Bud­get leaves wealthy un­scathed

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

I am sorely dis­ap­pointed in the bud­get as was tabled in the house, as it is once again show­ing to be an at­tack on the most vul­ner­a­ble and the low to mid­dle class cit­i­zens while the wealthy es­cape yet again un­scathed. If we, as cit­i­zens, are all to bear our share of the deficit, then let us all share the bur­den equally and with­out prej­u­dice!

Our cur­rent gov­ern­ment has brought down a mini bud­get that has left 99 per cent of New­found­land and Labrador cit­i­zens gob­s­macked and scratch­ing our heads with one hand while rub­bing our pos­te­ri­ors with the other! The hard­est hit among us will, in my opinion, be those who rely on in­come sup­port and others who earn less than $25,000 per year.

They are se­niors who rely solely on OAS and the GIS and dis­abled peo­ple who rely on in­come sup­port and CPP or a com­bi­na­tion of both (re­sult­ing in claw backs which al­most en­tirely negate any gain be­ing made). Par­ents with preschool­ers. The work­ing poor who can ill-af­ford any in­creases.

The gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced a ‘tem­po­rary levy’ that will see those who earn the least ($25,000) con­trib­ute the most $300 (1.2 per cent) as com­pared with some­one who makes $500,000 or more only con­tribut­ing $900 (0.18 per cent) of their re­spec­tive in­comes. If the gov­ern­ment were to ap­ply this levy fairly, we would see the ones earn­ing $500,000 pay 1.2 per cent or $6,000 in­stead of the pro­posed 0.18 per cent. That would be fair, so why not do that? As for the gov­ern­ment be­ing ‘good examples by tak­ing a 10 per cent pay cut, in my opinion, it is not enough. A to­tal wage freeze on all gov­ern­ment salaries un­til the debt is paid would have been bet­ter.

I am afraid all this bud­get does is drive New­found­lan­ders away from the province they love so dear.

A 16.5 cent in­crease per litre of gas is also another way this bud­get will gouge the most vul­ner­a­ble.

If we can­not equally bear the bur­den that af­fects all of us equally, then let those hard­est hit bear a fi­nan­cially pro­por­tion­ate amount of the bur­den, not the lions share!

If we can­not equally bear the bur­den that af­fects all of us equally, then let those hard­est hit bear a fi­nan­cially pro­por­tion­ate amount of the bur­den, not the lions share!

Wanda White (Per­sons for Wel­fare Rights in NL) writes from Broad Cove

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