In terms of their proposed cut to the Government Sales Tax (the G.S.T.), even the Honourable James Flaherty , P.C. , M.P. , the Member for Whitby—Oshawa and Minister of Finance , once stated that a cut to that tax would be a "knee-jerk" decision, offering "no long-term positive gain for the economy"; many economists have categorized the proposed tax cut as being anti-productivity and anti-growth.
In terms of higher learning, training, research and innovation, the Conservative Party of Canada has committed to cut the $9.4 billion in commitments made by the previous Government of Canada , and is prepared only to commit $1.4 billion toward research and development.
Hon. John McCallum[/color], P.C., M.P.,]Why is Canada’s prosperity not a top-five priority? Why did the Conservative platform move in the wrong direction on tax policy? Why were they missing in action on innovation and learning? And why do they appear to offer only cuts to departments that are critical to Canada’s future prosperity?
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