Today, Finance Canada released the 2007 Federal Budget. It had a whack of goodies in it, as predicted. It had a whole bunch of tax measures aimed at so-called suburban voters (read: people who live in the GTA, but not downtown). It had another baby bonus, to the tune of an additional $310 a year. And some piddly little amount of money to "help people over the welfare wall".
You know what it didn't have? It had nothing for me, a single urban dweller with no dependents. I want a tax credit. If the government wants us to procreate (see "working families tax plan"), maybe they should give me a tax credit to join lavalife or eharmony. I'd like a Canadian book buying tax credit. How about a credit when I go to see a Canadian movie (which I've actually paid to see, um, once in my whole life)? How about a dry cleaning, personal chef, or house cleaning credit? Why not create a (wait for it kids, 'cause this would make my life complete) diet coke tax credit?
Stephen Harper, single people vote too, yanno. Even urban dwellers. Some of us even don't vote NDP (none of my friends, admittedly, but I've never voted NDP!). Why don't you get me the hook up, and maybe I'll procreate, read and watch more Canadian, contribute to the service economy, and maintain my addiction to diet coke?
Just a thought.