Hey, what an unbearably cold day! Well hopefully the antics of Parliament will warm you up... *crickets* no? ok, I tried. Today, Parliament resumes in the House of Commons, after a 6-week winter break. I watched a bit of question period online, and I'll admit, its really only fun to watch when they scream at each other. There wasn't too much screaming today.
What's the hot topic in parliament you ask? I know you're just dying to know. Michael Ignatieff, criticized Mr. Harper's budget for its inclusion of corporate tax cuts, at a time when the government is running a $55 billion deficit (or somewhere there abouts). Harper countered this by arguing that corporate tax cuts "promote jobs, and improve the economy". Ignatieff went on to say the money lost from corporate tax cuts would be better spent on training and education for citizens, as a better means of improving the economy. How do you feel about the issue? Tax cuts for business vs. no Tax cuts for business. My election radar is beeping really loudly; you know the annoying alarm-clock type beeping? NDP leader Jack Layton has sided with the Liberals on this issue, saying the Conservatives need to, "help Canadian families, rather than big business, if they don't want an election".
Currently the federal business tax is 16.5%, which will be lowered to 15% if the budget passes.
Other items talked about today in the house of commons included a heavy criticism over the PM's response to the current crisis in Egypt. Is the PM taking enough of a stand in the Egypt crisis? Is he fully representing Canadian democratic values on the global political scene?
You can watch question period live here: www.cpac.ca