In my arguments that try to encourage the Conservative Party to explore the possibility of a Universal Basic Income/Guaranteed Annual Income based on Milton Friedman’s idea of a Negative Income Tax, I stress that there must be one basic principle: “people who work will always make more than people who don’t.” But, as I mentioned (first link), Lorrie Goldstein, the excellent Sun Media columnist, warned that what the Trudeau Liberals might propose “would, if past experience is any indication, simply layer the GAI on top of these existing income support programs — everything from the Canada Child Benefit to the Guaranteed Income Supplement”.
He was right, of course.
Jordan Press of the Canadian Press reports, in an article published by Global News, that Finance Department officials (in a report obtained through an Access to Information request) “calculated that workers near the bottom of the income ladder are dinged hardest for extra earnings than anybody else, including those at the top … [and] … Workers with modest incomes, between about $25,000 and $34,000, lost $413 for every $1,000 in extra earnings, the highest clawback of any income level … [while] … Just behind them were the top 10 per cent of workers, with incomes over $114,570, who gave up $402 for every $1,000 of additional earnings … [and, although] … Paying more in taxes was the culprit for those making the most … those near the bottom faced a double-whammy of taxes and drops in income-tested benefits, such as the Canada Child Benefit.” In other words, the system worked for those making the highest incomes ~ they paid more in taxes, exactly how a progressive tax system is supposed to work ~ but the Government of Canada totally failed when it came to trying to help those struggling to join the middle class or even just stay in he working class. As predicted, they simply layered one programme on top of another and the end effect was that benefits given with one hand were clawed back with the other, leaving the poorest of the working poor worse off then before … but giving the prime minister and his cronies another useful photo-op.
That, photo ops …
… is what the unethical and inept Trudeau regime is all about, isn’t it? It seems petty obvious that instead of “helping the middle class and those working hard to join it” they decided to punish those hard working Canadians. Whoever pulls Justin Trudeau’s strings ~ and I’m convinced he’s just a puppet, one who actually believes what his handlers tell him without really understanding it ~ uses him as an attractive vote magnet while they plan to create the sort of strategically neutral, post-national, socialist nirvana about which Pierre Trudeau could only dream.
A Guaranteed Annual Income/Universal Basic Income is, I am 100% certain, very high on the puppet masters’ lists of priorities. And I am not opposed to the idea … IF it is done correctly.
But, everything we know about government in Canada, especially progressive governments like those run by Pierre and Justin Trudeau, is that they don’t care about the working class, too often synonymous with the precariat, and the poor, the lumpenproletariat, who are working too hard, just trying to survive, month-to-month, to be politically active. Our national experience, supported by those reports from Finance Department officials, is that many government policies are thoughtlessly and carelessly designed, and do more harm than good to those who need the most help.
Canada needs more liberalism and less Marxism. The progressive left ~ that’s you, voters in urban centres from Vancouver to Montréal who so often vote Liberal ~ has gotten things exactly wrong. The working poor need your help.
Canada needs Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives to put things right.