EDITORIAL: Some good news for you and your family this tax season

Leader's Ledger by Hon. Patty Hajdu MP

National Politics

Thunder Bay Superior North MP Patty Hajdu is seeing re-election
Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu

THUNDER BAY – Tax season is here. While it can be a stressful time for some families, our government is working hard to make life more affordable for Canadians.

We have cut taxes for the middle class, created a more generous, tax-free Canada Child Benefit, improved CPP, increased Old Age Security and introduced a small business tax cut.

A typical family of four is $2,000 better off this year thanks to the middle-class tax cut and CCB. The Canada Workers Benefit will give up to $2,335 for low-income families this year. And as a result of our work to lower the small business tax rate to 9%, small businesses will see an average savings of $7,500. And seniors that receive OAS will see an increase of more than $1,700.

We are making life easier for Canadians with real change. But there’s more to do.

Starting this year, it will no longer be free to pollute in Canada. When pollution is free there is more of it. And while we take action on climate change, we will keep life affordable for people in Ontario.  Simply fill out your 2018 Income Tax and Benefit Return to claim your Climate Action Incentive. And if you live in a rural community, the incentive is 10 per cent higher!

Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer are following Stephen Harper’s playbook with their only priority being to make pollution free again. And Conservatives talk a lot about affordability yet they’ve voted against policies that will help the middle-class time and time again. You deserve a serious plan to protect our environment and grow our economy. We are delivering on both.

Whether it’s through investing in infrastructure, creating good jobs, or supporting families and businesses, we’re working hard to make life more affordable for Canadians.

To make sure you’re receiving all of the benefits you may be entitled to, make sure you file your taxes by April 30, 2019.

Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North