May 12th, 2015

NDP REALITY CHECK: Justin Trudeau's latest flip-flop-- now on corporate taxes

On corporate tax rates.

When asked if he would raise corporate taxes, Trudeau said:

“No, we won’t be raising that. I don’t think we need to raise any taxes, I think the government takes in plenty of money.” – CBC The House, February 22, 2014

Now Trudeau says:

“We know the Americans are maybe looking at dropping their corporate income tax rates, so we might have to make adjustments.” – Justin Trudeau, interview with BNN, May 11, 2015

A Trudeau spokesperson was quickly sent out to correct Trudeau’s comments:

“…we are significantly more competitive than the U.S. and our plan calls for the rate to stay where it is.” – Kate Purchase, Liberal spokesperson, May 11, 2015

JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS NOT READY: Perfecting the flip-flop

Flip-flop on small business taxes.

When asked if he supported lowering small business taxes he replied:

“Not really. Needs to be redesigned.” –Justin Trudeau, Power and Politics, April 21 2015

The next morning, Trudeau had a new position:

“We certainly wouldn't reverse the cut to small business taxes.” – Justin Trudeau, April 22, 2015

Flip-flop on C-51.

“I believe that when a government asks its citizens to give up even a small portion of their liberty, it is that government’s highest responsibility to guarantee that its new powers will not be abused.” – Justin Trudeau, February 4, 2015

Trudeau then explained why he capitulated on bill C-51, despite its attack on civil liberties:

“I do not want this government making political hay out of an issue … This conversation might be different if we weren’t months from an election campaign, but we are.” – Justin Trudeau, University of British Columbia, March 9, 2015

Flip-flop on Iraq.

Mr. Trudeau was open to a combat mission in Iraq:

“Mr. Trudeau, however, did not completely rule out sending jet fighters in the future.” – Globe and Mail, September 11, 2014

Then he was against it:

“The Liberal Party is not supportive of any extension into a combat role. We think Canada's role should be strictly non-combat." – Justin Trudeau, Scrums, September 25 2014

Then Marc Garneau clarified:

“We will of course support what is eventually decided by the government, because we know that we’re sending our men and women into combat.” – Marc Garneau, Globe and Mail, October 7, 2014

And then, Trudeau capped his Iraq flip-flops off by claiming:

“There's never been any debate within the Liberal Party about whether or not we should be part of this mission.” – Justin Trudeau, CTV Question Period, March 1, 2015

Justin Trudeau is just not ready. Canadians deserve better.