Embracing BC NDP Corporate Tax Increases

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It’s time to start this new era of the BC NDP by pre-emptively spinning the fear-mongering campaign that the BC neoLiberal party will embark on any hour now: that the new BC NDP will raise corporate taxes and destroy our economy and put everyone out of work. Far from true, despite the 30 years of indoctrination we’ve been brainwashed with.

A couple things to consider:

  1. Corporate tax cuts don’t create jobs and grow the economy because of any unicorn-inspired trickle-down theory elfin mythology. Why? Because that great bastion of communism, the Globe and Mail, says so. So don’t be duped by government rhetoric to come because the BC Liberal party is funded to the armpits by the corporations benefitting from the tax cuts. They’re hardly unbiased.
  2. The BC Liberal party has been in a corporate tax cut frenzy for a whole decade to create a justification for the “New Era” “tough choices” of cutting services, privatizing, contracting out, closing hospital beds, undermining crown corporations’ social capital, cutting people off welfare, closing schools and generally eroding the public sector. Would you like some proof, beyond how the first $500,000 of corporate revenue will be tax free in 9.5 months? Try this from the BC Liberals’ own budget documents from the fall of 2010, it’s textbook Shock Doctrine:

So when you start hearing how the new BC NDP will be bad for business, remember these facts.

Facts are good. They are the silver bullet for voodoo fear tactics. Embrace hope and principle and reject zombie neoliberal economics designed to impoverish the poorest 95% of the citizens.

And if you would like to read more about how low corporate taxes have dropped in BC in this past decade, read all about it here.

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website, dgiVista.org.

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8 thoughts on “Embracing BC NDP Corporate Tax Increases”

    1. Suggest a quick fact check on your end there, chum. If 60% of British Columbians got off their asses to vote in 2001, it would have been a blessed miracle, similar to the parting of the Red Sea, or turning water to wine. But I guess, when you’re a Liberal, making up random numbers comes with the territory.

      Heads up: 55.4 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot that year, and 21.56% voted for the NDP. Maybe they weren’t big Ujjal fans. Maybe the media spin on the NDP boondoggles of yore did what it set out to do. Being that I wasn’t incarcerated or without access to the news, I remember it was certainly NOT based on corporate tax cuts alone.

      1. I misspoke. I meant to say, “why did over 60% of British Columbians in 2001 who voted vote out the BCNDP”?

        Perhaps it’s because they ran the economy into the ground. Capital went on strike. The PacifiCatastrophe was just one of several wasteful scandals. People just wanted the BCNDP gone, hence they only got two seats… one of which was a forfeit really since the candidate lacked the guts to debate Joy MacPhail.

        1. It’s really just a shame that all the scandals the BCLibs have engaged in – like the conference centre, where the cost overruns were more than the Fast Ferries, or hell, the ridiculous selling of the Fast Ferries for less than scrap – haven’t been blown up in the media like the scandals the NDP blundered into.

          …and really, a Christy Clark Fan? Sigh.

          1. Kevin, thank you for screwing up the courage to mix it up. Just remember the PacifiCat Fast Ferries had less capacity than the ferries they replaced at almost the same speed with high wake that destroyed beaches.

            Oh and what scandals? BCRail a scandal? Oh, come on it was a deal done roughly for sure but nobody’s complaining about the service of the privatized BCRail.

            1. The Conference Centre is one of the scandals that leap to mind. Also, the BC Libs have their own ferry fiasco – from what I understand, the German-built boats aren’t running often at all because they suck down too much diesel and aren’t efficient.

              I can understand that you’re a fan of Christy Clark, but I think even you would have to admit that the media coverage in BC is rather horribly slanted… no BC Lib screwups get enough media play to even *qualify* as scandals.

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