Media outlets are reporting the Liberal caucus says its number one priority ([link removed]) is to make a massive temporary spending program permanent.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is a temporary program ending this month that provided $2,000 per month to Canadians who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
But now the Liberal caucus thinks it would be a great idea to continue to send out cheques like this forever – to everyone!
That’s the logic behind the idea of a “guaranteed annual income.” Every person in Canada gets a cheque, every month. Rich or poor, working or not.
As you might guess, it’s a jaw-dropping expensive idea.
Depending on the design, this kind of permanent program could cost as much as $500 billion per year ([link removed]) . Every. Single. Year.
What would the Liberals cut to pay for this?
Which taxes would they hike?
We’re already running a $350 billion deficit and they think a new $500 billion program is a smart move?
The Liberals need to hear from Canadians about what a terrible idea this is.
Please take three minutes to sign our petition calling on the Trudeau government to ensure temporary spending measures don’t become permanent?
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Remember, in 1917, the federal government introduced a tax on income as a “temporary” measure to help fight the First World War. Over a century later, it’s still with us.
With your help, we can ensure this enormously expensive proposal is stopped before it drives devastating debt and tax hikes.
Thanks for everything you do,
* Aaron, Todd, Shannon and the entire CTF team
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