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The PQ is cutting its coat according to its cloth, cutting down its plans to confront Ottawa and backing away from abolishing the health tax.
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Reality is coming for a visit… so how long until they backtrack on the students? I guess 3 billion in extra deficit doesn’t appear to be a good idea…
Except 2000$/year x 250K students is more like .5 Billion/year. But that’s just reality, so don’t let that disturb your student-bashing.
I can’t say that I’m really surprised that the PQ is going to have to back away from many of their highest profile campaign promises. They have to be afraid of the Libs and the CAQ bringing down their government and replacing it with a coalition government of their own. And I don’t think it’s student-bashing to say that I won’t be surprised if they renege on their promises to the students. It might just be one of those things that they have to do to maintain power. C’est la vie.
At least with the Education Summit the tuition increases will be transparent and with discussion, not dictatorial and hamfisted.
@David: I’m not sure it would be in the interest of the CAQ to form a coalition with the PLQ right now, given that they campaigned on cleaning up Québec’s politics.
It would politically smarter of them to to make the health tax progressive instead of getting rid of it altogether. The upper-middle/wealthy classes would notice a small increase to their healthcare premium a lot less than the creation of a whole new tax bracket.
The wealthy pay school tax because they own property (which makes school tax automatically progressive) even though school is a public service. I don’t see a problem with a special tax for healthcare as long as it is progressive. I’m not sure it should be directly derived from income tax though.
What a bizarre statement to make in the modern era. “The wealthy pay school tax because they own property.”
Only among a group that doesn’t work for a living could something as normal and banal as home ownership be considered the domain of “the wealthy.”
(And it is pretty normal. about 70% of Canadians own.
PS Renters pay taxes too. During my renting years I received a tax receipt every year from my landlord for my portion of school taxes.
@ant6n – Again with the trollish behaviour? I didn’t say anything about the students themselves at all. I asked how long it would be before the PQ went back on their promise to the students. Read and stop putting words into my mouth.
4.2% of all the citizens of Quebec (ie those with incomes over $100K a year) cover 36% of all taxes. When taxes go over 50%, a psychological threshold, what do you think they do? We need to look at the costs and not the collections…. the costs are too high!
When you spend an extra $3 billion on programs that you don’t have, you either have to borrow it (and then pay the interest on that forever) or you have collect it in taxes. The PQ is writing cheques it can’t pay. And yesterday was the first announcement on the long list of announcement of that realization. If they don’t backtrack on the students, they will take it out on the unions. Or does no one remember when the government salaries were rolled back?
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