Can the Liberals still find victory in the Great Incorporated Tax Kerfuffle of 2017?
Justin Trudeau embraced “fairness” as a guiding principle on the afternoon of Feb. 22, 2014.
“In 1968, when my father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, said that Canada must be a just society,” he told a Liberal Party convention in Montreal, “fairness was at the heart of that argument.”
One can at least trace a line from that afternoon in 2014 to the current trouble.
Trudeau invoked the f-word 14 times in that speech. Fourteen months later, #fairness was the official hashtag when Trudeau unveiled a set of policies as Liberal leader that would ask the richest to pay more, reduce the tax rate for the less rich and provide a substantial means-tested child benefit to families. A week after that, he used a speech in downtown Toronto to posit that fairness was the basis for Canada’s success.
Since then, as prime minister, he’s been fond of reminding his Conservative opponents that they didn’t vote to raise taxes on the “wealthiest” and that Liberals have stopped sending benefit cheques to “millionaires.”