I've been asked for my opinion. By no less a figure than Justin Trudeau:
We want your opinion on these new ideas as we head into the Fall session of Parliament. From infrastructure investment, to income tax splitting, and CBC funding, your voice on these topics is important – and we are listening.
Take this quick poll and tell us what you think on these issues.
Well this sounds like a great opportunity to have my opinions heard. So long as my opinions correspond with those of Gerald Butts:
The federal government has announced plans to phase out door-to-door delivery of mail by Canada Post, replacing it with community mailboxes. The plan could impact seniors, small businesses and those with disabilities.
Do you support or oppose ending Canada Post’s home delivery service?
Bold ideas to confront the challenges of the 21st century! Nothing says modernity like asking if mid-Victorian cutting edge still cuts it. I have not had door to door delivery in a quarter of a century. When I do bother getting my mail it is almost always junk. For a special treat I get a bill from one of the more backward utilities companies. If there are people physically incapable of getting their own mail, perhaps an exception should be made. Otherwise this a government service whose time has come and long gone.
The federal government has cut $115 million dollars from the CBC -- %10 percent of its budget. Do you support or oppose these funding cuts to the CBC?
I'm sensing a trend here. Outdated technology that continues to exist simply because it's subsidized by the federal government. Is that the Liberal philosophy of life? If it fails give it a grant? If it succeeds tax it to death? Like father like son.
Income tax splitting is a concept where married couples with children can “split” their income for tax purposes. In this manner, the partner in a higher tax bracket can have some of their income taxed at their partner’s lower rate. This proposal would benefit 15% of Canadian families and cost Canadian taxpayers $3-billion annually. Do you support or oppose income splitting?
When you put it that way I guess it does sound greedy. Those rich bastards aren't paying their fair share! And $3 billion sounds like a really, really big number. Even when considering our $280 billion a year federal budget. So I guess it would be heartless to say I strongly support income splitting. Let the government keep that money. Who better to help Canadian families? Not actual Canadian families of course.
Ottawa currently spends half a percent of Canada’s GDP making federal infrastructure investments. Provinces/territories and municipalities are calling for greater investment in areas such as roads & bridges, mass transit, and affordable housing. Do you support or oppose greater investments in infrastructure?
Wow. Half of one percent does sound like a small number. That is until you consider that Canada's GDP is in the $1.8 trillion dollar range. So half a percent works out to about $9.1 billion. In the previous question $3 billion was a big number. For this question $9.1 billion is a small number. You almost feel as if you're being pushed in a certain direction with this poll.
Remember to follow the bouncing ball children. I'm sure Justin will.