Morneau’s tax changes provoke a firestorm

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau would like Canadians to believe sweeping corporate tax reforms proposed by the Trudeau government are simply about making rich people pay their fair share of taxes.

But judging from the reaction of small business owners and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, accountants and others, the Liberals may be in for a bigger battle than they anticipated, before they introduce enabling legislation this fall.

  • favill

    It was those very same a-holes that voted Liberal. Fµck ’em.

    • andycanuck

      Probably not the small-business owners but the professionals definitely.

      • favill

        You haven’t met the small business owners in Ottawa.

  • Waffle

    Storm the Bastille!!!

  • There are very few Canadians who make more than $250,000 a year (remember – Trudeau has his dad’s money in a tax-free trust). What the Trudeau government cannot squeeze from the well-off, he will get from the middle-classes and the elderly, the latter of whom will be slated for euthanasia.

    • Marius K

      He starts with upper middle class then he will move to lower and lower brackets.

      • Yep.

        This was the plan all along and idiot voters went along with it.

  • Frances

    Listening to Morneau compare apples to oranges when trying to justify this is obscene, given he has a high-paying job with tax-free allowances and a gold-plated pension waiting for him. Certainly small business can – if they have the cash flow and the profitability – reduce taxes by “sprinkling” dividends out to family members. But I know no small business who do that. Au contraire, the business owners I know work long hours for relatively little remuneration. They have no fancy company pension plan of any sort, no tax-free allowances, no EI to fall back on, no paid holidays. For those whose business depends on their presence (think doctor, dentist, chiropractor, bookkeeper), a break means shut the office/clinic down or hire a locum or other replacement. Know one business owner who took only about six – eight weeks maternity leave because couldn’t afford to hire a replacement any longer.

    • canminuteman

      I think Morneau is independently wealthy and that his MP money is pocket change to him. I think he is the Morneau in Morneau Shepell.

      • Frances

        Then no doubt he, like the PM, have their own corporations solely to reduce their taxes. When Trudeau made that comment about business owners during the election campaign, the comment amongst accountants and bookkeepers was that he could say that because, being independently wealthy, that’s how he sheltered income from his speeches.

  • Observer

    This is a transfer of wealth from everybody to Liberal insiders who are the beneficiaries of most government subsidy programs.

    And while it may sound like they want “to tax the rich” don’t worry, this will cost everybody.

    • Marius K

      With these measures Liberals will be able to support the rich cronies – Bombardier, Irvings, etc. , all of whom sheltered their wealth off-shore.

  • Marius K

    73% is not a tax, it is a confiscation. Welcome to Venezuela of the north.

  • robins111

    But, but, but Justin was on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

    • Observer

      So was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

  • Exile1981

    73% ??????

    time to move out of the country

  • Shebel

    Just remember ONE thing —–
    You fucking Liberals.
    It is the small Businesses that you are Attacking—-
    That collect the TAXES .
    That you ASSHOLES require to EXIST.

    Piss us OFF—-enough-.
    and maybe we will

    Maybe, we just go underground.

    Maybe, WE will do a combination—
    of BOTH.

    Why don’t you ATTACK us a wee bit MORE.

    • Clausewitz

      Almost every trades person I have coming to my house to do work only bills on a cash only basis. We both like it that way.

  • K1

    …. uh huh
    Well… as I have been bullied and poisoned by bastards in all these groups…
    Tax away matey arrrrrrrrr