"I was somewhat surprised to see Stephen Harper say the other day that the Liberals proposed shift of taxes from incomes to carbon would "wreak havoc on Canada's economy, destroy jobs, weaken business at a time of global uncertainty."
Sadly, no reporters were on hand, to ask, if increasing taxes on carbon and reducing taxes on income would destroy the economy, shouldn't Harper be raising income taxes and slashing carbon taxes in order to create an economic boom? If he truly believes what he says, isn't he showing gross negligence with respect to the Canadian economy. Given that the economy is currently struggling - couldn't he fix this with a reverse green shift, e.g. black shift?
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Looking forward, the following scenario seems plausible:
1) Conservative party forms the next government
2) Canada goes into recession (we're pretty much in one already)
3) Conservative apologists explain that only a moron would blame the recession on the Conservatives because the federal government's policies are not so influential that they can change the course of the whole economy.
If you're childish like me, it will be fun to throw Harper's comment in the face of Conservative supporters when that time comes."
So if you see anyone arguing that Harper can't be blamed for the unfolding downturn because the Federal government is not that influential, just point out to them that Harper himself has argued the opposite quite recently.
Of course Harper was argued a lot of opposites quite recently. In other news, I see that Harper finally decided today to stop lying about the economy and admit that things don't look very good. Seems like only yesterday he was opining on how it was a good time to buy stocks and in his opinion, if we were going to have a severe economic downturn we would have had it by now.