Ironic that in Alberta it was Tories that brought in the Health Care Premium in one of Canada's wealthiest provinces to pay down the supposed deficit in the nineties. Only poor Newfoundland had a Health Care Premium (tax). Until the Liberals imposed it in Ontario after finding their Tories had left them a deficit.
Asked by the Star editorial board about his other anti-poverty measures, he noted that he would eliminate the "regressive" health tax that punishes low-income people proportionately more than it does the wealthy.
A person with a taxable income of $25,000 a year has to pay 1.2 per cent of their income – or $300 – on the health tax while a person making $1 million a year pays just 0.09 per cent of their income – $900.
Tory said he would begin the phase-out of the tax on people earning between $20,000 and $30,000 as of Jan. 1, 2008. It would be scrapped for everyone by 2011.
That initial move would help about 1 million of the poorest working people in Ontario, he said.
Another reason for Albertans to demand our fair share of the royalties due us, including the $6-8 Billion not accounted for over the last decade. That would have paid for the elimination of this unfair health care premium (tax). In fact the failure to collect those royalties resulted in the Provincial debt and deficit crisis.
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