The Harper government's announcement that it will change the laws regarding capital gains taxes to encourage more charitable giving strikes an ominous note for the country's political culture. Harper is mimicking -- through tax incentives -- the Conservatives in Britain who are trying to pull the same trick with what they call the Big Society initiative: promoting the privatization of social services through increased private giving. Both efforts smack of social engineering from the right. When Harper stated that he we would not recognize the country after he was through, this is in part what he was talking about.
Stephen Harper knows he can't come right out and reveal his radical agenda to downsize government. But if he gets his majority, expect Harper to slash and burn on the pretext that the federal debt and deficit requires massive evisceration of government.
Lalo Espejo examines the Conservatives love for crime bills. A perennial favourite theme, it's like The Sound of Music for right wing agendas.
There's a lot of hot air circulating these days about taxpayers having no voice and getting no respect. Well, I'm a taxpayer and I'll tell you what I'd like to see my money spent on.
Heroin. Pharmaceutical-grade heroin for chronic opiate addicts for whom other forms of treatment have failed.
A video commentary for Rabble TV by Shawn Syms (Twitter: @shawnsyms)
There's a lot of hot air circulating these days about taxpayers having no voice and getting no respect. Taxpayer and Not Rex, Shawn Syms, tells you what he'd like his money spent on. Heroin. Pharmaceutical-grade heroin for chronic opiate addicts for whom other forms of treatment have failed.
The Liberal think-fest last weekend turned up some unexpected consequences.
On the heels of a comment by Canada's heroic former diplomat and kidnap survivor Robert Fowler that the Liberal party is in danger of "losing its soul," Michael Ignatieff found the courage, at least temporarily, to take an actual stand on a tough political issue. At the end of the meet, he said the Liberals would put a halt to the unfolding corporate tax reductions the Conservatives have been rolling out.
Let's see how long this one lasts.
Hi I was just wondering if anybody knows any way to estimate the cost of the "action plan" TV ads that have been running in very heavy rotation lately? How much taxpayer's money is the Conservative government using to promote itself with these pre-campaign ads? I think that taxpayers would be PO'd if they knew what they are paying for the Harper government to bombard us with these commercials.