On public knowledge of tax cuts
Thanks Adrew, Erin, Marc for the nice budget analysis.
Far from my mind to take people’s attention from it but while I was listening live to its delivery on CBC, I remembered an article I had read a couple of weeks ago on Cyberpresse (sorry, in French, am looking for the English counterpart). It stated the results of a survey conducted on people’s awareness they were getting income tax cuts for the current fiscal year (given French terminology, I assume the GST cut was out of the survey).
The upshot is that the vast majority of Canadians have no clue that they are getting income tax cuts – or rather, wrongly believed they are not getting any. The “worst” results are in QuÃ©bec, where 73% did not know, but other regions did not fare much “better” (71% in the Atlantic, 66% in BC, 65% in Ontario, 58% in the Prairies). So it seems that at the very least, some people in comm’s department may have been flogged a bit. Beyond that, though, I wonder whether this does not undercut further any claim to people’s appetite for tax cuts:
At best, this appetite would be seemed to be based on an incomplete knowledge of the actual state of things in taxation policies; at worst the whole thing is manufactured outside of people’s consciousness…