Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A plan for the economy vs
proposals for financial disaster

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.

This is in stark contrast to Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton, who have only just realized that the economy is an issue.

Dion wants to impose a massive carbon tax that will drive up the cost of everything and hurt families.

Layton will increase taxes on businesses and drive jobs out of Canada.

The Liberals and the NDP are both a vote for financial disaster. They have no plan. Both parties would gamble with Canadians’ hard-earned money for short term electoral gain.

For the past year and a half, the Harper Government has been implementing a real plan to protect our economy. The Harper Government is working for all Canadians who have a job to keep, a mortgage to pay and a retirement to save for.

A Conservative government will not be raising taxes. We will not impose a carbon tax. We will not cancel planned tax reductions for business. We will keep our spending within our means. It is that simple.

The alternative is not a plan. It is just the consequence of complete panic, and this government will not panic at a time of uncertainty.

Statement by Jim Flaherty in response
to Dion's (new) economic musings
October 07, 2008

Conservative candidate Jim Flaherty issued the following statement in response to remarks made today by Stéphane Dion in British Columbia:

“Today, on the 7th of October, exactly one week before voting day, Stéphane Dion is musing aloud about new economic policies; policies that were not in the Liberal platform; policies that were not in his 30-day plan to come up with a plan; policies that he could not explain; policies that he could not cost – just like he did when he proposed sweeping carbon tariffs.”

“This is further proof that Mr. Dion is making it up as he goes along. His proposals are inconsistent. They’re reactive. And they reflect the fact that Dion is just waking up to the fact that there has been a credit crunch in the United States for well over a year."

“At a time of global economic uncertainty, the choice for Canadians is clear: consistent, proactive and responsible leadership that’s ahead of the curve from Conservatives, or inconsistent and knee-jerk policy making on the fly from the Dion Liberals.”


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