Sunday, February 09, 2020

"What They Say" and What they Do is Another thing

Iqra Khalid, federal MP for Mississauga-Erin Mills mailed her constituents a calendar which included a list of the promises her government had made. 

They were - To give families an extra $1,500 a year by cutting taxes to the middle class and lowering cell phone bills by 25%. 
To help Canadians lower their energy bills, make their homes more energy efficient and give them the tools to prepare for climate related disasters. 
To make sure every Canadian has access to a family doctor, mental health services, affordable prescription drugs and national pharmacare.
 To increase Old Age Security by 10% once a senior turns 75 and boost the Canada Pension Plan survivors benefit by 25%.
 They will help Canadians buy their first home through the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, which provides up to 10% off the purchase price. 
They will cut taxes in half for companies who develop technologies or manufacture products that have zero emissions.
 They will make it easier for Canadians to start and grow their own businesses, including cutting the small business tax rate from 11% to 9%.
 They will plant 2 billion trees, using the power of nature to help fight climate change and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 
They will help 250,000 more public school kids get a spot in before and after school programs and nearly double federal spending on child care. 
They will continue to work to eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserves by 2021. 
They will increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15% for kids under the age of one, make maternity and parental benefits tax free and bring in a 15 week leave for adoptive parents. 
They will implement a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, starting this year and rising with inflation.

 Some of that sounds, to say the least, far fetched and even if they did keep some promises it would only be to make life more bearable under capitalism because that's all reforms can do.

However, it will still be interesting to see how many of wild promises they keep.

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