Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau extended the definition of fairness during Question Period on Tuesday in the House of Commons.
After Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered one of his questions about the Conservatives’ proposed tax changes for families by saying the Conservatives want to help “every Canadian family,” Trudeau responded that helping everyone isn’t fair.
“Mr. Speaker, benefiting every single family is not what is fair,” Trudeau thundered in the Commons.
“What is fair is giving help to those who need it the most. A $2 billion tax break that favours the wealthiest families, a higher tax-free savings limit for the wealthy, thousands more in benefits for those who need help the least, that is the Prime Minister's plan.”
Trudeau has been critical of the Conservatives’ tax cutting agenda and has promised to roll back income splitting for families, the doubling of the tax free saving account limit and to replace the Universal Child Care Benefit with a program that favours lower income families.
Harper laughed at Trudeau’s assertion that helping everyone isn’t fair.
“Mr. Speaker, you see what happens when someone goes off script,” Harper said to applause from his Conservative caucus.
“The government's plan is to make life better for every single Canadian family. Canadians know full well that when they hear somebody talk about penalizing and raising taxes on some families that their intention is to do it on every family. We are not going to let that happen,” Harper said.
Trudeau unveiled his tax plan to mixed reviews last week. The plan has been criticized from the left and the right for a $2 billion expansion of spending with no explanation of where the money would come from. The NDP has been especially critical of plans to hikes taxes on the wealthiest Canadians to raise an extra $3 billion in revenue, the socialist party saying taxing the rich will not bring in that kind of revenue.
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