In an email mistakenly sent to Mike Donison (a Harper team member), Bev Mahood makes a rather discouraging remark about Harper to fellow committee member and chairwoman Jan Dymond. Both Bev and Jan supposed to be impartial and neutral members of the CPC Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC).
Conservative Party leadership candidate, Tony Clement unveiled his new income tax plan that would see young Canadians not paying a cent of tax until their lifetime income reaches $250,000.
Clement plan: No tax for young
Mr. Clement said yesterday he would make the system flatter and simpler. For those who have earned a quarter-million dollars, tax rates would be based on their accumulated lifetime income rather than on how much they took in during a given 12 months.
He billed the plan as an attack on the brain drain, saying tax-free status would convince Canadians in the first years of their careers to stay in the country rather than search out greener pastures in the United States and elsewhere.
The plan is interesting, however, I’m not sure such a radical departure from typical taxing methods could be accomplished. Here is the biggest problem I see,
The plan would be implemented for those 18 or younger in 2005, while everyone else continued under the current system. That suggests there would be parallel tax systems for many decades. Tax revenue would drop as the first generation received their tax break, peaking at a $2-billion loss in 2017, Mr. Clement said.
I’m not sure a parallel tax system would be wise, nor do I want to simply hand a huge tax break to those that who just happen to be 18 or younger in 2005.
On Monday, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson presented the first Speech from the Throne on behalf of newly-annointed Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. Among the hilights, Clarkson announced that Martin’s government, along with pledging to conduct more free votes in House of Commons, promised to appoint a new independent ethics commissioner. In an attempt to shore up the Liberal vote in Canada’s major centres, Martin also promised billions more in funding for urban municipalities across the country.
Martin was long on promises but short on specifics, pledging more millions towards various social programs, the military, healthcare, aboriginals, and naturally, the environment (pun intended). On top of committing $3.5 billion towards cleaning up cess pools nationwide over the next 10 years, including another $500 million for the cleanup of sites such as the Sydney Tar Ponds, the Martin government also renewed their vow to implement the Kyoto Protocol in full. So much for addressing western alienation…
Kyoto here to stay
New Prime Minister Paul Martin reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to Kyoto protocols in yesterday’s throne speech. The speech also promised better funding to help commercialize technology, and support to develop foreign export markets to lessen dependence on the U.S.
“The government of Canada will respect its commitments to the Kyoto accord on climate change in a way that produces long-term and enduring results while maintaining a strong and growing economy,” Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson read from the speech.
“It will do so by developing an equitable national plan, in partnership with provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders.
“We have begun and we will persevere. And we will go beyond Kyoto to strengthen our environmental stewardship.”
Alberta and the nation’s big energy producers have previously expressed concern that Kyoto ratification will make Canada less competitive, a move that could hamper development and hinder job creation.
Today we see Prime Minister Martin pressing forward with his plan to attack the apparent democratic deficit in Canada. The most recent of his initiatives is to subject judicial nominations to some level of scrutiny by MP’s. While I think this is a great idea, I doubt in practice is will have much effect on who PM Martin actually appoints. Nor do I see this move to be welcomed by the judiciary, who I imagine enjoy (maybe enjoy is a bit strong, but certainly favour) the lack of scrutiny currently paid to these types of appointments.
MPs will vet top-court nominees, Liberal says
Ottawa â€” Judges nominated to the Supreme Court of Canada will face scrutiny from House of Commons committees, says Liberal MP Roger Gallaway, the man Prime Minister Paul Martin has placed in charge of democratic reform.
Mr. Gallaway, parliamentary secretary for democratic reform, warned Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and other sitting judges who oppose the idea to â€œremember their proper roles, one of which is to avoid comment on political or parliamentary affairs.???
Mr. Gallaway also took aim at public servants, suggesting they were dismissive of the role of MPs during the 10-year ChrÃ©tien government.
â€œMr. Martin has said in matters of policy formulation and choice he trusts the judgment of members over that of departmental officials,??? he said.
â€œThe door is now open for House members and committees to push civil servants back to their proper role of administration of the law, and not the creation of it or engaging the public in debate.???