodice, they’re basically all within the margin of error.  But who cares about details like that? Certainly not you.  You’d just rather blather on about what a bunch of assholes conservatives are.  How mature.

    Speaking of which, it’s obvious from your daily rants you have absolutely understanding of why conservatives support the policies they do.  Your thought process seems to go something like this: there are poor people, they need help.  Ergo, we the only proper solution is to tax money from other people to help those poor people.  Anyone who opposes helping poor people in this manner is a selfish jerk.  Anyone who doesn’t support a government solution to a problem has no heart.  Anyone who doesn’t demonstrate concern for a problem in the same way that I do is an idiot.
    It’s not enough for you to say “I think these people have it wrong”.  No, you need to repeatedly and loudly insist that they all have black hearts and are deliberately out to crush and harm the underprivileged.  I expect that kind of childish motive ascription to a six year old, not a grown man.Have a little class, Scott.  Or don’t you know what that is?

  • Actually Aaron, 5 polls in recent weeks show the Tories stagnant or dropping in support.. only the Ipsos poll shows the "majority" government support for Harper, which YOU pushed as soon as it came out.

    And again, the poll isn’t the real aim of this blogpiece, but how the (neo)Conservatives continue to ignore the downtrodden and poor in our society. They COULD spend more money on them with the surplus, but they choose to ignore them because its not a fit with their ideology, nor do they feel they will gain the most votes there..

    THAT is what is really lame, Aaron.

  • ALW

    When I woke up this morning and read the local paper and saw the new Harris poll showing the Tories dropping, guess who I thought of? And guess what I predicted you’d say?  Yeah, exactly.

    Don’t you find it at least at little intellectually dishonest to continue to peddle whatever polls you like as "proof" that the Tories are perpetually an inch away from total collapse, whilst ignoring whatever poll doesn’t fit with your preferred narrative?  More to the point, is it tactically sound to base all your political calculations on polls that have gone up and down like a yo-yo since Harper was elected?  When the polls are good for you, you can’t shut up about them.  When they’re bad, you don’t say a peep.  It’s just lame, Scott.

  • "The personal tax cuts are nothing more then the resurrection of prior Liberal tax cuts…"

    I suppose that all the criticisms in this post could then be applied to the Liberal Party as well as the CPC? What were those Liberals thinking, giving out tax cuts when they could have been giving money to womens shelters!? Heartless neo-conservative bastards!

    At least try to be consistent in your rants.

  • "It would be refreshing if you people could actually remove your partisan blinders occassionally."

    Now that’s rich (in irony).

  • "…I saw a story on London’s A-Channel News this evening of the regional London labour groups offering a cheque for $12 000 to a local women’s shelter that helps abused women. Very admirable…. but why are they doing it? Well, its federal funding has been shut down, and the local groups decided to rally and give this shelter the donation, else it would have closed in a few weeks when the last of its funds dried up."

    Bake sales and garage sales up north.  Hooray for fiscal priorities.

    The Stephen Harper Party is putting a Northern spin on Grover’s master plan, one essential program at a time.

  • "Buy votes" by giving people back THEIR money. That’s rich (no pun intended)!

  • Right. Removing 350,000 people from the tax rolls – totally senseless. The poor benefit the most from this budget. It would be refreshing if you people could actually remove your partisan blinders occassionally.

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