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Statement made on 15 June 2011 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In the recent budget the government continued to announce non-refundable tax credits that are absolutely useless to a large number of people.

If a person does not owe income tax, they cannot take advantage of these non-refundable tax credits. In this country, 25 million people file income tax returns every year. Ten million of them do not have incomes high enough to pay taxes. That means that 10 million people cannot take advantage of the credits outlined in the recent budget.

Why does this government continue to announce non-refundable tax credits that do not benefit the Canadians who need it the most?


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