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Since the start of the 2011 Canadian federal election, the governing Conservatives have bribed Canadians with their own money by promising to double the annual child fitness tax credit from $500 to $1000, and introducing an adult fitness tax credit of $500 per year starting in 2015-2016, when they claim the budget will be balanced. That is, despite not foreseeing the massive budget shortfalls starting in 2008, and not being likely to form a majority government in order to have a mandate for that long.

That follows up with their 2006 election campaign bribe of a one percentage point cut to the national sales tax, and a further one made ahead of schedule, in place for the 2008 election campaign.

What makes these “promises” a bribe is their election campaign timing and lack of consistency. For instance, while the Conservatives kept their sales tax cut promises, they broke their promise not to tax income trusts after they were elected.

Lest you think this is a partisan phenomenon, the other major party in Canada, the Liberals, which governed from 1993 to 2006, also bribed Canadians with their own money with their Red Book promises. Their most notable promise that wasn’t delivered upon was to replace the national sales tax in existence in 1993.

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