KELOWNA, B.C. – Justin Trudeau kicked off a Liberal caucus retreat Wednesday insisting his government won’t back down on a plan to end tax provisions that it maintains give some wealthy small business owners an unfair advantage.
The prime minister’s opening message to caucus pre-empted Liberal backbenchers who’ve come to the retreat poised to press for changes to the tax plan after being inundated with complaints over the summer.
“I want to be clear,” Trudeau told the assembled MPs.
“People who make $50,000 a year should not pay higher taxes than people who make $250,000 a year.”
While he signalled a willingness to adjust the proposed tax changes, Trudeau was adamant that they won’t simply be abandoned in the face of a mounting backlash from doctors, lawyers, tax professionals, shopkeepers and others who’ve incorporated their small businesses in order to reduce their income tax bill.
“We are always open to better ways to fix that problem but we are going to fix that problem,” he said.