My name is Nicholas, I live in Kelowna, BC. Some long time ago I sent you an email or two regarding income splitting.
Just saw you on CTV news giving a press conference on the matter. I am very impressed that you have not let go of this issue, and I want to say that I think you spoke extremely well. I also think that starting with seniors and then moving to families is a smart strategy on your part.
At the end of the day you are indeed correct, it is ultimately an issue of fairness.
My family is one of those that gets wacked by the tax code because most of our income comes from one earner. It is an issue that has bothered from the day I got married. How can it possibly be fair that another couple earning the same total income pays less in taxes?
It would be a travesty if income splitting for both seniors and spouses was not included in the next budget, and if it were to happen it would certainly cause me to rally more than ever behind the Conservative party in the next election. The unfairness of the tax code to single earner families has always been high on my list of gripes with the Liberal government.
It’s a no brainer as far as I am concerned, and in the next election the Conservatives could then claim that the Liberals would surely eliminate the benefit if they were re-elected since they do not value the traditional family at all. The Conservatives could also hold the tax change up as a sound accomplishment, which it certainly would be.
As for the actual cost required to implement income splitting, I think in some sense it is funny money. It is money the government should have never been allowed to have in the first place because the system was never fair to begin with. So if the naysayers claim that it will cost too much, I simply don’t accept that – it is a case of eliminating *excess* taxation and correcting a clear unfairness.
My local MP is Ron Cannan, who I know well. I will get in touch with him to let him know I support your efforts 100%.
Thank you so much for what you are doing. I hope you don’t give up until the job is done.
This is one of a large number of people I have heard from in the last 24 hours who are pledging their support for income-splitting in the wake of the national conference we mounted yesterday on Parliament Hill. I am extremely appreciative of this, as I was walking into national caucus this morning and having a large number of colleagues say just the same thing.
One of those people was Ron Cannan, the MP from Kelowna who has been steadfast in his commitment to the idea of families and retirees sharing income, getting well-deserved tax equity and easing their financial burden. Ron has impressed me from the first day of meeting him with his sense of fairness and infectious optimism. He is constantly promoting his riding and supporting his constituents, and it strikes me that he understands perfectly why he was sent to Ottawa. Smart guy.
So, Nicholas, there is hope. Lots of it. Many MPs are joining me in this cause, and the more Canadians who send messages and support, the better our chances become. This is the right thing to do. This is the right time to do it. — Garth