Rebutting the rebuttals and smacking the Martinis
Now that the "I Support Joe Wood" campaign seems to have taken off - or at least started lumbering down the runway - Steve Maich has posted a reply to his detractors (Sean, Ginna, and Shannon (in comments) - I'm looking at you!).
I've received a lot of feedback on my recent column on this issue. The same thing happened when I wrote about this same issue for the Financial Post, about a year ago. There were many sympathetic letters. But there were also many people DEAD SET against providing any sort of relief to the JDS workers.
Since I don't have time to get into email debates with dozens of writers, here are the main arguments against the JDS workers, and my responses...
Quite frankly, some of Steve's points are better than others. The differences between how income and capital gains are treated from a tax perspective is quite frankly beyond my expertise - hell, some days it seems balancing a chequebook is beyond my expertise - but should be discussed in more detail before advocating changes to tax law.
But the one argument he doesn't make here - the one I think the Conservatives and the press should both make a big stink over - is the fact that Paul Martin promised during the election campaign that he'd take care of this.
Kind of makes his convention speech ring a little hollow, doesn't it. Especially since trustworthiness isn't too high on the list of qualities Canadians associate with the Libranos right now.
“Paul Martin is a man who, when he says he will accomplish something, he does and his government reflects that. As he told us in his speech, when he makes a promise he keeps it,” said Steve MacKinnon, national director of the Liberal Party.