KPMG has put together a handy table comparing the platforms of all the major political parties on the topic of corporate taxes, personal taxes, child and family care, education, environmental measures and sales taxes. The Conservatives are saying they will continue with the current plan of cutting corporate taxes to 15% by next year. The Liberals are proposing to cancel the planned corporate tax cuts for 2011 and 2012 and keep it at the 2010 rate of 18%. The NDP is proposing to increase corporate taxes to 19.5%, which according to their platform will provide the bulk of the funding for their spending initiatives.
In addition to the initiatives in Budget 2011, the Conservatives are proposing a slew of personal tax initiatives when the budget is balanced. That would include a doubling of the Tax-Free Savings Account annual contribution limit, income-splitting for families, a doubling in the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and a new Adult Fitness Tax Credit. The Liberals are proposing a voluntary defined contribution plan within the CPP and the Dippers are promising an increase in CPP benefits with a stated goal of doubling the amount but the plan is light on details.
The KPMG article boils down the platforms into a few pages nicely but if you are so inclined here are the links to the entire platforms of the national parties: Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and the Greens.