NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer are vying to put money back in your pocket. Yesterday, Scheer beat Jagmeet by a wide margin.
Jagmeet announced his plan to put a cap on cell phone and internet prices, which his party says would save families almost $250 a year.
“For most Canadians, having a cell phone and high-speed Internet is not a choice — they need these things for school, for work, and to stay connected with family and friends,” said Jagmeet. “And Canadians who are fortunate to have access to reliable service pay some of the highest prices in the developed world. They can’t afford to give these things up, even as rising costs squeeze their budgets.”
NDP says the price cap would save families on average $10 per month for each bill meaning that a family with two plans will save almost $250 per year.
Scheer offered to put more money back in the pockets of Canadians. He said he would introduce the Green Public Transit Tax Credit to reduce the cost of public transit.
“For so many Canadians, especially our students, young professionals, young families, and seniors, the cost of public transit can be a significant out-of-pocket expense,” Scheer said. “The Green Public Transit Tax Credit will provide much-needed relief to transit users and commuters so they can just worry about getting home on time, and not so much about their bottom line.”
Conservatives claim a family of four in the Greater Toronto Area that regularly takes the TTC would save almost $1,000 per year with a new Conservative Government’s Green Public Transit Tax Credit. A young professional regularly commuting on GO Transit from Oshawa to downtown Toronto would save around $650 per year.
The Credit will be for transit passes that allow for unlimited travel within Canada on local buses, streetcars, subways, commuter trains, and ferries. Some electronic fare cards and weekly passes can be eligible if they are used on an ongoing basis.
The Trudeau Liberals eliminated the Public Transit Tax Credit in 2017 and hit the wallets of 1.8 million Canadians.