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Trudeau conflates taxes and transfers

Trudeau conflates taxes and transfers

Source: The Fraser Institute
Authors: Charles LammamHugh MacIntyre

In a recent exchange during Question Period, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was again asked about a Fraser Institute analysis of how federal tax policy changes have increased the amount of income tax paid by the vast majority of middle-class families in Canada. The prime minister did not refute our findings about a growing income tax bill, but instead noted that the analysis did not account for government transfers to families.

This is a worrying response because it conflates taxes and transfers—which are not the same thing—and completely misses the point that most middle-class families are paying more in income taxes despite what his government promised.

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