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Justin Trudeau has enjoyed an extended honeymoon as a political celebrity on the world stage. He ran a campaign that promised so much and appealed to so many. Trudeau won our hearts and our votes, and after an extended period of Conservative rule, we were eager to see the new, fresh changes that his campaign promised. So after one year, it's time to sit down and ask ourselves: has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered on his promises?
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"Unbelievable sense of entitlement."
As both a taxpayer and a stay-at-home mother, I am upset with the Trudeaus on so many levels. Not only is the Prime Minister clearly a hypocrite, but the fact that his wife (who seemingly does not hold a full-time job) requires not one, but two nannies is offensive no matter your political stripe.
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There's been much hype and commotion since the federal government rolled out its revamped Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) last month. Dubbed 'Christmas in July', the change distributed nearly $3 billion to Canadian families, regardless of income, with children aged 17 and under.
While the Child Tax Credit was a nice boost for parents at tax time, you had to have earned enough income to benefit from it. As a non-refundable credit, it meant you had to have paid tax during the year in order to claim it. So a low income family may not have been able to take advantage of the credit. They did not actually benefit from it. This will not be an issue with the enhanced UCCB.
"There are going to be a lot of very angry parents when they go to file their 2015 tax returns."
Asked to describe a scenario in which a family would not benefit from the UCCB, Poilievre was unequivocal: there is none. Here's what fact checking turned up.
Some callers were told to check their mailboxes when they called in to ask about about their money.
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If you don't need it, they'll take it.
Both Treasury Board Guidelines and the Ethics Commission state it is inappropriate for a government official to blur the lines between a government and a partisan announcement. However, Minister Pierre Poilievre felt no apparent shame. He was quick to point out that neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats support the UCCB (a half-truth at best). Accordingly, he was not so subtly attempting to persuade an apparently gullible public that only the Conservatives could be trusted to protect families. It's not new for governments to attempt to play politics with taxpayer money; but vote buying has rarely felt more shameless.
"Everybody is out for a vote, and I understand that we are getting close to an election, but I would like them to have a good hard look at what is really in the best interest of Canada and Canadians across the income spectrum."
"He needs to recognize that he’s not a cheerleader for the Conservative party."
Ottawa is increasing the value of the Universal Child Care Benefit starting Monday.
An analysis shows that many of the ridings to get the biggest cheques are in suburban Alberta and the ridings that surround Toronto
I was calculating the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) lump sum for my friend Christine, who has five children between the ages of 10 and 18. She will receive $2,100 thanks to the enhanced UCCB. It will make a difference for her family and she is already thinking about how she is going to use the money.
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