On CTV's Question Period last Sunday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was asked repeatedly how he planned to find the $2 billion child-care benefit he promised Canadians last week.
Host Robert Fife asked Trudeau repeatedly where this money would come from, but Trudeau swerved to avoid the questions.
Instead he stressed the new "generous" benefits his party was promising middle class, including monthly cheques for hundreds of dollars.
Trudeau also vowed to "tighten up" the tax code. This was after Fife quoted former Statistics Canada chief economist Philip Cross, who has said the Liberal's plan to raise taxes on those earning more than $200,000 a year "will encourage tax avoidance."
"These are people who are best positioned to take advantage of loopholes in the system. The idea of soaking the rich to pay for benefits for other people never works out," Cross was quoted as saying.
Trudeau's only specific funding source was a $1.7 billion surplus, which is merely a projected figure and in any event, will be one that was acquired under a Conservative government.
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