Thursday, March 31, 2011

Election thoughts

Iggy rolled out Jean Cretien's Red Book promise on Universal Child Care. Good idea Iggy. Fresh. Have you costed that out? Each kid in Quebec costs over $13K a year (after the $7 a day the parents pay... you know, the people who are actually responsible for raising the children and the associated costs of that). So how many places where there you were promising Iggy? Well at $500 million, as promised, that'd be about 34,000 spaces, and we all know that we'd need a new "department" to run all that, and if registering kids in day care is as complicated as registering guns...

Elizabeth May's election promises are... oh ya... she's so busy using her media time to whine about not being invited to the debate that no one has actually heard anything about her policy ideas, which is just as well... remember what we thought about the last "carbon tax" scheme Dion rolled out.

Harper is keeping the media behind a fence and only answering 4 questions a day... which the media didn't seem interested in asking. I'll grant you, the income splitting idea with your kids is nice, but really... in four years? How about in the third year of a majority term? How about something you can be held to?

Gilles promised to... break up the country and fight for Quebec.

Jack promised to ensure every Canadian would be out of a job because he'd tax the people they work for very heavily... the "bad" corporations. What Jack misses, is that most corporations supply either a good, or a service, which is then "consumed". Higher taxes result in an increased cost for the good or service, and since the only consumer is... well, us, we'll pay more, thus an increase in our cost of living. Corporations don't just pay taxes, they consider them a cost of business, and it's built into their prices. To think otherwise means you missed the first year economics course.

This whole debate thing with Iggy now calling Stephen a coward for backing out of the fight he started, and "You can't trust what this guy says", is laughable. Harper said that a one on one debate was his first choice, it wasn't a challenge.

This whole twitter thing... oye. Too much.

While I would have appreciated some assistance from the government while raising my own three children, (some sort of a break, anything really), I think that the income splitting with your kids becomes a "real" house hold income, and I like the idea


  1. The promise on income splitting is only if the deficit is ended. Period.

    As for the daycare plan, it is for the provinces to run just as it was in 2005. It did create spaces and the Tories took credit for spaces created in 2006.

  2. OK, but how many spaces, and define "universal" for Iggy. A billion dollars would make twice as many spaces as half a billion. To create enough spaces to be "universal" as I understand the word would be about $16 billionl annually.

  3. The Tory plan ended up costing more than the Liberal plan and they are the ones that used the word universal, not the Liberals.

    The cost of Conservative's Universal Child Care Benefit plan, according to Conservative election brochures, is about $2.6 billion annually. So it has actually cost more than the $5-billlion over five years Liberal child-care plan or a total of $13 billion over that same period that Martin proposed back in 2007. Tory ministers later said it didn't create any direct daycare spaces whereas, according the Harper governments own stats, the Liberal plan did.

    The difference between the Tory plan and the Liberal plan over the years was the parents got money with Harper and the provinces got money under Martin.

    It is up to you whether you believe the money Harper directed towards parents made a difference in finding space for parents who worked.

    As I said, it is the Tory plan that uses the word "universal."