And the payroll tax increase has been specifically denied by Ignatieff:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last week that the Liberals “are suggesting that what we should do is bring in an EI system where any Canadian, anywhere in the country, in perpetuity, could work 45 days and collect EI benefits for a period up to a year.”
In fact, under the Liberal plan, someone with the minimum number of hours would qualify for just 19 weeks of EI, not a full year. And the enhanced benefits would end with the recession.
"Mr. Harper continues to deliberately misrepresent the Liberal position. He knows our plan is tied to the recession - not in perpetuity - and would not require increasing payroll premiums," he said in the statement.So that's what we're dealing with in trying to argue with the Conservatives. We know this about them but it's become incredibly blatant on this EI matter. It's really an unprecedented display of audacity they're engaging in.
Whether all of this rattling will result in an election or not, no one really has any idea at the moment. But the Conservatives continue to show us the lengths they're willing to go to in order to maintain their grip on governance. It's incredibly ugly.