NDP MSP Plan Means Higher Taxes For British Columbians
February 27, 2017
VICTORIA, B.C. – NDP Leader John Horgan’s claims that he wants to “eliminate” MSP premiums are nothing but a cynical game of hide-and-seek – deliberately designed to deceive British Columbians and hike taxes to pay for reckless NDP spending.
Under the NDP scheme, the MSP would be eliminated in name only – and would continue to be collected in the form of a massive middle-class tax hike, rolled into other taxes.
Speaking about MSP premiums just last month, the NDP Leader made no secret of his plan to deliberately target middle-class British Columbians in collecting his ideal hidden tax, justifying it by saying: “those middle-class folks in the age of, say 35 to 54, they’re at their highest earning period” (Daily Xtra – January 24, 2017).
NDP Leader John Horgan also tipped his hand on his MSP scheme last year when he said, “I’m hopeful that they will completely review the MSP process, integrate it into the tax system” (Powell River Daily News – January 15, 2016).
Unlike the NDP scheme to raise taxes and spend recklessly, the BC Liberal Government’s fifth straight balanced budget means a middle class family of four will keep $900 a year. MSP premiums are being reduced by 50 per cent starting in January, as a first step towards eliminating MSP premiums all together.
“The NDP leader’s comments reveal that this is just the same old tax-and-spend NDP, always plotting a tax increase,” said BC Liberal MLA Bill Bennett. “Our BC Liberal Caucus believes that when government has more money than it needs, it should be returned to British Columbians, and that’s why we’re taking real action to reduce and eliminate the MSP – not just hide it in other taxes.”
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF JOHN HORGAN’S MSP PLAN
“When it comes to MSP, again it is not going to happen overnight. But if other provinces can figure out how to make sure they’re providing health services without having this premium why can’t we? And the real problem with MSP is that it’s not. The money is in the economy because we are taking it out. People are paying the premiums. But if you make $40,000 a year or you make $400,000 a year you pay the same amount. And that’s counter to our progressive tax system. Everything else that we do, all the other services we provide to people we get by saying if you make a high income you pay a little bit more. If you have a low income you pay less. And that progressive tax is what we do in Canada, except in BC when it comes to MSP. So I think, particularly when it comes to seniors, young couples, those that don’t the disposable income of those middle-class folks you know in an age group of, say 35-54, they’re at their highest earning period and we need to make sure that those that can’t pay these premiums are not. So that means lifting the threshold from say $40,000 to $50,000 then to $60,000 until we are eventually eliminating it all together.” (Daily Xtra, January 24, 2017)
John Horgan, the NDP party leader, is calling for the needed funds to be drawn from income tax instead. “I’m hopeful that they will completely review the MSP process, integrate it into the tax system as every other province has done, rather than making a regressive play where someone making $35,000 gets the same cost as someone making $3 million,” he said. (Powell River Daily News – January 15, 2016).