The Shotgun Blog
Monday, May 11, 2009
Nova Scotia premier’s tax cuts vs. Darrel Dexter's NDP
In response to Hugh MacIntyre's earlier Shotgun post on why "Rodney MacDonald deserves to lose this election":
I have never been a huge fan of Nova Scotian politics, and I live here. That changed with this article by the Chronicle Herald that explains Premier Rodney MacDonald’s promise to cut taxes. Now, while I’m sure this is common in the West, it’s not every day I hear of Maritime politicians taking traditional conservative stances and publicly declaring them. MacDonald said the personal tax exemption would increase by another $1,000 by 2014. In 2006, MacDonald committed to adding $250 to the exception limit every year for four years. Over the four years, on average about $200 will be added to the pockets of Nova Scotians.
“I’m a believer that people should have the opportunity to decide where they want to spend their money.”
Mr. MacDonald is a true conservative and it appears it’s not only the PCPO candidates that are staying true to their roots but the NSPC candidate as well.
I also applaud MacDonald’s ability to keep the exemptions like he promised even in tough economic times: “This speaks to what we stand for--we make a commitment, we stand by it, and we live within our means to pay for it,”.
On the other hand, there’s Darrel Dexter. Dexter is the leader of the Nova Scotia NDP and of course holds a seat in Cole Harbour where he, and I, live. Common to socialists, he insists on throwing taxpayer money at something that has failed time and time again: our socialized system of healthcare. Beating a dead horse comes to mind, but for the NDP, campaigning means making people unable to refute the things he wishes to pour money into. What common person, especially in the left-wing world of the Maritimes, is going to refute keeping ERs open? After all, if you don’t support his proposals, you appear to be a heartless individual or a “right wing extremist” according to the Left. For Dexter, it’s a win-win situation.
Perhaps it’s just my perception, but to me the NDP is continuing their tradition of emotion baiting and failed logic. In contrast, the Progressive Conservatives have been campaigning on solid, sound ideas that are simple: tax cuts are good for businesses, good for the working class, and good for the economy. With the current state of the economy, the choice seems clear.
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