Thank You for having me here.
It shouldnt be about trying to take down any government. It needs to be about making democracy work and making Canada better.
The corporate tax rate is around 16% and will drop down to the 15% mark. The US rate is around 35%. We need to make sure that we are competitive. We want rates to be more in line with 2008 levels. This will not only maintain our competitive edge but will free up money to be put back in the economy.
The small business makes up almost half of all jobs in Canada. Our plan will lower the small business rate from 11% to 9%. This will allow the small business to be more competitive and hire more workers.
If you look at the NDP record across the country we have produced a surplus budget more than any other party. I believe our record is 51% of the time. The conservatives second and the liberals only 30%. Our budget is fully costed and has been verified by third party economists.
The people of Canada are very tired of the games in politics. Jack represents something different. Honesty, integrity, work ethic. These are words that describe Jack. People are ready to ask more from politicians and Jack delivers.
As I said earlier, Our Budget is fully costed with a balanced budget by 2014. These platform issues such as pensions are something that needs to be addressed. You have people who are working their entire lives in this country and then they end up living in poverty. The maximum CPP benefit is $11,000. It is not liveable. Our plan will not increase taxes on the middle-class it will offer support and strength.
Plenty of questions in our in-queue already today. You'd think people were anxious to gather as much information as possible before the election on Monday! Susan is getting through as many as she can. Our next question comes from Rex.
The NDP will see 6,000 new training spaces for nurses and 1,200 new training spaces for doctors. We will speed up recognition of foreign credentials to see more doctors. We will be lowering the cost of prescription drugs. These are just a few of the measures to fix what is broken.
I look at it as letting people in Cambridge decide who their voice should be. It is not a fight between Gary and myself it is options for the people. I am willing to be that strong voice for Cambridge. I have spent many years in Cambridge working with many charity, community, and environmental groups and am not about to shy away from futher advancement of Cambridge.
Personally, I want to see Cambridge take advantage of all the potential we have. Our city is in a position to be an economic leader in the area but I don't feel we have been progressing with the times. I want to improve job prospects, affordable housing, and making sure that average canadians can afford to stay in their homes and retire in dignity.
Financing for our plan is by using a practical, modest, and reasonable approach. Our plan takes advantage of money that is already out there focusing on closing tax haven loop holes, ending huge subsidies to massively profitable companies, and bring corporate tax rates to competitive levels. Redirecting this money to these programs will create jobs further stimulating the economy.
I know from all the doors that I have knocked on that people are asking more from their government and they should. Locally I don't want to speculate but it has been very positive out there on the streets.
I see a lot of the problem being that the jobs that are being created now are temporary, low paying part time jobs especially in Cambridge. We need to take advantage of the new technologies and green manufacturing to march into the future with well paying job. We need to make sure that businesses are supported in training people to work in htese environments. Our plan recognizes this.
This is great question and one that has been talked about a great deal around my kitchen table. The NDP have been represented in Cambridge. People like Mike Farnin, or Max Saltsman come to mind. In my opinion Cambridge should see a shift in voting. The NDP values are values that appeal to the hard working people of Cambridge.
Runing against an incumbent is always an uphill battle. This only inspires me to work harder but that is not the reason for running. I truly believe that I can represent Cambridge and help to ensure a prosperous future.
We do need to work to improve public transit in the city of Cambridge. Cambridge needs to see equal treament in the region. The NDP plan will see another cent of the gas tax go directly to the municipalities. This will help bring down the cost of public transit. I would fight to see that Cambridge receives equal treatment.
This is a cute question. I hope you asked him what he admires about me. If I had to say something about Gary I would say that he has always been very polite to me.
OK, it's time for me to sound the 10-minute warning. Susan is moving pretty quickly so we might get 3 more questions in. We'll do 2 at least before moving on to closing comments.
I will tell you my personal belief. I am not a fan of strategic voting. If you want to see government that represents you then you have to vote for what you want to see and not for what you don't want. It is only then that peoples voices are truly heard.
Cambridge ranked 117th on a list of best places to live in Canada. Well below all our neighbouring cities. This highlights the need to demand better. Job prospects, afforable housing, and being able to walk or bike to work are areas that need immediate attention.
Affordability is what are party is focused on. We are not trying to give the farm away. We just want to make sure the farmers get paid. Our budget is clearly focused on helping the hard working middle class and making sure life is affordable. The plan will create jobs and stimulate the economy.
OK, folks, that's all the time we have for today. Susan managed to get through every question that came in, including those late comments from Bob and Stephanie. Way to get in under the wire, guys! :)
Susan, before we let you go...any final thoughts?
Thank You for having me here and thank everyone for sending me all those questions. Now I pose a question to you. What kind of government do you want to see? Will it be one that continues to make a growing gap between the extreme rich and everyone else or will it be a government that represents all people. May 2 please go out and vote. Vote Susan Galvao NDP.
Thanks very much for the time today, Susan, and best of luck on Monday. In fact, since this is our final chat, good luck to each of our candidates on Monday and thanks again for stopping by. It goes without saying that we also thank you, the listener and online "chatter" for participating in these forums. It's been fun...and we didn't even sling too much mud. Imagine that. :)
Please vote on Monday.