Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tom Mulcair’s pledge not to hike personal taxes is meaningless—he’ll use a carbon tax

Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democrats has, reportedly, made a pledge to Canadian voters not to raise their personal taxes if he becomes prime minister. But he wont need to raise personal income taxes, will he? He’ll implement a carbon tax.

Mulcair made the pledge when being  interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen. He was explaining why it’s time for Canadians to elect their first federal NDP government. Granted, Mulcair’s NDP is the official opposition, but it is trailing both the Conservatives and the Liberals so badly in any polls I have seen, his pledge does seem cheeky.

“We’re saying that personal taxes will not be touched. That’s a firm undertaking. That’s a contract with the Canadian voting public on our behalf,” Mulcair said, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Not that he’d miss an increase in personal income taxes. I don’t think it’s any secret that the NDP will implement some form of carbon tax. They may not call it a “tax;” maybe they’ll call it “Cap-and-trade.” But rest assured it’ll serve the same purpose.

That is, it’ll transfer billions of dollars—directly or indirectly—from the pockets of individuals to the federal coffers where they can be used to finance all manner of expensive social programs.

And to compliment the carbon tax, look for an NDP government to raise job-killing corporate taxes, especially for those of oil companies and banks.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, “Mulcair says the legacy of Bob Rae’s Ontario NDP government from 1990 to 1995 has cast a ‘shadow’ over the federal [New Democrat] party’s reputation.”

Well, he’s right about that and with good reason. For, given the tax-and-spend policies of the federal NDP, I doubt they’d be any better at running Canada than Rae was at running Ontario.

After all, the provincial New Democrat parties are pretty much the same as the national party and members are automatically members of both the federal and provincial parties. The Liberal and Conservative parties in Canada are different than the NDP in that provincial and federal politics and members are strictly separated—they are separate legal entities.

Moreover, Rae’s provincial Dippers do not stand alone as an example of inept government by an NDP party. One needs only look back at the NDP’s history in British Columbia where words like “fiasco,” “scandal,” “deceit” and “chaos” only go part way in describing that party’s truly horrible record.

Those readers who plan to vote in the next federal election, take heed: beware of Thomas Mulcair’s Irish blarney.


  1. Wow even McGuinty made the same promise and all Ontarians know what happened. Biggest tax increase in history.

  2. No such thing as a tax anymore. Either revenue tools or items to free up capital.

  3. just what Canada needs another government that will be prepared to speed up our rush to bankruptcy. the conservatives are unable to balance the budget or reduce the debt. the majority of Canadians are financially illiterate. they think that what government gives them comes from the tooth fairy or santa claus.

  4. He'll copy Harper. Refuse to raise taxes and spend like a demon. Harper added 25% to the national debt. If that is fiscal conservatism or dipper logic, you can keep it. At least Chretien/Martin had the discipline to mange 8 years of balanced budgets.