There is a brief report tonight that quotes Ignatieff as saying that in order to eliminate the deficit, it's likely that a government would have to do so through taxes.
“an honest politician” cannot exclude a tax hike as an option. “I am not going to load a deficit onto your children or mine,” Ignatieff said.
Unless you have some miraculous solution that no one else has thought of, he's speaking truth isn't he? And of course he's not the first person to mention this. Didn't David Dodge mention this recently? And then there is the GST. A tax cut that afterall was nothing more than a political calculation that sounded wonderful but has not had any meaningful effect except to deplete the government coffers.
At any rate, Ignatieff is not talking about raising taxes now. He was answering a question about the deficit and how to get out of the mess the Conservatives have created. You know, a mess yet again requiring the Liberals to clean up.
Facts though, as we know, mean nothing to the Conservatives. Indeed, they were all over the airwaves tonight trying to spin Ignatieff's words and scare Canadians. They're good at that. Scaring I mean. Their spin on the other hand is devoid of fact and reliant on information taken out of context. One spinner even made me laugh out loud. Tom Lukiwski, (who ironically some said had his own out of context fight not that long ago), actually said that the Liberal 'hidden agenda' was being revealed. Hidden agenda? Have the Conservatives had an original thought....ever?
Personally, I think we're starting to see how things might shake out in an election. One leader who might say what's uncomfortable but true, pitted against an absolute liar.
Trust the Conservatives to consider the truth a bad thing.