The newly elected provincial government’s proposed new rules on electoral financing are a step in the right direction. However, their proposed transitional funding to ween them off colluded corporate and union donations is optically challenged. It seems to many voters of all political stripes that extracting money out of the public purse to finance political parties leaves a bad taste in their mouths, considering they will still be collecting private donations from their respective supporters.
One of the NDP election campaign promises was not to require taxpayer funding of B.C. political parties. I’m always amazed at the difference between pre-election promises and post-election actions. Previously, we were able to financially support a political party of our choice and receive a political contribution tax credit on our income tax. Now, apparently, we get to fund political parties without the benefit of a tax deduction. More money from our pockets to theirs.
Many have spoken out about the proposed changes to the federal tax system. I would like to take this opportunity to share the perspective of construction workers. Our members work hard every day to build B.C. Construction booms and busts. Unlike independent businesses, construction workers can’t share their income among family members during big construction years. They also can’t defer a portion of their income into a tax-free passive investment portfolio that they can access during slow periods.
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Selecting a term
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