On something with nothing to do with FATCA but o’h so sweet.
The problem for Mr. Harper, say MPs and Tory insiders, is the 2011 promise is “overwhelmingly popular” among both Conservative members of Parliament and party rank and file who see it as correcting an “anti-family” bias in the tax system that penalizes single-income families.
At least three cabinet ministers, including Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Treasury Board President Tony Clement, have said they believe the government is obliged to deliver on its campaign promise as written.
Tory MPs opposed to abandoning the pledge say it would be a blow to rank-and-file supporters should the government shelve the idea. “Most MPs will tell you it’s one of the most popular things they’ve ever campaigned on,” one Conservative MP said. “Finance bureaucrats don’t like it? Too bad. We keep our platform commitments and this is both good policy and politics.”
Said a second Tory MP: “This is not dead. Far far from it.”
We need to keep up the pressure and our education efforts on backbench Tory MP’s. Try to split them away from Jim Flaherty and “Finance bureaucrats” over FATCA. Then remember what that “second Tory MP” said.