John Ivison: Trudeau’s Liberals will likely be unable to resist matching Tories income-splitting pledge

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul, remarked George Bernard Shaw.

Conversely, a government that lets Peter keep as much of his hard-earned cash as possible should be able to count on his vote.

That was Stephen Harper’s winning calculation in 2006 when he cut the GST and handed out a $1,200 a year childcare allowance.

And we already know that it will be central to his strategy in the 2015 general election, where all three major parties will be scrapping to win the support of the Dodge Caravan-driving Peters, Pengs and Paramvirs in the suburbs.

The Conservatives said in the last election that they would allow income splitting for families with children under 18, so that the income tax system recognizes total family household income, instead of a each individual’s income. The public gives politicians about five seconds before they’re…

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