Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo incumbent MP Cathy McLeod says Canada’s Conservatives are the best and only option to lead the country in the right direction.
If re-elected to the federal government on Oct. 19, she says her party will continue to move forward with some important measures for the economy.
McLeod notes some of the “absolutely critical” aspects include lowering taxes for small businesses and workers, and promoting jobs and growth through maintaining corporate tax rates.
“We believe the platforms of the other parties are going to stall recovery and kill jobs.”
Forestry companies in the South Cariboo and across the Canada would suffer from the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hikes from 15 to 17 per cent, she adds.
“For companies perhaps being challenged right now, those are going to be job killers.”
McLeod says her government will “live within its means” and create an environment where Canadian businesses can be successful.
“[We have] lots of measures that will be critically important for the small businesses of 100 Mile House and area … we are going to move the small business tax rate down to nine per cent [from 11, by 2017], and so that allows people to invest into their company rather than [that money] coming to the government.”
The Conservatives also pledge continued economic stewardship on government spending, she explains.
“We are really pleased that we have the $2-billion surplus in 2014/15 and … currently there is a $5-million surplus in the first three months of this year.”
McLeod says her party also won’t raise Canada Pension Plan or Employment Insurance payroll deductions to further ease the burden on small businesses.
Their plan also includes a whole suite of programs and measures in support of families and individuals, including universal child care, and compassionate-care benefits going from six weeks to six months for end-of-life care.
“For seniors, there is going to be a new Single Seniors Tax Credit [of $2,000] … because we have heard how their costs can be significant – more when they don’t have a partner to share them with.”
McLeod says the NDP’s “Swiss cheese” economic plan contains much ambiguity.
“With their very inconsistent statements from the long-gun registry to the income splitting and resource development, you really don’t know where they stand.”
Other important actions taken by her party are standing up for Canadian values on the world stage, she explains.
“We are the only party that has committed to carrying on with that very challenging fight against ISIL.”
McLeod adds some recent criminal justice legislation enhancements will toughen up punishments for people convicted of impaired driving causing death, and her government is also doubling funding for child victim advocacy centres.