4 things Andrew Scheer’s weakness will cost you—unless we stop him

May 27, 2019

Since being elected Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer has been clear about one thing: His priority is cutting taxes for the wealthiest Canadians and big business.

His senior finance and economic development spokespeople have said “we need lower corporate taxes” and even pushed for Trump-style tax giveaways to the wealthy.

Because Andrew Scheer will say “yes” to the one percent — that means he’ll say “no” to the things that matter to you.

Here are 4 things Scheer’s weakness could cost you and your family:

  1. Health care. Last month, senior MPs from Andrew Scheer’s team hosted a $250-a-ticket event billed as a discussion on “the business of health care” in Canada. This cash-for-access fundraiser has sparked fears the Conservatives are hatching a plan to pay for tax giveaways to the rich with cuts and American-style privation to our health care.
  2. Retirement security. The last time Conservatives were in power, Stephen Harper told billionaires in Davos, Switzerland he was raising the age ordinary Canadians could collect their Old Age Security benefits. Now the Conservatives under Andrew Scheer are opposing efforts to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan — leading many to worry he’d raise the age of eligibility for CPP too.
  3. Child and family benefits. Time and time again, Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives have voted against the interests of ordinary Canadians. They voted against asking the wealthy to pay a bit more in taxes to give middle-class families a break. And they voted against the new Canada Child Benefit that’s helping families and lifting children out of poverty. Scheer voted “no” to benefits for children, but plans to say “yes” to tax cuts for the rich?
  4. Prescription drug coverage. There are new, multi-partisan efforts underway in Ottawa to expand prescription drug coverage for ordinary Canadians — but Andrew Scheer has opposed all of them. He’d cancel any plan to lower the cost of life-saving drugs so he can give his wealthy friends a tax break instead.

Too many Canadian families are struggling already. The last thing they need is another Conservative Prime Minister who can’t say no to the richest Canadians and most profitable corporations. Make no mistake, Andrew Scheer’s weakness will cost you.

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