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CTF: NDP platform hikes taxes with no plan to balance the budget

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is criticizing the New Democratic Party’s platform commitments, which would raise taxes and doesn’t have a plan to balance the budget.

“Even with all of these damaging tax hikes, the NDP still doesn’t have a plan to balance the budget,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director with the CTF. “The NDP wants Canadians to think only the rich will pay higher taxes, but everyday Canadians will pay these taxes through higher prices and fewer jobs.”

Today the NDP released platform commitments which includes tax hikes such as:

  1. Increasing the highest income tax rate to 35 per cent

  2. Increasing the business tax rate to 18 per cent

  3. Imposing a wealth tax

  4. Increasing the capital gains tax burden

  5. Imposing an excess profits tax

  6. Imposing a 20 per cent foreign home-buyers tax

  7. Imposing luxury taxes

  8. Imposing taxes on so-called internet giants

The NDP commitment does not have a plan to balance the budget or pay down the $1-trillion federal debt. On the current trajectory, the federal budget won’t be balanced until 2070, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. If that happens, debt interest charges would cost Canadians about $3.8 trillion by 2070.

The platform document criticizes “corporate giveaways.” The CTF is calling on the NDP to end subsidies to hand-picked businesses.

“Politicians can help more Canadians by lowering taxes for everyone and cancelling corporate welfare,” said Terrazzano

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