Trudeau Government Tries Blaming CRA Bureaucrats After Employee Discount Tax Backlash

Clearly, Trudeau was caught trying to hike taxes again, and cast blame on somebody else to avoid taking responsibility.

The government has had plans to tax employee discounts for months. The policy would have meant that employees – including many employees making minimum wage – would have been hit with a new tax on employee discounts. As you can imagine, this generated massive opposition. Once again, the Trudeau government was targeting working-class and middle-income Canadians for the extraction of more revenue, adding to the already out-of-control tax burden faced by many Canadians.

As the backlash grew, the government has retreated, and is pathetically trying to cast all the blame on the CRA.

This is a variation of the “If only the Czar knew” tactic. Whenever any government policy generates anger among the public, the “leader” acts as if they had nothing to do with it, and it’s just some rogue government workers or agency messing things up. Then, the leader swoops in and fixes the problem they supposedly knew nothing about.

Of course, Canadians can see through this tactic. Trudeau has already raised taxes on the middle class and working class, and is trying to hike taxes on Canada’s local businesses. Trudeau is only interested in generating the perception that he is helping the middle class and working class Canadians, he could care less about the substance.

So, his government was more than happy to hit countless employees (already living paycheque to paycheque), with a new tax that would make life even more unaffordable. Then, they got caught, a backlash ensued, and they blamed CRA bureaucrats.

Canadians deserve better than this dishonest government.

Spencer Fernando

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