Prime Minister Harper Releases Election Platform - Round Up of All Parties
Today, his party did so, and the stunning result is: almost nothing has changed. In fact, the only real differences are $400 million earmarked for technology manufacturers and dropping the much-protested cuts for 'offensive' film projects. The rest is $8.7 billion over four years for corporations and manufacturers.
All the other parties have already long since released their platforms, including Liberal leader Stephan Dion's criticized 'carbon tax' plan and NDP leader Jack Layton's 'end to poverty' economic package.
"Richer, Fairer, Greener," the Liberal Party of Canada's fully-costed, fiscally-responsible platform, lays out a progressive, inclusive vision to make Canada a stronger country for the next generation.
The Green Party’s vision for Canada includes a variety of measures designed to make taxation greener while at the same time help seniors, low-income Canadians and stay-at-home parents. The most significant policy innovation in the Green Party’s platform is to transform how taxes are collected in Canada through what is called a “Carbon Tax Shifting.”
We'll stop tax giveaways to corporations that don't need them, or who ship our jobs overseas.
We'll support companies that provide training to workers here. We'll invest with companies that are innovating in the new energy economy, and creating new green collar jobs for Canadians.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper understands the global financial crisis. His plan for the way forward has been clear and consistent: balanced budgets, lower taxes, investments to create jobs and keeping inflation low.
Someone pointed out to me I forgot the platform for the Bloc Quebecois. Sorry Quebec!
News stories on the Conservatives platform:
Harper pledged to stay the course by lowering taxes, lowering the national debt, and committed his government to "prudent, effective spending, focused on results."
Harper said the $8.7-billion spending plan targets investments in the auto, aerospace and manufacturing sector and will augment his government's steady fiscal policies that have reined in taxes, spending and the government's debt. The prime minister said it would be wrong to offer massive spending plans to assuage those who believe the government isn't doing enough in times of economic turmoil.
The Harper Conservatives made a concession to Canada’s film community Tuesday by announcing in their election platform that they will abandon controversial plans to screen films and deny tax credits to projects considered to be offensive.