There are many issues that could topple Stephen Harper off his throne.
His party could get tired of him like so many other Canadians. The sordid scandals could engulf him. The police could arrest him.
But the two issues that could probably do him the most damage are trust and taxes.
And right now he's failing both of them.
Because at a time when his social conservative caucus has forced him to do a double flip flop on his ill considered income splitting plan.
Which his own Finance Minister has called bad policy or more fantasy than reason.
The key weakness of income splitting, whether for seniors as it exists now or for families as the federal Conservative platform proposes, makes it a good fit with the party’s political strategy, however. It’s another in a long list of selective tax breaks — a list that includes everybody from soccer moms to, most recently, search-and-rescue volunteers — that benefit a few lucky taxpayers at the expense of the rest.
For not only will it benefit very few Canadians, it's also very expensive.
The cost to the federal treasury of pension splitting for seniors, introduced in 2007, is approaching $1.2 billion a year, according to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The projected cost of proposed income splitting for families with children is more than double this.
And at a time when Great
How much income tax do you pay? Forty per cent? More? Lately the government has become obsessed with making everyone pay their fair share. It set up a snitch line for tax cheats just last month, with Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay announcing she would “aggressively” pursue those who aren’t paying every penny they owe.
That is, if you’re a person. If you’re a corporation, it’s a different story. Because quietly, while the government has been clamping down on regular taxpayers, it’s been busy creating new tax loopholes for business. The result? According to an exclusive Canadian Business investigation, some Canadian corporations are now paying virtually no taxes at all.
For it makes him and his foul Con regime look either grossly incompetent, or stooges of Big Business, or tax CRIMINALS.
Which can only undermine the public's trust in them...
At a time when most Canadians don't even trust them with the running of our democracy.
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe that the ruling Conservatives are settling political scores with their Fair Elections Act, a new poll has found.
“The more Canadians are aware of the Fair Elections Act, the more they oppose it,” is the headline on the poll findings, which were shared with the Star in advance of their release on Friday.
Which in the short term will embarrass them greatly.
Like Brad Butt has already done...
And when the robocall trial starts will make a lot of Canadians wonder whether it was the act of a rogue operative, or a giant conspiracy to suppress the vote.
And needless to say, all of this will make it even harder for Harper to claim that he knew NOTHING about the senate scandal, or what was going on in his own office.
And almost impossible for him to boost his polls over the next year, before he must decide whether he's good to fight the next election. Or good to GO.
Before his caucus revolts, Jason Kenney lunges for his job, or a Trudeau defeats him.
Yup. No wonder he's looking so desperate these days, no wonder he's in such a hurry.
He's running out of time.
His demons are coming home to roost.
And sooner or later they will consume him...
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