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For seniors, the list of things we�re doing is impressive, including the retirement income splitting, the increase of the exemption for people who receive the GIS. They can earn $3,500 from employment without a reduction in GIS payments, which encourages people to stay in the workforce and continue to be healthy income earners. Also, the government has promised to increase the refundable medical expense supplement tax credit by more than 30 per cent.

Also, it�s really important to know the benefit for people at the low end of the income spectrum. We�ve increased the amount you have to earn to be able to be taxed so by 2009 some 700,000 Canadians will be removed from the tax rolls.

Our philosophy is that with the economic uncertainty we want to put power and money back in the hands of Canadians and away from politicians in Ottawa.

IS: A new Liberal government would take decisive action to support our economy and ensure Canadians can weather the storm. We have a five-point, 30-day plan to ensure the stability of our financial system. We also have a strong economic plan � deep cuts to personal and business income tax, increased tax credits for green investment, $70 billion for infrastructure, and massive investments in education and research and development. We won�t ignore the problem, as the Conservatives are doing, or panic and institute a job-killing $50 billion tax grab like the NDP. What we will do is put more money in the pockets of Canadians, give companies incentives to create good jobs, and provide the sound fiscal management that saw us through the 1990s so successfully.

BF: We have a comprehensive platform, but the short-term answer is that the current governments in the U.S. and Canada got us into this mess through insufficient monitoring and regulation of banks and insurance companies. What we�ll be looking at is ensuring the people most vulnerable in this economy, average working people, get the support they need. And, in the long term, we have to change the way we do things and improve the regulation of finance and insurance industries. It also means moving towards a different kind of focus in our economy, Green Jobs, which are the kind of jobs we�ll be needing in the 21 st century in transportation and industry, and retrofitting houses and commercial industry.

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