A last minute rush to qualify for the Home Renovation Tax Credit pushed retail sales up 0.7% in January, according to government data released Friday.
Home improvement stores were the largest contributor to the month’s $35.7 billion in retail sales, Statistics Canada said. The deadline to qualify for a maximum HRTC rebate of $1,350 was Feb. 1. The popular temporary program was part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan designed to boost spending.
But surprise surprise, the Liberals and the NDP, who were screaming that they wanted more stimulus spending and they wanted it now, are upset at the success of that very same stimulus spending.
Here is what they are upset about: 3% of respondents responses.
OMG 3%! Stephen Harper is pure evil. How dare he provide a stimulus program that had documented positive results for our economy. Won't somebody think of the children!
"One category in the list of possible unprompted responses to a question about words, sounds or images that came to mind included: Conservative, government or otherwise political imagery or message, images of the Prime Minister and the Conservative party logo. It did not differentiate between negative, positive or neutral statements.
Only 3 per cent of those who recalled the ads gave an answer that fit into this category, whereas 29 per cent gave the most common response: tax credits or savings.
When asked an open-ended question about what was the main point the advertising was trying to get across, the most common response, given by 22 per cent of participants, was: "If you conduct home renovations the government will provide incentives, tax credit, will help you."
BTW what the hell is Kennedy upset about? The Liberals voted AGAINST the now proven and very successful home renovation tax credit.
Related: Canadian Sense has some thoughts on the games the opposition played with the home reno tax credit.