Last time on Parliament Hill, the government created a bill so large that everyone in the House of Commons spent more then 100 hours voting and finished at 3AM before the 41st Session of Parliament was let out for the summer. Bill C-38, the budget bill, was too big to be debated and despite the autocratic vastness, the brave Canadian knight known as Elizabeth May, with support from the villages of NDP and Liberal, attempted to make hundreds of amendments to the omnibus bill with little success.
Despite spending 100+ hours, part two of the budget bill is to be introduced in the tomorrow, during the first week of resuming parliament. The bill contains many many changes which serve to cut government programs. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty promises this bill will contain items that was left out of the bill that contained a lot of non-budgetary related things, such as immigration laws and defining what Canada’s environmental assessment process is.
“It’s quite the bill” Promises Flaherty “It’s another serious one”
- Cutting government employee pensions
- Selling off assets
- Refocusing what the National Research Council deems in demand
- Changing the Species at Risk act
- Job creation (which is the corner stone of the Conservative agenda this term. Not to be confused with last year when Job Creation was the focus and we gave money to companies who polluted our country, broke equipment when they had finished onsite work to get reimbursed from the government, but provided temporary jobs on oil rigs)
- Increase the contribution that public sector workers, RCMP, Parliamentarians and police officers, have to contribute to their pension plan to 50% or equal to that of their employers; it’s a 60% employer/40% employee split now. There is a clause in Bill C-13 which states if you do not pay an equal amount to your pension then what your employer has paid it will be taken from your pension plan when you retire.
- Civil servant retirement age to be raised to 65 from 60. Effectively ending a lot of benefits starting in 2013.
- Pension plans adjustment for MPs will be discussed in the next session of parliament, rather then this one, because when the Harper government said “to be discussed in the next session” what they meant was “the session when they’re out of office”. MPs currently retire at the age of 55, but if they sit for another 6 years they get a pension of $55,000 of sweet taxpayer dollars. We pay $23 a year for every dollar an MP contributes to their pension plan.
- Getting rid of the corporate management review
- Changing the eligibility to the tax for the disability tax credit in Bill C-3 part 2. Changing those with Registered Disability Savings Plans who have shortened life expectancies to have their information shared with countries which we have entered tax agreements with. This is a way to implement TPP. One of the clauses in TPP is the criminalizing of generic drugs. Being able to share bank account information of people using a Registered Disability Plan, it becomes easier to catch people purchasing generic drugs. Part 13 of Bill C-3 is to amend Canada’s Shipping Act to correspond with Part 2 of this bill.
- Extend tax exemptions for those exploring Minerals (mining companies)
- Expand eligibility rules for environmental trusts
- The deduction of taxable items for companies in the oil sector
- New rules for charities regarding what is defined as a charity
- New rules to keep people from avoiding paying taxes on their pension and disability plans
- Tax exemptions for corporations who are “interested in partnerships”
- Stiffer definition of a financial dependent
- Changes the rules of post secondary scholarship tax exemptions
- Illuminates soft lumber import charges
- New tariff to ‘low value’, non-commercial imports arriving by post or courier; in other words, a direct tax to those who order things off the internet via post or courier.
- Part 12 of Bill C-13 removes the right for employers to ask people to retire, leaving little room for people entering the work force.
- Part 18 of Bill C-13 makes it so registered political parties are no longer eligible for quarterly allowances to help them function
- And so much more
- Omg there is so much
- Go look at Bill C-38
- OMFG so much
- How is this happening
- This is actually terrifying
Bill C-38-Omnibus Budget Bill
Bill C-3- Supporting Vulnerable Seniors and Strengthening Canada’s Economy: An Act To Implement Certain Provisions in the Budget of 2011 as of June
Bill C-13- Keeping Canada’s Jobs and Economy Growing- an Act to Implement the Budget
C-23- Free Trade Agreement (TPP Related)
C-24- Free Trade Agreement (TPP Related)