STATEMENT BY NATIONAL REVENUE CRITIC, MURRAY RANKIN, ON REJECTION OF HIS MOTION

Despite their promise to Canadians not to raise taxes in the 2013 budget, the Conservatives are pushing ahead with deceptive tax hikes, which will represent a several billion dollar bill for Canadian taxpayers.

New Democrats opposed these hidden taxes on many commodities and services, like hospital parking, bicycles and baby strollers, in their opposition motion. Visiting a sick family member in the hospital or doing your part for the environment by using a bike shouldn’t cost Canadians more. The Conservatives are showing poor judgement and a lack of sensitivity. 

They are once again attacking essential services Canadians rely on and dipping into their pockets to balance their budget. New Democrats do not support these damaging tax hikes which break the government’s promise to Canadians in the last elections.

Budgets should be an opportunity to offer solutions to Canadians. New Democrats will continue to fight to make this a reality.