Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 10: The beat rolls on

Conservatives: End the long gun registry
Liberals: No policy announced
NDP: Strengthen CPP and retirement income

If you're a fan of government run pensions and helping seniors, then the NDP announcement today is just excellent.  The announcement is the same thing they've been talking about since anyone started talking about reforming the CPP.  Now, I'm not a fan of the CPP, so you can pretty much guess where my feelings lie on forcing people to contribute to a public defined benefit pension plan that will only be 30% funded by the time I retire.  As for Guaranteed Supplement augmentation, I might be a fan, but I see too many people make poor investment decisions in the name of maxing out their GIS.  For that reason, I'm not a fan of giving more to the generation that set this stuff up in the first place.  If seniors are having trouble making ends meet, then they should have the stones to look their kids and grandkids in the eye directly and ask for money.
Cost: 700 Million

The Liberals spent the day playing defense, and will likely have few announcements until the end of the campaign.

The Conservatives dipped into their long time playbook to promise the scrapping of the Long Gun Registry, contingent on a majority government.  To be quite frank, they seem to be running a different campaign this time out - eliminating the "hidden agenda" argument by putting their cards on the table.  I wonder if it's going to work.

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