The Trudeau government is planning to take more money from municipalities.
We already know that Justin Trudeau is a big-time centralizer.
Instead of devolving power to more local levels – where leaders know their communities best – Trudeau wants more and more money going to the central government.
And now, Trudeau is launching a new tax grab.
I was recently contacted by the Mayor of a smaller Saskatchewan Municipality, who brought attention to an issue that hasn’t received much coverage.
While people often think of highly paid city councillors when they think of municipal governments, the reality is that most municipal officials represent smaller communities, and are paid very little.
Many either serve part-time, or just make enough to get buy. The lower salaries ensures that smaller municipalities can focus their resources on providing important services.
As a result, previous federal governments offered a tax exemption to some municipal officials, so they could make ends meet while saving their communities the cost of either passing on the tax revenue to the federal government, or having to pay higher salaries.
But as of the start of 2019, the Trudeau government is removing that exemption.
And as the Mayor told me, it means that many municipalities will either have to raise the remuneration to account for the Trudeau tax hike, or get paid even less, which will be a big problem for the many people serving small communities who get paid incredibly low amounts already.
Trudeau probably thinks this won’t get much attention, and probably thinks he can just deflect all the blame onto municipal governments, but we shouldn’t let him get away with it.
However the feds try to spin it, this is a tax hike on Canadian municipalities that will result in more money being taken out of local communities and going to the central government. And that’s a bad thing for Canada.
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