April 21, 2015

Alberta election: Prentice backtracks on charitable tax credit cut

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

PC leader Jim Prentice has reversed a controversial and contentious item in his budget that would have reduced the tax credit for Albertans making charitable donations.

Prentice admitted the policy was wrong, after getting an earful from Albertans at the doorstep during this election campaign.

He says Albertans have told him a reduction in the credit would hurt charities and says he's been listening.

"Today I have to admit we got one thing very wrong in our budget proposal. By reducing the charitable tax credit
we put the good work of Alberta's many charitable causes and the work they do at a disadvantage. This is the wrong time to do that and so today I'm going to fix that,' says Prentice.

The move will cost the province millions in revenues and Prentice wouldn't say how he intends to make that up.

This reversal plays into criticisms by the Wildrose Party that Prentice is making up his fiscal policy as he goes during this election as some polls have the PCS running third.

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commented 2015-04-21 23:47:40 -0400
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commented 2015-04-21 20:02:52 -0400
I think Prentice may as well backpeddle his ass back to TO and the CIBC.
commented 2015-04-21 19:51:24 -0400
As far as I am concerned he could back-track on all 59 new taxes/fees and he still would not redeem himself in my eyes.

The PC party MUST go. They have an entitlement attitude that has to be purged while licking their wounds as third party for a couple of terms.

And they have to get back to their conservative roots again. If that means throwing all the die-hard “Liberals in a blue suit” under the bus while they sit it out as third party, then so be it. A thorough house cleaning is required and until they do that and their two term penance I will not even consider supporting them.

Go Wildrose!
commented 2015-04-21 17:00:20 -0400
You can’t patch up theft of money with no accountability and get away with it in the west.
Why is Redford not under investigation?
First way to loose an election in Alberta is to stand up and say you aren’t going to be a crook anymore. See you later Jim.
I continue to shake my head as I look east and watch Ontario, the once Wonder Province of Canada crumble to dust under the re-elected Liberals, who only cost the Ontario people billions for nothing, like really People? So now the people of Ontario have to bend over and take it up the School over Sex Education to minors? Who really is in charge over there?
I bet that won’t happen in Alberta. I bet the Alberta PC’s are gone, long gone as a lesson from the people.
We don’t like crooked politicians in Alberta or anywhere else.
Time to change some laws about Politicians and Lobbyists across the country.
commented 2015-04-21 16:12:42 -0400
Backtracking here, backtracking there… could it be his platform and budget is that far out of whack? We’ve known it almost from the day it came out, but maybe he’s just now realizing how just much he ticked off Albertans…?
commented 2015-04-21 15:51:32 -0400
Doesn’t matter to me what lies he spews now, he will not get my vote.
commented 2015-04-21 15:41:36 -0400
Making it up on the fly? Surely that can’t be true, can it?