Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Michael Ignatieff: Taxer's Delight

Ignatieff flip-flops incessantly on taxation

Who would have thought Michael Ignatieff is a fan of the Sugar Hill Gang? Or at least the Black Eyed Peas.

When it comes to taxation, Ignatieff has been all about the "flip flip flip" and the "flop flop flop" as he keeps he party's position on taxation "movin' non non non stop".

All this for the political benefit of the LPC.

Speaking in Ottawa today, the Liberal leader tried to undo some damage he did to himself yesterday when he mused about raising taxes.

“We will have to raise taxes,” Ignatieff mused during a stop in Cambridge, Ontario. “I am not going to load a deficit onto your children or mine.”

Today, Ignatieff "clarified" his remarks by noting that his party would do everything it could to avoid raising taxes.

“I was asked a hypothetical question, ‘what if none of that works?' and no honest politician, faced with an $80-billion deficit, can take anything off the table,'” Ignatieff insisted. “I will do anything I can, and any sensible politician will do anything they can to avoid increasing the tax burden on Canadians, especially now, and hopefully later as well.”

This isn't the first time Ignatieff has been at the centre of an embarrassing flip-flop on the issue of taxation.

In January, Ignatieff's Liberals threatened to defeat the government over tax cuts for the middle class.

The trouble was that Ignatieff had previously supported permanent tax cuts for the middle class.

This is how Ignatieff has put himslef in the position he's currently in -- promising that he'll try not to raise taxes, wiping out tax cuts that he was in favour of before he was opposed to.

At least that's the position that he's in right now, at least until he flip flops the flippie the flippie to the flip flip flop.

Other bloggers writing about this topic:

Canadian Sentinel - "Liberals Would Raise Taxes: Ignatieff"

Cameron Holmstrom - "Iggy’s Training To Be A Gymnast In The 2012 Summer Olympics"

Daily Salt Shaker - "Iffy Not Reading the Liberal Playbook"

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