Friday, December 12, 2008

Budget 2009 : Open door policy!

Via Maxwell's House, we learn that Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finangling, has thrown open the doors to all Canadians to contribute to Budget 2009 at the ministry website! Really. What's your pleasure?
Sure there's a handy list of suggestions but also a page to write in your own.

Sven at Fish Eggs has an idea :

"Every Canadian Citizen, will, for the next twelve months, receive a $2000 monthly payment. If you make more than $35,000 per year, it will be progressively taxed to ensure it gets to those whom need it the most. Simple.

This programme will run for one year only. Short.

As the lower income earners all know, this money would enter the economy almost completely, as there is little or no room for most to squirrel away their money. People could spend this money to buy a car, thus bailing out the auto industry. Or they could choose to spend it on housing, thus bailing out the housing industry. Or they may decide to invest in more education and go back to school, thus bailing out the education sector. What matters here is that the PEOPLE would decide where to put OUR hard earned tax dollars. The politicians would then be able to see where we chose to put our money and they could then craft legislation to reflect these investment choices made by Canadians. Effective."

Go for it, Sven.


Beijing York said...

Do you think the Harper government will publish the results of their on-line survey?

I just filled it out and provided detailed feed back. I remember doing the same for the Human Rights Museum and I don't think they ever presented the results.

I guess it will just become a brief sound bite for Harper. Much like his throwaway line when he gave his mini-presidential address last week, claiming that Canadians had told him that they voted for him and his mandate. Um yeah, sure, whatever you say Stevo.

Anonymous said...

i like the $2,000 has a tad of a ring of a canadian game show to it too. it's certainly more then i make, and would be easier and perhaps more beneficial then my idea of being able to earmark where your taxes go.

so, i'll take door number uno :D

hey alison....stuck here in mexico with a broken tranny . should be ready tomorrow ....or 'manana, manana' as they say, then i'll be high tailing it out of here through arizona and perhaps, egads, dare i say, maybe kissing u.s. soil?

Alison said...

Beijing : It's the new acting accountable!

Scout! Great to hear from you! Hope you're writing a book and kissing is always good. ;-x

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