Winnipeg, MB – On September 10, 2018, the Honourable Candice Bergen, House Leader for Canada’s Conservatives and Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, hosted a roundtable discussion in Winnipeg in regard to issues facing the disabilities community. Lawrence Toet, federal candidate for Elmwood-Transcona, also participated in the roundtable.
“The organizations I met with raised concerns about changes the Liberal Government has made to existing programs which are making it harder for people to get the disability tax credit. Specifically, concerns were raised surrounding changes to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – a savings plan created by the previous Conservative Government in the 2007 Budget. Stakeholders expressed concern that people with diabetes are not being included and will no longer be part of the RDSP program, thus no longer qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit.”
“This Liberal Government sat back and did nothing while the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) systematically targeted Canadians with diabetes and other disabilities for their tax status. They only told the CRA to stop once public outrage mounted. The changes the Trudeau Liberals made will have additional adverse effects on the beneficiaries of RDSP accounts, who will be forced to close the account and repay government grants and bonds received and may be liable for additional taxes on investment earnings.”
Concerns were also raised about the Liberal attestation requirement on the Canada Summer Jobs application. Many charitable organizations and faith groups provide necessary supports to persons with disabilities in Winnipeg. Some of these groups could not agree to the values test, leaving many disabilities groups short of the help that was previously provided.
“When we were in Government, Conservatives spent time and listened to people in the disabilities community, putting forward substantive legislation and programs to assist those in need. Canada’s Conservatives will continue fighting to help persons with disabilities and remain strong advocates for their needs in the federal Parliament.”