Canada's leading social conservative organization is accusing feminists of getting into bed with corporate CEOs to fight the Harper Conservatives' family income splitting plan.
The reason? "To keep everyone in the paid workforce and ensure a large reserve of low-wage workers," according to a new report from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada that Employment Minister Jason Kenney calls "interesting."
The institute, the research unit of Focus on the Family Canada charged with exploring the "causes and consequences" of the breakdown of the traditional family, tries to make the case for using the tax system to reward one kind of family -- the wealthier, traditional variety.
To do so, the study ignores the major findings of previous studies -- that the vast majority of Canadians or nine out of 10 households would see no benefit from the scheme and the big winners would be some of Canada's wealthiest families with one high-earning breadwinner and one stay-at-home spouse. (Fewer than 2% of Canadian families are made up of a breadwinner in the top income tax bracket and a stay-at-home parent with no earnings.)
And to overstate the benefits for families, the Institute of Marriage and Family assumes a spouse could split their entire income with their partner. But the Conservative proposal caps the transfer at $50,000, meaning the study vastly inflates the plan's benefits.
Nobody is talking about family income splitting at the provincial level, and yet the report's "potential tax savings from income splitting" includes provincial modelling, further inflating the numbers. That's one big asterisk:
But the most mind-blowing thing in the report is the strange allegation that Canada's army of feminists and the "heads of large corporations" are working together to kill family income splitting.
The institute calls them "strange bedfellows" as part of a campaign "to keep everyone in the paid workforce and ensure a large reserve of low-wage workers who can be employed as needed."
Here's the full passage from the report:
To sum up:
- Working women are "low-wage workers who can be employed as needed";
- It sees no irony in questioning "why it will always be the woman who stays at home" -- and then complaining that it needs to be easier for women to drop out of the work force in the next paragraph;
- Feminists are secretly collaborating with our capitalist overlords to "keep everyone in the paid workforce" instead of seeking true freedom and liberation, namely the "immensely rewarding task of maintaining a home and raising children";
- The heads of large corporations --- who make an average of nearly $8 million per year and would likely stand to benefit the most from income splitting and who've never met a tax cut they didn't like -- are trying to derail income splitting so they can afford further reductions in corporate taxes, which are already the lowest they've ever been.
- Bonus: describing feminists getting into bed with corporate CEOs doesn't get flagged during the editing process.