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Dreschel: NDP says the rich should fund LRT

It’s clear that LRT is an election issue. Above: Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay speculates on delays that might occur before Hamilton gets LRT. Below, Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel reports on the funding scenario being promoted by the NDP.

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By Andrew Dreschel

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Hamilton’s proposed LRT system should be funded by hiking corporate taxes and tapping high-income earners. Horwath argues that raising corporate taxes, cracking down on corporate tax loopholes and maintaining higher tax rates on folks earning more than $500,000 a year will go a long way in drumming up the necessary dollars.

“Where I would start is there. I wouldn’t start by assuming we have to go to the same beleaguered taxpayer, go to the same pocket that’s already been picked dry by the Liberals.”

As MPP for Hamilton Centre, she’s solidly behind Hamilton’s proposed $800-million light rail system, which dovetails with her party’s support for the overall GTHA’s Big Move regional transit vision.

But Horwath’s mantra is no new taxes, tolls or fees that hit middle-class families. That sets the stage for a spring election if the minority Liberal government sticks to its guns and includes some of those so-called new revenue tools in its upcoming budget to pay for the Big Move.

Read the rest of Andrew Dreschel’s column at thespec.com

Andrew Dreschel’s commentary appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

adreschel@thespec.com 905-526-3495

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3 Responses to “Dreschel: NDP says the rich should fund LRT”
  1. Jim Jaszewski says:

    It’s pretty revolting to regularly witness ALL ‘social-democratic’ parties the World over, whinging (and none more slavishly than the NDP) about a purported ‘middle-class’ — which they supposedly represent (as opposed to traditional ‘liberal’ parties being the traditional champions of the ‘middle class’, the World over). We ALL should know that the NDP was supposedly founded to represent the *WORKING*-class; or so they claimed, once upon a time…

    These days however, *even the Hamilton & District Labour Council doesn’t _really_ support the working-class*… whatever they say every September ‘Labour Day’ after a few beer, in Dundurn Park. So why would that long-time de facto conservative business party, the NDP, do otherwise..??

    What Hamilton — and the World — needs OTOH, is a WORKERS’ party which ACTUALLY represents their true interests: and every worker KNOWING that for a happy fact.

    The ENTIRE cost of the LRT — let alone of a Hamilton SUBWAY system — MUST be borne by the rapacious business class interests which have been increasingly fleecing north american workers for over 4 decades now. These financial predators must PAY the ‘back-taxes’ they in fact owe us all: a debt which the NDP and their trade union apparatus co-conspirators are actually in the business of seeing that the working-class NEVER extracts from their capitalist patrons.

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