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Before You Vote Ask Yourself This

As my local newspaper editor stated, ask yourself this:

Are you better off now than you were five years ago?

If you are, then, why would YOU want change?

Should you be better off now than you were 5 years ago, and you vote FOR change only for the sake of change, then, don’t be surprised when the change you voted for is nowhere near the change you had hoped for, and now things are worse than ever. Recent history of our elections is a great example of this.

“Will you be better off five years from now?”

If your household budget can NOT afford extra taxes then why would YOU vote for change?

No politician is without sin (because, no human being is without sin).

No politician is without mistakes.

No political party has that magic wand we all want to see used to make our individual world a better place to live in.

Why would you even consider believing the mud-slinging that is going on in the media? There have been many exaggerations and clouded truths meant to sway us, their readers, into changing OUR vote. I bet you are NOT that easily manipulated!

Check the issues out for yourself … then vote from facts collected, not exaggerations fed to you by the media.

Below is a collection of issues I accumulated as typical issues affecting most of us, linked to other’s articles online, backing up the claims shown here. The responses took 3 hours of searching to compile.

Issues Green Liberal Conservative NDP
Carbon Tax Yes Yes No Create a cap-and-trade system with a market price on carbon emissions
Increase Tax-Free Savings Acc’t Cancel Yes Cancel
Income-splitting Cancel Cancel Enhance Cancel
Child Care Benefits Enhance Change Enhance Keep
Education Tax Credit Cancel Cancel Enhance N/A
New Parent Benefits N/A Cancel Start N/A
Extend Parental Leave Yes Yes Yes Uncommitted
Increase Small Business Taxes No Yes Reduce Change
Home Accessibility Tax Credit Change N/A Start No
Increase Personal Income Tax N/A No Reduce Yes
Family Tax Cut N/A N/A Start N/A
Increase EI Premiums N/A Yes No
Opening new markets for Canadian businesses N/A Yes Yes Create a cap-and-trade system with a market price on carbon emissions
Impose New CPP Payroll Taxes No Yes No Yes
Reduce GST N/A N/A Yes N/A
Home Renovation Tax Credit Yes N/A Yes N/A

 

Many of the proposed tax increase proposals shown in the table above that a change will bring in have been estimated by some to be at the very least a $1,000 increase to the average income earner.

For those deciding to NOT VOTE, here is a reminder of what happened in Ontario’s provincial election when so many voters were encouraged to register a “None of the above” vote … http://globalnews.ca/news/1404040/none-of-the-above-ontarios-declined-ballots-hit-40-year-high/

By NOT VOTING, in fact you are voting, so be sure to cast your vote!

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About the Author Trish

Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

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barry huron says March 31, 2017

a well thought out and presented page. with regard to my fb comments I am confused how it is relevant. my post was regarding tax freedom day. historically the amount of tax paid by us has been virtually constant since the early 60s based on the concept of tax freedom day-the day that we actually begin to work for our selves. there were 2 blips I believe in the Diefenbaker era and the late in the pearson era which moved it 2 weeks later but other than that no matter what party was in power overall it was within a few days of the previous year and that date is about the same as 1970. for all the sky is falling from all parties I find it noteable that we are not taxed 100% with respect their claims. the reality about all taxes from fed to municipal is that they know what they can extract and they will. they just divide it up among themselves no matter what the party.

with regard to the political bent of your blog-I knowingly and willingly voted for change because I was sick of what the conservatives were doing. it does not matter what it was….it only matters that I was sick of them. I -in complete knowledge that a change of party would change the direction of the country-wanted something different. if you need a bone to chew on try tpp. [if you want to butt heads over treaty law free trade and such like I would be happy to open that can of worms!!] im glad tpp is gone. [I fret however that the euro-Canada version went through…[Belgium was the only voice of reason in that one]

I am disappointed in the current policies of those in power yes but I do not regret prior support on the basis of we need the mailroom boy gone. the upside to the snowboarding drama teacher is that he has pissed off lots of people and may even motivate them to put down the remote and do some homework.

lets review here…it is my observation that your blog is basically in support of steven harper/the conservative party right? to me that is what it looks like. a corollary may be that it is a slam against an opponent of same.
the body of your blog seems to be based on money and heavily biased towards the conservative party as being the most economical path for us.

in light of what I said above the economic advantage is a moot point.
to be blunt-overall no matter what party is in power at what level we will pay about the same.

” If your household budget can NOT afford extra taxes then why would YOU vote for change? ”

I voted for change because I did not like the idealogy of the conservative government with respect to the tpp and other multination free trade treaties

” No politician is without sin (because, no human being is without sin).

No politician is without mistakes.

No political party has that magic wand we all want to see used to make our individual world a better place to live in. ”
translation in plain English….. “they are all the same”

” Why would you even consider believing the mud-slinging that is going on in the media? There have been many exaggerations and clouded truths meant to sway us, their readers, into changing OUR vote. ”
in plain English….we are being lied to and wont bother to meet these people or go beyond reading a rag that costs a buck and assuming what is says is truth. even reading something not printed on newsprint….

