(GuelphToday asked each candidate in the federal election to provide a brief bio and platform statement)
I’ve been knocking on doors and speaking to residents of Guelph and one thing has remained clear – life has gotten more expensive under Justin Trudeau. It is hard enough to get ahead without the government making it more difficult. A Conservative government will implement the Universal Tax Cut, introduce tax credits to help parents raise healthy and active children, and will introduce the Green Homes Tax Credit to help hardworking Canadian families improve their homes with emissions-reducing technologies.
Four years ago, Justin Trudeau told Canadians he had a plan to help the middle class. But as the last four years have shown, Trudeau is simply not as advertised. The fact is 80% of middle-income Canadian families are paying $800 more in tax. Justin Trudeau hiked taxes on taxes on parents who sign their kids up for sports or music classes. He hiked taxes on transit passes and textbooks. A Conservative government will introduce the Universal Tax Cut which will save the average Canadian family over $850 per year on their income taxes after a Conservative government reduces the rate of the lowest-income tax bracket. A new Conservative government will work to put more money in the pockets of hardworking Canadians so they can get ahead.
As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will introduce the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and the Children’s Arts and Learning Tax Credit to make life more affordable for parents to raise healthy and active children. With the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, parents can claim up to $1,000 for activities like soccer or swimming, parents with children with disabilities can claim an additional $500 per child. With the Children’s Arts and Learning Tax Credit, parents can claim up to $500 for their kid to learn a new language, take dance lessons, or get extra help with math or science. Parents with children with disabilities can claim double the amount, up to $1,000 per child.
A Conservative government will introduce the Green Homes Tax Credit, a two-year plan that encourage Canadians to improve their homes with emissions reducing technologies. In 2017, emissions from buildings accounted for 12% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. With this tax credit, Canadians will be able to receive a 20% refundable credit on their income tax for green improvements to their homes of over $1,000 and up to $20,000. We cannot tackle climate change without making our buildings greener.
A new Conservative government will live within its means and put more money in Canadians pockets so they can get ahead