New Léger Marketing Poll for the Conseil du patronat du Québec - Three out of four Quebecers want a new personal income tax reduction in the next provincial budget

    MONTREAL, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a Léger Marketing poll
commissioned by the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), three out of four
Quebecers (76%) want the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) to respect its election
promise of lowering the personal tax burden to bring it in line with the
Canadian average. The opinion is shared not only by those who plan to vote for
the QLP (85%) but also by a strong majority of those who support the Action
Démocratique du Québec (82%) and the Parti Québécois (64%).
    According to the most recent budget documents from the Government of
Quebec, the gap between personal income taxes in Quebec and the Canadian
average will be just $646 million or $177 per taxpayer in 2008.

    A reduction in the next budget?

    "The tax reductions made since 2003 have significantly helped bring
Quebec closer to the Canadian average," said CPQ president Michel
Kelly-Gagnon. "The gap that remains is relatively small, and we encourage the
Government of Quebec to use the results of this poll to announce a complete
elimination of the gap in its next budget."
    This recommendation by the CPQ president would clearly be well received
by the public since three out of four Quebecers (75%) also say they are in
favour of including a new personal income tax reduction in the Government of
Quebec's next budget.
    The CPQ's particular concern for personal income taxes distinguishes the
organization from other large employers' associations. The concern is related
to the effect of personal income taxes on employment. By lowering taxes on the
value of overtime work, competitive taxation should have a positive impact on
the number of hours worked. Also, in the current context of growing labour
shortages, lower taxes should help businesses hiring highly qualified workers,
who are more mobile than the rest of the work force.
    The poll was carried out between October 24 and 30, 2007 using a
representative sample of 1000 Quebecers. Its maximum margin of error is
+/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20. A detailed report is available at

    The Conseil du patronat du Québec is the main federation of employers in
Quebec. The organization includes many of the province's largest companies as
well as the vast majority of sector-based employers' associations. CPQ members
are leaders in many walks of life and employ more than 70% of the province's
work force.

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Leblanc, Director of Communications,
(514) 288-5161, ext. 226, Cell.: (514) 571-6400

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