NDP says Kevin Falcon lied about giving tax cuts to top 1%

IN Friday’s Vancouver-Quilchena debate on CKNW, BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon lied about his record of giving tax breaks to the top income bracket, the NDP says.

Falcon said: “I think accurate facts are important when we have a discussion like this. The fact is, we did not give tax breaks to the top 1%.”

But the NDP notes that in fact, his government’s own 2001 news release shows a 25.9% income tax cut for the top bracket. This was announced on the BC Liberals’ first day in office, after they spent the election campaign denying they would do it.

When asked about his future tax plans on Friday, Falcon said: “I’m not going to be specific about something like that right now.”

Also, Falcon again attacked the Speculation and Vacancy Tax as he believes it is unfair to speculators who leave houses vacant in the areas hardest hit by the housing crisis, the NDP points out.