December 13th, 2018

2018 in Review: Liberals Choose Rich Corporations Over Everyday People

OTTAWA – Trudeau’s Liberal government’s record in 2018 is defined by an unwillingness to help out Canadians struggling to make ends meet, but proves they are more than willing to give massive tax giveaways to the most profitable corporations and richest people in society, according to the NDP.

“When regular people claim something on their taxes, they are given 90 days to prove that it’s a legal claim, whereas it’s been two years since the Panama Papers revealed that many of the richest people in Canada have been stashing billions of dollars in illegal offshore tax havens, and still not a single charge has been laid,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. “It’s like playing Monopoly where the richest always have a get-out-of-jail-free card, and everyone else has to roll the dice.”

Layoffs, plant closures and precarious work have left many Canadians on shaky ground, hoping they'll be able to get through this holiday season. As it stands, more than half of all Canadians are $200 away from not being able to pay their bills and this season many of us will take on even more debt. Instead of bringing in immediate relief for people facing a housing crisis and crushing personal debt, Trudeau's priority has been to give billions of dollars in corporate giveaways with no strings attached, such as the $14 billion they gave to corporations this fall.

“Mr. Trudeau doesn't understand what people are actually going through and his choices this past year reflect that,” added Singh. “New Democrats are in your corner. We will always push to get the results Canadians need in their daily lives. Because this is not as good as it gets and we can do so much more, together.”