LETTER: New government bad for taxpayers

I have noted various comments with respect to the outcome of the election and can only say I agree with those who ...

I have noted various comments with respect to the outcome of the election and can only say I agree with those who state the Liberal spending plans will decimate the country. Justin Trudeau with the assistance of his advisors has been successful in deceiving the electorate. This is proven by several of his statements.

He stated that he will eliminate split income relating to income tax, claiming this will benefit the lower- and middle-income residents. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Splitting income for families results in equitable taxes for families of equal total income. Further, if one member is the principal or sole income source, it undoubtedly means that the other party, wife or husband, is looking after the children, which is a very necessary and noble task. There is absolutely no justification to have such families pay significantly higher taxes solely due to the income coming from one source.

Trudeau will eliminate or reduce the amount that can be put into tax-free savings accounts, claiming that such accounts benefit only the higher income bracket. I am definitely not in that bracket and, undoubtedly, as many other Canadians have discovered, these tax-free savings accounts provide some protection from higher costs that will be, and are, associated with age.

Governments are supposed to be financially responsible, and coming out with the clear statement that the first couple of years will show significant deficits is no more responsible that an individual making a major purchase with a minimal down payment. Governments should operate as much as possible on a “pay as you go” basis, as that is the only way they can be financially responsible.

Much is made of allowing large number of Syrian refugees into the country with little or no security clearance. Such action is irresponsible. All immigrants should be subject to careful screening, regardless of any claims of being refugees. This is absolute for the security of our country and to protect us from terrorists sneaking through with legitimate claimants.

I sincerely hope that Trudeau will prove to be a good and honest leader, but the track record of past Liberal governments leaves a lot to be desired.

Frank Wirrell, Abbotsford

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