” I bet you are NOT that easily manipulated” hmmm…. not going there…

” Check the issues out for yourself … then vote from facts collected, not exaggerations fed to you by the media”
translation…based on the previous quote… I should have emotionally appealed to you enough to bring you over to my way of thinking..

” Below is a collection of issues I accumulated as typical issues affecting most of us, linked to other’s articles online, backing up the claims shown here. The responses took 3 hours of searching to compile. ”
translation… below is a collection of ways they will take money from you. I am biased towards the conservative platform and have portrayed any opposition to same in the worst possible way

in light of my above explanation of how much they will take from us I would suggest that this list is only…ONLY…one issue and if your water is being contaminated by fracking approved by the mailroom boy or if your village is being bombed the dollar value is not very important.

” The responses took 3 hours of searching to compile. ”
translation…. i sat in front of a screen pushing a mouse for three hours and use that meme here in hopes that you will sympathize with my beliefs [with the sub suggestion that being this is about money you should be greatful for the outpouring of time and effort on this expose thus being even more sympathetic because i have only suggested a quantity of work rather than an hourly wage and ta-da i do have some some ideals above such a base concept as filthy luchre.

then there is the chart itself. but im not into the fine points today. but this will have taken me the better part of 3 hours to come up with reasonable responses to the points you have made here…and how did we get here?

oh ya…my post on fb thus… What is the projected date of tax freedom day this year? Assuming 1000$/week pay your estimate would make tax freedom day a week later. In the grand scheme that day has been constant from the Pearson era.

my question was what is the projected date of tax freedom day this year? now im a bit confused…in light of what i have written above what does this blog have to do with your suggestion i should respond here? i was not asking for partisan politics-i was asking for a date.

are you willing to answer that question-yes or no? are you willing to estimate-yes or no?

over to you…

for the record…i am disappointed in the current government and its direction and depending upon its direction before the next election i may or may not support the party in power now. my decision will be based on more than simply the economic policies of any of the parties.

to respond to the title…at the time of the upload of this blog i did not consider myself any better off than 5 years previous. while i was not in destitution- for all the rainbows and unicorns promised by the mailroom boy et al. i was not uplifted by any discernible amount and would suggest that my lifestyle should have been improved. my economic situation was not my primary concern that i wanted change-it seemed to me that the whole country was worse off. i cite such things as fracking that the conservatives approved that has a tendency to pollute water wells -but it doesn’t matter because its only natives wells that are contaminated.

next would be the tpp and the trans atlantic and European equivalents. i am trying to figure out here the dichotomy of you wanting a strong conservative government on the one hand and the conservative government wanting to enter into off shore treaties on the other. this would be a catharsis of logic. consider….any treaty or trade agreement or partnership supercedes domestic law. thus-if one of the partners has a protection on a type of fungus all partners must abide by that ruling. i am at a loss how giving away our power over fungus makes Canada a better country. likewise with a protection treaty…if one goes to war all go to war…gee that worked great in 1914 didn’t it? [oh that was a long time ago and cant matter now can it? well 1939 wasn’t that long ago…could that matter?? perhaps only to show that treaties trump domestic will…and there is korea and cypress and and and…. ] one thing i will give cretien is that when bush wanted to invade iran the cretin told him to get lost…the mailroom boy didn’t have the balls to do that. another reason i wanted change was because of his ass kissing to the americans providing our soldiers in combat roles in their wars. now we have a highway of dead soldiers who were sacrificed in large part in fulfilling the obligations of treaties.

i do not feel ‘better off’ now than i did before the last election. i do feel different and that is as good as not feeling better. the silver lining is that perhaps with this -uh-lets be gentle-prime minister that enough people will actually get involved in our government and investigate issues and get past the idea that money is the big issue to be voting on. it is one issue-for most people it not a big issue in a federal government election for reasons i have stated elsewhere. sooner or later people need to get past the dollar value in a government.

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    Trish says April 1, 2017

    Thank you Barry for your input and in adding to the conversation. Only wish more readers would take active interest in what they are reading online.

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Col. Christopher (aka Teddy Bear) says March 17, 2017

Truly awesome piece of Website Mastery to be treasured in the ages to come after the throwback of your current dumbass Prime Minister. I love Canada. My wife said it is a good thing he is pretty because he’ll end up being supported when he is older by a woman, or man.

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    Trish says March 18, 2017

    We had the best Prime Minister Canada has seen in my lifetime. Many of us actually benefitted during Stephen Harper’s reign, yet many voters literally allowed the media to cloud their judgement and convinced them to vote for change (many of whom, when asked “what change” they wanted to see, they could NOT say what they wanted changed … they simply wanted change). All I can say to them now is you got your change … happy now?

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