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Leaders argue over how to pay for pledges as voters head to advance polls


OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is lashing out at the NDP over the party’s plans to raise billions in new revenue, suggesting there is a cap on the amount a government can impose on the rich.

New Democrats are promising a sweeping spending plan to create social programs like pharmacare and dental care, promising to pay for it by taxing the super-rich and ultra-profitable corporations.

Speaking in La Prairie, Quebec, Trudeau says you cannot sue the wealthiest Canadians with unlimited zeal.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau gave the rich a free ride during the Liberal leader’s six years as prime minister by failing to raise billions in potential revenue.

Singh adds that he does not accept Trudeau’s limited thinking on the issue.

The comments kicked off a campaign Sunday which will also see Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole highlight parts of his party’s platform during a stop in Vancouver later today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 12, 2021.

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