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Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau clash in debate over taxes and family policy

In this post, Canada Fact Check examines the different proposals put forward by the three major parties regarding personal taxes and family policy. The NDP has proposed a $15-a-day national child-care strategy, the Conservatives' family tax package features income splitting, and the Liberals have released a proposal that creates a new Canada Child Benefit. The Liberals: A revamped child benefit and a more progressive personal income tax system The biggest Liberal family related proposal by far is...

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Trudeau and Mulcair spar on deficits

With at least one poll suggesting Tom Mulcair’s New Democratic Party is within reach of securing a historic NDP majority government, the debate between the two opposition parties over fiscal policy has become considerably more pointed. In this post, Canada Fact Check takes a look at the latest polling numbers and then assesses the fiscal positions being staked out by the Liberals and NDP. First, the most recent polling numbers. The latest polls A Forum Research poll for...

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Harper Energy Policies Fail to Create Sustainable Economic Growth

In a previous post, Canada Fact Check took a look at the Harper government economic record and began an examination of the three economic legs of the Conservative economic plan: 1) reduced corporate taxes; 2) Canada as an “energy superpower”; and 3) an aggressive approach to balancing the budget rooted in curtailing government spending. In today’s post, Canada Fact Check assesses the economic impact of the Conservative government's policies aimed at turning Canada into an "energy super power”....

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Harper Claims On The Economy Not Backed Up By the Numbers

Last Friday, Statistics Canada released its jobs report for July, 2015 – the first such release during the election period. Employment was up a bit in July as compared to June (+6,600) and the unemployment rate stayed at 6.8% for the sixth straight month. Compared with a year earlier, employment had increased by 161,000 (or 0.9%), primarily because of the growth in full-time work. Provincially, employment in Ontario was virtually unchanged in July. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the province...

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Mulcair vs. Trudeau: which leader has the truly progressive tax plan?

Canada Fact Check continues its election coverage with a look at the likely tax planks in the NDP and Liberal platforms. Mulcair and Trudeau on Harper Tax Cuts First, both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Tom Mulcair have announced that if they form a government, they will cancel the Conservative “Family Tax Cut”, an income-splitting measure that primarily benefits higher-income earners. Both parties would also cancel the increase in the Tax free Savings Account (TFSA) to $10,000 which...

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