Andrew Scheer’s Vision for Young Families

May 9, 2018

Canada is a diverse nation that should offer diverse opportunities to all Canadian families. The Canadian government should be looking to provide new opportunities for hard-working citizens, rather than taxing them away. Part of this should be allowing parents the opportunity to spend time with their children, spouses, extended, and immediate family. I and my Conservative colleagues believe in this wholeheartedly.

We firmly believe that the Canadian government should not be taxing the time parents take to be with their children during the important early years. And that is why the Conservative Party of Canada, led by Andrew Scheer introduced the Supporting New Parents Act to eliminate federal taxes on employment insurance for parental leave benefits.

If passed, this bill would give Canadian parents a break by eliminating the federal tax on parental leave benefits. For example, a Canadian who earned $50,000 per year would be eligible for a tax credit of around $4,000 when welcoming a new child into their family.

Parents work hard every day to provide for their families, it is simply the right thing to be able to take time to spend with one’s family and not fear the tax that will result from that action. Parents shouldn’t be taxed on the time they spend bonding and caring for their newborns. The early days with a newborn are some of the most formative and my colleagues and I believe that families should not be taxed for this precious time spent. We believe in putting people before government.

I believe that parents should feel able to take time to spend with their families to create memories and form the important bond between a child and their parents. Eliminating the tax on this time enables families the ability to spend that time with less worry.

I believe in the positive Conservative vision put forward by our leader, Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party of Canada. The vision looks to put money back in the pockets of Canadians, it looks to allow Canadians to spend time with their loved ones, and it looks to provides opportunities to hard-working Canadians.

Families should be able to look forward to spending time with their loved ones, not worrying about how their time off will be taxed. Strong families are important, they support each other, they give back to their communities, and they help in fostering lively and caring neighbourhoods. Strong families are the backbone of Canada, and it is my belief that the federal government should help support that.

Giving families the time to spend raising their young ones is just one of the many ways that I believe we can continue to make Canada a prosperous nation while providing opportunities for all Canadians. Regardless of education, job, race, or otherwise, people should be able to enjoy the great gifts life can offer – spending time with loved ones being one of them.