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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

These are the kinds of programs and breaks that Canadians can see tangible benefits from – unlike more unchecked billion-dollar deficits from Trudeau’s Liberals

I doubt very much anyone would wonder on my political leanings – they tend to the conservative side of the political spectrum, however social issues concern me greatly, which is why for me, the platform of Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party are a pleasure to see ... as is the 100 Day Action Plan which was announced on Monday.

Andrew Scheer said that a new Conservative government will waste no time making life more affordable for Canadians, tabling the Get Ahead Fiscal Update to ensure that Canadians will get more money back in their pockets starting in the 2020 taxation year.

We’re going to help you get ahead, and we’re going get started right away,” Scheer said. “Our Get Ahead Fiscal Update will mean ... more money in your pocket starting on January 1, 2020.”

He went on to say ... “Canadians are falling further and further behind. There’s no time to waste”.

According to the Conservatives, by January 1st of next year the Get Ahead Fiscal Update will provide Canadians with:

  • the Green Home Renovation Tax Credit, putting up to $3,800 back in the pockets of families who make green-home improvements 
  • the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, allowing parents to claim up to $1,000 for sports activities 
  • the Children’s Arts and Learning Tax Credit, letting parents claim up to $500 for arts and learning programs ... and ...
  • the Green Public Transit Tax Credit, saving a family of four who take transit almost $1,000.

The Get Ahead Fiscal Update will also shine a light on Trudeau’s fiscal mess and the path back to balance, bringing critical accountability back to government said Scheer. 

According to a CBC News story on Tuesday they indicated Andrew Scheer had vowed to form a committee to identify cuts to corporate welfare that could be enacted right away. It also went on to indicate that Trudeau’s failure to eliminate trade barriers across provincial jurisdictions were costing the Canadian economy tens of billions of dollars in lost economic activity – action to set up a meeting with provincial leaders, to take down those barriers, would also be part of the 100-day plan.

I have to say I never thought I would hear the words “Corporate welfare” coming from the mouth of a Conservative candidate, never mind it’s leader, however it has indeed happened, and Scheer has promised to take action on this.

Right now, the Liberal government gives taxpayers’ dollars to wealthy executives, shareholders and foreign companies. This is as ridiculous as it is unacceptable”, stated Andrew Scheer.

He then promised to set up a commission to look into the grants and subsidies provided to Canada’s corporations – a committee that would be headed up by former BC Liberal Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, along with Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, the former head and CEO of VIA Rail.

Your money shouldn’t go to millionaires running billion-dollar companies. Enough is enough.”

IF ... Canada is going to find the money to do what they say in the Get Ahead program, then fiscal waste is going to have to be cut – eliminated in fact!

And despite the foaming at the mouth of Justin Trudeau, that a Conservative government would slash foreign funding, nothing can be farther from the truth.  While foreign funding would indeed be cut by 25%, those cuts would be made to upper-income countries or hostile regimes.

And what countries is he referring to?  Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, and Turkey. For crying out loud ... of the top 25 countries in the world ... China ranked at the top with the United States in terms of Gross Domestic Product according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the United Nations ... as are Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mexico and Turkey

Why on earth is our government sending the hard-earned financial resources of Canadian taxpayers to these countries??

As for those hostile regimes?  They have been identified as countries that include Iran, North Korea, and Russia.  We should also be including Turkey for a second reason as well – their hostile and murderous invasion against the Kurds in Northern Syria.

There is NO reason as far as I am concerned, that any of the above countries should be receiving foreign aid from Canada -- instead, that money should be used to help Canadians get ahead.

Everyday Canadians, from my research, will also benefit from:

  • Lowered taxes especially for those families in the lowest income bracket ...

  • Increase the federal contribution to registered education savings plans (RESPs) from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar families add ...

  • More money to purchase MRI and CT machines to replace aging equipment and add machines across the country as well as improve the current funding formula to provinces ...

  • Scraping the sales tax on home heating bills

These are the kinds of programs and breaks that Canadians can see as tangible benefits to them – unlike more and more unchecked billion-dollar deficits that the Liberals under Trudeau would continue with – or that the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, and Elizabeth May’s Green Party would emulate.

On October 21st, my vote will go to the Conservative Party, and here in Kamloops to Cathy McLeod – that should be no surprise – but I hope for those of you still trying to decide, some of what I’ve had to say will encourage you to vote Conservative as well.


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