There I said it! It feels right. I'm not the only one who has been saying it, so has PM Harper. Since the start of the election, he has been saying we need a stable Conservative majority government. He is taking a big risk, but the options are clear. We either get a stable Conservative majority government, or we get a coalition of loser lefties proclaiming Iggy as the new PM against our wishes.
If the polls are anything to go by, Canadians are now ready for that majority. Every other election when the M word was used, the poll numbers for the Conservatives have dropped, this time, it's steady as she goes. Now that voters have accepted the idea of a Conservative majority, we can move on to the policies.
The number one policy, of all parties, that should grab voters interest is the income splitting for families. It will reduce taxes for families by about $1,300 a year. It encourages parents to stay home and raise their children, instead of shuffling them off to a daycare. The Conservatives have not mentioned this enough. They need to hammer the tax advantage home, and not rely on the PM rallies to get the word out. I know this because I was talking to a co-worker and mentioned it, and he hadn't heard of it. His wife is at home with their 3 children and this would be a huge tax break for them. He got quite excited about it, and went to figure out what it would mean for them tax wise. This policy needs to be in an ad.
The second policy would be the increase in the tax free saving account to $10,000 from $5,000. Lefties will whine that only the rich can benefit from it, but they are wrong. An 18 year old opens up a tax free saving account and deposits $100 into it. The $9900 not used gets carried over until they can afford to put more into the account. These accounts also let you put mutual funds, shares, and other investments into the account, so you are not restricted to the interest a bank might offer. You can also take money out for any reason, like a down payment on a house, or a car purchase, and you can then replace the money without penalty. If you don't have a tax free savings account, you have no clue about saving.
The opposition/media has jumped on the fact that these 2 programs will not start until the deficit is gone. Good fiscal management means that you do not spend beyond your means. You balance your cheque book before you write anymore cheques, and if there is no money left, you do not write a cheque that you know will bounce. Why should the government be able to do what we as taxpayers can't?
I watched the media asking Iggy questions today, and they gave him such a free ride it made me sick. Fife didn't even get to finish his question before Iggy stepped in and started yapping, laughing and slamming the Conservatives. Fife laughed right along with him. I wonder if he felt a tingle up his leg? Iggy is a faux American after all. Sun News can't come fast enough.
Which reminds me of the email I received from Shaw Direct:Hello XXXX,
We certainly do value customer feedback. We are currently in negotiations to acquire this channel. We have not heard if or when we will be getting it but I assume we are aiming for the launch date of April 18, 2011. Check out www.facebook.com/shawdirectsatellite or www.twitter.com/shawdirect_news for updates.
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So, it appears if you are a Shaw satellite customer, they will be providing it.
Finally, a funny CTV comment:
Mark@ontario saidI can't beleive the way the media has given Ignatieff a complete pass on any tough questions during the media scrums, his wife is not even a Canadian citizen, who is she and where is she from, why did he spend over 20 years in the U.S. who is this guy and why does he dress like Mr. Rodgers all the time.