Did Trudeau misspeak?

The proposed tax changes being contemplated by the Trudeau Liberal government remain the single largest concern that I hear about on a daily basis. 

Although I have heard some support for these potential tax increases, the overwhelming response has been  strongly opposed. I have also heard some specific concerns from a number of local accountants.
When the prime minister was in Kelowna last week, he stated that “people who make $50,000 should not pay more taxes than people who make $250,000."

I believe most would agree with that statement.

Unfortunately, as many accountants have taken the time to share with me, this statement is not even remotely true or even close to being accurate.

In reality, a small business owner, doctor or other person would indeed be paying tens of thousands more than one who earns $50,000 per year.
This is one of the reasons why there is such outrage from many small business owners who feel that the prime minister either does not understand the impacts of our existing tax laws or is intentionally misstating them in an effort to draw public support for the proposed tax increases.

I will grant the prime minister the benefit of the doubt and assume he misspoke as can inadvertently occur with any elected official.

For the record, I will continue to oppose these tax changes in Ottawa and encourage the Liberal government to be more transparent with their talking points.
For an update on another matter I have raised in a previous reports.

Some of you may recall I have mentioned that the federal agency responsible for regulating banks and other financial institutions has issued new enforcement regulations, a blanket prohibition on the use of terms such as bank, banker, and banking by basically any entity other than the big banks.

Credit unions, which have traditionally been allowed to use these common words, would no longer be allowed to do so.

This would not only create consumer confusion, it would also impose more costs and regulatory compliance burdens on credit unions that in turn would be passed onto credit union members.
Suffice to say these proposed restrictions also generated overwhelming public opposition throughout our region as well as many other regions across Canada. As a result the Financial Regulator has temporarily suspended this enforcement action while it begins a series of consultations.

I believe this should be taken a step further.

I am working on a bill that would amend the Bank Act to make it clear that credit unions can continue to use bank, banker, and banking without fear of The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) coming after them.

I had hoped the Liberal government would introduce similar legislation but in the absence of any my only recourse would be this private member's bill.
My question this week:

  • Would you support a private member's bill to amend the Bank Act and allow credit unions the continued use of words such as bank, banker, and banking?

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.


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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

He can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.

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