TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - It just doesn't add up.
In 2003, Dalton McGuinty described a property tax credit for Ontario
seniors as "gimmicks, trinkets, baubles."
But today, that's exactly what he's offering to voters just 12 days away
from the election.
Some questions for Dalton McGuinty:
- How does he justify his flip-flop from his 2003 position that a tax
credit for seniors was little more than a gimmick or a trinket or a
- If he truly believes, as he says today, that "we have a shared
responsibility to ensure that our seniors can live healthy, active
lives and - when they prefer - independent lives, in their own
homes" why did he cancel the seniors tax credit that was in place for
seniors back in 2003?
- How does he justify keep in place his broken promise, so-called
"health" tax - a tax that hits the poorest people in Ontario the
hardest - at the same time he says today, "we need to help the
hardest hit, especially low and middle income seniors worried that
property taxes could force them to leave their own homes."
- If Dalton McGuinty is willing to admit that "property taxes could
force (seniors) to leave their own homes" why is he only tinkering -
rather than fixing - a broken property tax system that is threatening
the ability of so many people in Ontario to stay in their homes?
- Will Dalton McGuinty explain how it's possible for him to promise a
$500 tax credit to seniors but when John Tory commits to cutting
taxes by an average of $450 it means nurses must be fired?
A John Tory government will cap property assessment levels at 5%.
In addition, a John Tory government will eliminate the so-called "health"
tax over the course of a four year mandate - starting with low income earners
- thereby giving seniors back their hard-earned tax dollars as well as
protecting them from sky-rocketing property assessments.
All property owners would be winners over time with a more predictable
and stable property tax regime provided by an assessment cap.
Dalton McGuinty, meanwhile, is offering no protection from massive
increases in property assessments.
For further information:
For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760