FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2010
VICTIMS OF RECESSION LOSE OUT, BANKS WIN BIG IN NEW BUDGET
OTTAWA – People who lost their jobs and other victims of this recession are the losers in this budget while banks whose profits just doubled hit the jackpot, said New Democrat Leader Jack Layton.
“Budgets are about choices. Mr. Harper has chosen to enrich banks and oil companies, the most profitable corporations in the country, with billions in spending on corporate tax cuts rather than help lift seniors out of poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Instead, they are promising nothing more than to consult seniors about their poverty. That`s not help. That`s a stalling tactic.
“Mr. Harper hasn’t learned anything from this economic crisis, which was triggered by a lack of regulation and reckless risk-taking by banks and financial speculators. Instead, he’s offering more of the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place.”
In yesterday’s Speech from the Throne, the Harper government also promised that it would not raise taxes on “hard-working Canadians,” but it did just that in the budget.
“That little box on your paycheque labelled EI is where they are going to hit, starting in 2011, every wage earner and every employer in the country with $19 billion in new taxes. They’re taking from you and giving to the banks and big oil.”
“Recalibration was a myth” said Brant Riding candidate Marc Laferriere. “We’re spending billions in corporate tax reductions but our payroll taxes will increase to the tune of 19 billion dollars. All the while the government is doing nothing to address climate change, protect pensions or implement new job creation initiatives.”
”With consistently above average unemployment in this riding I don’t see how our local MP can call this budget justifiable.”
That tax burden is going to be even heavier for residents of Ontario and British Columbia who will begin, this summer, paying the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on everything from funerals to gas, utilities to wedding expenses, haircuts and movie tickets.