CLC calls for tax cuts
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Thu Aug 26 12:36:32 MDT 1999
> Wednesday, Aug 25, 1999
> Labour calls for tax cuts
> OTTAWA (CP) - Move over Paul Martin and
> Preston Manning: some labour leaders are
> joining the call for tax cuts. In an unusual
> step, the head of the Canadian Labour
> Congress called Wednesday for tax cuts
> aimed at low- and middle-income earners.
> Ken Georgetti admits this represents a "shift
> in emphasis" for the labour congress, which
> represents 2.1 million workers.
> But Canadians are calling for tax relief, he
> And since Martin, the Liberal finance
> minister, and his government intend to direct
> part of the federal surplus towards tax relief,
> average citizens should get the benefit, said
> "If there's going to be consideration to apply
> some of that surplus to relieving taxes on
> Canadians, surely to God the answer isn't to
> give the rich more money," Georgetti said in
> an interview.
> At the same time, he also urged Martin to
> reinvest more in social programs from the
> budget surplus, estimated to reach more
> than $10 billion this year.
> Traditionally, labour and the New Democratic
> Party, which most unions support, are more
> interested in enriched social programs than
> in seeing revenues for those programs
> Georgetti's call, which comes almost on the
> eve of the NDP national convention, echoes
> a proposed new party policy suggesting tax
> relief for low- and middle-income earners.
> That policy will be debated by New
> Democrats this weekend in Ottawa.
> But it's a mistake, warns another labour
> Social democrats shouldn't be rushing to
> take on right-wing issues like tax cuts,
> contended Buzz Hargrove, head of the
> powerful Canadian Auto Workers union.
> "Our problem in Canada isn't (that) taxes are
> too high, our problem is we're paid too little,"
> Hargrove said in an interview.
> Voters who support a tax cut agenda aren't
> likely friends of labour or of the NDP anyway,
> he added.
> "We're getting caught in the Reform party
> platform of saying we're overtaxed.
> "If that's going to be the issue, you might as
> well vote for the one (party) that's going to
> really do it (cut taxes deeply) and doesn't
> give a damn about social programs."
> Georgetti argues Canadians have been badly
> hurt by taxes that have been steadily rising
> with inflation for the last decade, while at
> the same time their wages have been flat.
> Working Canadians helped build the federal
> surplus and should now get a break, he
> "We also recognize that people, in a time of
> surplus, need some tax relief."
> © The Canadian Press, 1999
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