Friday, February 29, 2008

The mysteries of politics

Okay. I'm the first to admit I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawe. But, really, just what is the rationale for a PM seeking a majority in the federal Parliament to unmuzzle one of the choir of castrati ministers to go out and do this:

Michael Tutton

HALIFAX–Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty launched a post-budget blitz today by lecturing provinces on the need to lower taxes and taking a swipe at Premier Dalton McGuinty for making Ontario "the last place" in Canada to start a business.

In a speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Flaherty challenged provinces to help him create a Canadian "brand" for business taxes by reducing their take of corporate profits.

"I've challenged the provinces to drive down their business tax rates to 10 per cent by 2012," he said during his speech.

Flaherty said by combining that with a 15 per cent federal rate, he would "brand our country globally as a 25 per cent business tax jurisdiction."

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