I’m suspicious. I actually find the NDP proposed tax plan, revealed Thursday, quite reasonable: first time I can remember a budget plan that doesn’t somehow, somewhere hit the majority of us … seniors, young families, the vast middle class and even the poor.
I’m suspicious: is this just the pre-election version … hitting the rich, the corporations and large institutions … with the other shoe (or a few of them) to drop on the rest of us if the party does take power?
I’m suspicious: are they going to tell us “things were much worse than they knew when they drew up their plan” so a few more tax changes (increases) … aha, here’s where WE come in … are unavoidable.
I’m suspicious: why haven’t they said anything (and why haven’t the working media asked?) about those ever-present, ever-increasing, ever-expanding “fees” provincial governments hit us with every year?
What plans do they have for: gasoline taxes; ferry fares; toll roads; transit fees; MSP premiums; drivers’ licenses; booze; cigarettes (or my pipe tobacco!!); provincial park fees; hunting fees; court fees etc. etc. etc.???
I’m surprised no one has put that to NDP Leader Adrian Dix, NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston or, for that matter, the leaders and financial gurus of the other parties as well.
How many times have we watched with great trepidation every provincial budget to see …not IF , but HOW we are all going to be squeezed even more ..well beyond the rate that our wages or pensions ever rise.
And adding all those “fee” increases to all kinds of municipal and regional fee increases (not to mention municipal, regional, school board taxes) is what really hurts those without convenient ways to get around them or skillful ways to reduce them.
Let no party go unquestioned about those key “hits” the middle class are always hit with and are forced to absorb, because realistically, there’s almost no way to get around them.
If the media don’t or won’t do it, YOU can at various campaign rallies, when the local candidate comes knocking, through on-line opportunities to talk to party spokespeople or when any of them appear on radio talk shows (tell them Harvey sent you. LOL.).
The parties should come clean: Tell us NOW if that’s all part of their secret plan to hit us all … after they take power.