Clement Calls on Trudeau to Come Clean on Health Tax

January 31, 2017

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to rule out implementing a new $1,000 plus tax on Canadians’ healthcare and dental benefits today.

During Question Period in the House of Commons this afternoon, Trudeau was asked directly if his Liberal government is considering a potential tax on employer-paid health and dental benefits, and he refused to answer directly. Reports are circulating that the federal finance ministry could turn health and dental benefits into taxable income in the upcoming budget.

“The fact the Prime Minister will not clearly rule out this new tax in the face of media reports and direct questions is seriously worrisome,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement. “This tax would place a serious financial burden on families across Parry Sound-Muskoka and all of Canada, impacting their healthcare and standard of living.”

Clement added that the Liberals are racking up deficits to the point that the country`s books will not be balanced until 2055. This is according to Finance Minister Bill Morneau`s own departmental projections released just before Christmas.

“The Liberals promised Canadians modest deficits during the election campaign, but quickly started spending once in government. They now have to reach into the pockets of Canadians to fund their pet projects. We have the carbon tax, now this potential health and dental tax. There is likely more to come, and it is all bad news for hardworking families looking to make ends meet,” said Clement.