Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in hot water for the latest in a string of odd remarks.
This time around, it was the PM’s strange claims about low-income Canadians and taxes that sparked a round of furor.
“We see proof that the Conservatives simply don’t understand that low-income families don’t benefit from tax breaks because they don’t pay taxes,” Trudeau said in Question Period last Tuesday.
It was a stunning remark that upset regular Canadians who do pay taxes. A whole lot of taxes.
There were a number of problems with the statement, not the least of which is that it wasn’t true.
As Brian Lilley explained in a column: “Someone earning just $28,000 a year in Ottawa – the equivalent of minimum wage in Ontario – will pay $4,782 in taxes.”
And it’s not just income taxes that low-income Canadians shell out for – but sales taxes, sin taxes, the upcoming carbon tax and more.
But what the reaction to Trudeau inadvertently did was distract from the original question. Trudeau’s odd comment was a response to a question from Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.