Gidimt’en Block Pipeline, Trudeau Breaks Rules, & Tax Hikes

The Canadian News Roundup 08/01/2019

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Welcome back to the Canadian News roundup! I took a little hiatus to make sure all of the other great content we put out stayed flowing evenly throughout the holiday period, but now we are back and ready to roll. This week we’ll be diving into important federal tax changes, an indigenous tribe from First Nations expects RCMP push back, and Trudeau in hot water over a new video.

Trudeau’s Misuse Of The Prime Minister’s Office

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently came under hot water over a video he recorded at the end of the year. The video in question showed up on his official Facebook page on December 28th and showed Trudeau in the Centre Block office requesting donations for the Liberal Party as part of their fundraising efforts ahead of the eventual 2019 election. NDP MP Charlie Angus criticized the Prime Minister for using his parliamentary office for fundraising purposes; a move that is in violation of the rules regarding use of parliamentary resources. A Liberal Party spokesperson stated there will be a form of reimbursement, but what that will be remains to be seen.

First Nations & RCMP Set To Square Off

In Northern British Columbia, the Gidimt’en camp is slowly filling with more and more people to oppose the natural gas pipeline currently under construction by Coastal Gaslink. The Gidimt’en are one of the five groups that make up the Wet’suwet’en who currently hold roughly 22,000 square KM of land in northern B.C. There has been a court injunction to force access to the lands for the pipeline, however, it has been left to the discretion of the RCMP as to how and when they wish to enforce this. The Gidimt’en and supporters from other tribes are preparing for the encounter.

Federal Taxes & Deductions Set To Rise In 2019

As reported by the Toronto Sun, 2019 will be coming with quite a few increases to taxes and other federal deductions being forced onto Canadians. First and foremost is the often mentioned carbon tax plans that are set to be forced onto the provinces that haven’t already agreed to controlling their own systems. This move is expected to hike the price of gas by April at the latest. Employment insurance will be dropping 4 cents per $100, and the Canadian Pension Plan deductions will be increasing steadily over the next 5 years. The small business tax rate is set to drop 1%, though the tax rates for “passive income” is expected to result in higher overall taxes paid.

You can read more from Killian Hobbs on Think Liberty here.

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