Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to bring to the attention of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) and this House the blatant unfairness of the income tax provisions and lack of child care provisions in this Budget for a single working mother in my riding of Mission-Coquitlam.
This woman who earns $1,400 per month has expenses in excess of $2,100 per month. She currently receives the family allowance of $65 a month and child support of $400 a month, yet she is $200 short at the end of the month. Her largest single expenditure is $850 per month for the care of her children while she is at work.
How is it that the Government claims that its tax and child care provisions are fair, yet this woman and thousands like her are being penalized by the unfairness of the Income Ihx Act and by child care being put on hold? She is not looking for charity. She is demanding fairness.
I call upon the Government to act immediately to redress this unfairness. I also call upon the Government to put real fairness in the tax system and acknowledge that working people of the country are being driven into debt by its taxation and child care policies.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic: THE BUDGET