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Ford vows to scrap provincial income tax for minimum wage workers

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford takes questions from journalists during a pre-budget lock-up as the Ontario Provincial Government prepares to deliver its 2018 Budget at the Queens Park Legislature in Toronto on March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they would eliminate provincial income tax for anyone earning the minimum wage if elected this June.

Tory Leader Doug Ford, who is unveiling key planks of his platform one by one, says he would bring in a tax credit by next January.

He says the program would cost the province roughly $500 million a year. As premier, he would only have jurisdiction over the provincial income tax.

The promise echoes an earlier proposal from Ford, who had vowed to scrap the tax for anyone taking home less than $30,000 a year.

At the time, an independent economic analysis showed low-income workers would benefit more from a higher minimum wage — a Liberal plan — than lower taxes.

The analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found the planned wage hike would bring people more money than a tax cut would save them.

Ford has vowed to keep the minimum wage at $14 rather than going through with a scheduled increase that would bump it to $15 next year.

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Still waiting on Doug Ford’s actual platform. To all the people I know that have always voted PC in provincial elections are having a hard time supporting Ford. He better perform well in the debates because so far, all we’re getting is sound bites and no real plan.

April 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm