Scheer Is Misleading Voters With 'Tax Free' Mat Leave Promise: Experts - 2019-09-13
TORONTO — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's campaign promise that he will make maternity and parental leave benefits "tax free" is misleading, say tax experts.
His party is actually promising a tax refund of 15 per cent, which is substantially different, according to Lindsay Tedds, an economic policy professor at the University of Calgary.
"It's a dramatic misrepresentation that's going to lead to some families making decisions based off of inaccurate information," said Tedds in an interview. "When you say it is tax free, people would rightfully assume they wouldn't have to pay taxes on their income. That's not true."