Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe


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Canada's Conservatives Commit to Making Maternity Benefits Tax-Free Wednesday, 21 August 2019 Today, the Leader of Canada's Conservatives, the Hon.  Andrew Scheer, announced that a Conservative government would make  maternity benefits tax-free.

Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for  Red Deer - Lacombe issued the following statement on the announcement:

"Canada's Conservatives understand that life is getting more expensive,  and Canadians are having a hard time just getting by. That's why we are  committed to making life more affordable for everyone. A new  Conservative government would remove federal income tax from EI  maternity and EI parental benefits by providing a non-refundable tax  credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs.  For a Canadian making $50,000 a year, that's a savings of about $4,000."

"When you decide to start a family, it's an extremely exciting, but  often stressful time. Whether it's your first child or third, there is  an awful lot to do and the expenses can really start to pile up. This  tax-credit will help alleviate some of those financial burdens and give  parents some peace of mind during one of the most exciting times in  their lives."

"While Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are nickel and diming Canadians  at every turn, and running massive deficits that will inevitably lead to  them raising taxes, Conservatives remain committed to making life more affordable. We understand that Canadians work hard for their money, and  they know best when and where to spend it. Conservatives have a plan for  you and your family to get ahead: lowering your taxes, living within  our means, and putting more money in your pockets."

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