Friday, April 24, 2009

Tim Hudak on taxes

Tim Hudak's leadership campaign sent out an email this morning outlining some policy announced yesterday at the Economic Club of Canada:

  • An immediate one-year payroll tax holiday on new hires

  • Suspending the Land Transfer Tax for one-year on all new and resale home purchases, saving homebuyers almost $3,000 on the purchase of a $300,000 home

  • Stopping sales tax harmonization in Ontario

  • A $2,000 government subsidy to anyone purchasing or leasing a new car, provided they are turning in a car that is more than 10 years old

  • A wage freeze across the Ontario Public Service for senior government administrators, non-unionized employees and MPPs for the duration of the recession

  • A less-specific promise to lay out a plan for business taxes that would stimulate private sector job creation

I've been really disappointed that the candidates have not announced any policy involving broad-based tax cuts, which in an over-taxed jurisdiction like Ontario should be front-and-center in the minds of conservatives and Conservatives.

An obvious one would still be to repeal (immediately) McGuinty's health slush fund tax. Even John Tory almost promised that. Flattening the tax rates would also be good policy. Instead, some temporary suspensions of taxes seems to be what's being promised. It's disappointing to see this from a guy who has, for the most part, talked common sense on taxes in the past.

(I'll refrain from making more snarky remarks on Hudak's continually baffling attacks on the HST since I dedicated a whole post to it last weekend.)

Cross posted to The Shotgun.

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