The Liberal Response:
What the Reform Alliance was afraid to tell you about their "Time for
OTTAWA - The Reform Alliance "Plan" is certainly a plan, say Liberal Party
campaign co-chairs David Smith and Claudette Bradshaw - but it is a plan
that will hand fat tax breaks to the rich, wreck Medicare and roll back the
clock to leaner, meaner times.
"Democracy is about choices, and seldom have the choices been clearer," said
Bradshaw. "One choice, the one offered up by the Reform Alliance tonight, is
about putting tax cuts before health care.
Comment:If logic has anything to do with this statement, what it
necessarily implies is that government bureaucrats are better able to make
health care choices for all Canadians than we can make for ourselves. After all,
if we are capable of making our own health care decisions, then having more
money in our pockets as a result of tax cuts would give us a greater number of
choices to consider for medical decisions.
It is about putting the rich before working families.
Comment: It's difficult to see this statement as anything but a
malicious attempt to stir up class warfare. Are they trying to assert that rich
people don't work or that they aren't part of families? Judging by current tax
brackets, the liberals consider many middle class Canadians to be rich.
It is about putting greed before good government."
Comment: Normatively, profit and wealth in the private sector comes
via hard work, not by way of greed, manifested as it tends to be, by corrupt
activity. On the other hand, increased revenue for the government comes by
way of legislating tax increases, that is, by way of coersion. Rarely is there
legitimate justification for tax hikes. It is far more accurate, then, to identify
revenue growth for the government as greed than profit by private sector
entities. Such a statement sounds like a self-serving assertion from people
committed to preserving their own employment whether or not doing so is a
* To pay for their tax "plan" - which would cost at least $20 billion
annually - the Reform Alliance would need to slash, or eliminate, important
programs for health, education, environmental safety and food inspection.
Liberals note there isn't a country in the G-7 with a flat tax system - not
one. The billion-dollar question remains: where will Mr. Day find the
billions he needs to do what he promised tonight in Kitchener-Waterloo?
Comment: The real billion dollar question is why all the parties are
making these promises that take them into jurisdictions that don't belong to the
civil government in the first place, some of which take them into jurisdictions
in defiance of the constitution.
* The Liberal government has dramatically lowered taxes - and will continue
to do so, but not in a way that benefits only those with enough money to
attend $25,000-a-table fundraisers on Bay Street. The Liberal tax plan is
credible, and it benefits lower and middle-income earners best. The Liberal
government delivers more than 20 per cent in tax cuts to Canadian families.
Comment: More liberal-sponsored class warfare. The liberals work
best when they can separate Canadians into their own arbitrary classifications,
then tailoring their political messages to these different "constituencies" in
order to attract their support. Class warfare, perfected by the communists, is
one of the more effective strategies because it caters to the popular vice of
* The Reform Alliance "plan" would see the end of cash transfers from the
federal government. This means Ottawa would lose its ability to enforce the
standards Canadians want and need - and the creation of a patchwork of ten
separate and unequal health care systems, where only the rich would benefit.
Comment: If true, that is good because it would move us back closer to
a situation that honoured the constitution. Also, important is that such a
situation would likely inspire competition between the provinces. It is well-
established that competition in an open marketplace tends to lead to improved
products and services at reduced prices. Those who argue that the realm of
"health care" is an exception to this rule are unable to empirically demonstrate
such a claim. If this happens, all Canadians will benefit, not just the "rich",
whoever they are?
* Despite his claims about being concerned about public safety and crime,
Stockwell Day - whose platform says he wants to "make our communities
on page 18 - has been a vocal opponent of gun control.
Comment: In light of the importance firearm ownership and possession
play in the protection of citizens, particularly women, opposition to stringent
gun registration schemes is an obligatory part of a commitment to real justice.