Election should be about choice, not voter handouts

I have already been bribed by the Liberal party and Justin Trudeau for my vote. Our household will receive two deposits in our bank accounts totalling $1000. In fact, all senior citizens in Canada are receiving $500 cheques. That is putting $1.95 million into our local economy. That is on top of the $300 per person that we have already received. Since seniors have the highest turnout at the polls, it’s safe to assume the Liberals are hoping this little incentive will have seniors looking more favourably on them.

Not to be outdone, Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives have promised to wave the 5 per cent GST tax through the Christmas shopping season for all Canadians. Christmas shopping alone will put an extra $100 in every household’s pocket and will result in huge savings on major purchases on cars, trucks, boats, and appliances.

For parents of young children, the Liberal election bribe is a $10 per day fee for daycare, down considerably from the $50-$75 per day fee now being charged to parents. Ontario is working to get on board with this national plan.

Yes, we are only a week into election and the bribery is well underway.

Since children can’t vote, they will be stuck well into the future to pay off the largesse of these bribes. Seniors and baby boomers will not be paying the bills. Even the millennials will only pay a portion of the debt. Instead, all these taxes, give always, and extra payments will fall to future generations. We can expect to pay more for gasoline. Don’t be surprised to see $2.50 per litre in the life of the next government. As we move to a smaller carbon footprint and greener economy the incentive will be to give up our gasoline engines in our cars and trucks. We can expect that natural gas that we use to heat our homes too will become unaffordable for many and the governments both provincial and national governments will make electricity the choice of homeowners. Both the Liberals and the New Democrats are proposing a national pharmacare program to cover the costs of all prescribed medicines. Those over the age of 65 in Ontario already have their medicines covered. It only makes sense to have all citizens covered for medicines from birth through to death. It is a good bribe and will do much to keeping Canadians healthier.

This election is about choice. This election is asking Canadians what their future should look like. This election is asking Canadians what path they wish to take in shaping a green future. This election should never be about bribing the voters with money.

Jim Cumming
Former Publisher
Fort Frances Times