Stephen Harper is _finally_ starting to leak details of his party’s near-fictional campaign platform. He has been criticized by other parties repeatedly for not having released a platform. Considering we now have only a week until voting day, I am dumbfounded he hasn’t released anything yet. Supposedly he is releasing something tomorrow. Apparently, he thinks it’s going to be so amazing that all he needs is seven days for the public to peruse it.
Anyhow, the Globe and Mail has reported on a couple of points from the platform based on what Harper said earlier today. For example:
He was in Nepean, outside Ottawa, announcing a plan to index the Universal Child Care Benefit payout to inflation, meaning it would rise each year to match increases in the prices of key goods in the economy.
The plan would only add an estimate two or three dollars to the $100 monthly cheque that Canadian parents of children under six currently receive.
He also vowed to make the benefit tax-free for single parents who are the sole supporters of their children.
Just single parents? How about single income families?
It’s not fair my taxable income the amount of tax I pay has gone up because Mary’s personal exemption amount went down. I didn’t ask for the UCCB, and especially didn’t ask for it to be taxable. If it hadn’t been for the RRSPs I took out last year, the effects the UCCB had on my 2007 taxable income would have bumped me into the next highest tax bracket.
I am tired of this government taxing me to death and giving me insignificant, token tax credits/breaks.