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Scheer addresses overflow crowd in Parksville

Andrew Scheer

0915 - Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer addressed an overflow crowd in Parksville on Sunday outlining his plan for a universal tax cut, saying his government would cut the tax rate on taxable income less than $47,630 from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent.

He promised to repeal the carbon tax and spoke about the importance of protecting Canada’s rivers by ending the practice of dumping raw sewage into rivers, lakes and oceans. MORE

Conservatives to make maternity benefits tax free

0821- Canadian families could save as much as $4,000 a year under the Conservative party’s commitment to make maternity benefits tax-free, says Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate John Hirst. 

Party leader Andrew Scheer announced the program at a Toronto child care centre this week.

“Having a child is an exciting milestone in any person’s life, but it comes with added costs and pressures”,  Scheer said, adding the program will remove federal income tax from employment insurance (EI) maternity and EI paternal benefits by providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs.