Conservative Tax Credits Are Big Government
The Harper Conservative are proposing a tax credit for service club memberships. That follows earlier tax credits for volunteer firemen, children’s organized sports, and children’s organized cultural activities.
These are all very noble and worthy endeavours. But do they need tax credits? Do tax credits make them more worthy than other types of volunteering, community engagement, pick-up ball hockey in the yard, or exploring the forest with your parents? The tax credits do not increase participation in such worthy endeavours. They merely reward existing behaviour and buy votes among target audiences.
The Conservative Party was supposed to be about small government. These tax credits are simple examples of meddling in private lives and big government intrusion in individual values and priorities. How dare Harper tell us where to put our time and out money! Where is the Conservative Party of small government and personal freedom?