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2016-11-14 17:28 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Economic prosperity, Government bills, Second reading, Tax relief,

Allègement fiscal, Deuxième lecture, Prospérité économique

Madam Speaker, to my friend and colleague from Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, he may have finally convinced the member for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, but for me taxes are not about spending people's money, but about sharing common costs.

It is not about being taxpayers, but about being citizenry. Elections are about deciding our priorities in broad strokes and what those common costs are. We exist as a legislative body to decide on those finer details, thus this budget.

Does my friend and colleague believe, as he has hinted, that tax cuts are the only possible way to grow the economy? If so, if we eliminated taxes altogether, would we then as a country become infinitely prosperous? It is simple calculus, according to his pitch. In a limit formula according to Conservatives, as taxes approach zero, prosperity is infinite. Does he really believe in trickle-down economics?

Madame la Présidente, mon ami et collègue d'Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock a peut-être fini par convaincre le député de Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, mais, pour moi, si l'on perçoit de l'impôt, ce n'est pas pour dépenser l'argent des autres, mais pour partager des coûts communs.

Nous ne sommes pas que des contribuables, mais aussi des citoyens. Aux élections, nous définissons les grandes lignes de nos priorités et les coûts communs. Puis, le corps législatif que nous formons en précise les détails, d'où le budget.

Est-ce que mon ami et collègue pense, comme il l'a laissé entendre, que la seule façon de créer de la croissance économique est de réduire l'impôt? Dans l'affirmative, si nous abolissions carrément l'impôt, est-ce que le pays deviendrait infiniment prospère? C'est une simple question de calcul, selon son discours. Selon une formule limite, à en croire les conservateurs, lorsque l'impôt approche de zéro, la prospérité est infinie. Croit-il vraiment à la théorie économique des effets de retombées?

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