Thursday, April 27, 2006

Are fixed election dates coming to Canada

The federal government is pondering with the idea of creating fixed election dates. It is thought to be unlikely any fixed election dates would affect the outcome of minority governments.


Saskboy said...

Tanis or another CTF person, Can you point me to how Saskatchewan personal income tax rates have changed since 1991 to now please?
I'm interested in if they've gone down or up, and by how much.
If you can't help me wit hthis, please just leave a comment stating so, so I'll know to find it myself somehow.

David MacLean said...

Personal income taxes have gone down in Saskatchewan since 1991. The government began dropping all the the income tax rates in 1999 and finished in 2003. The rates indexed to inflation, but it's not legislated that way. So every year they make a call whether they can "afford" to index. According to the governmetn, the average family paid $1,000 less in tax than they did before the reforms, but I haven't confirmed those numbers. Those reforms happened before my time with the CTF.

Saskboy said...

Thanks David, that confirms what someone else told me.

Wouldn't it be nice if the personal claim rate was a few thousand more than the measely $8000something it's set at now.

David MacLean said...

Yes, that's our number one income tax recommendation to government, has been for a number of years.

Increasing the exemption gives a tax break to everyon in the province, and removes low-income earners from paying tax altogether. win-win.

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