Tax change proposals divisive but more favour Liberal position poll

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey found that based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing three updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.The poll surveyed 3,855 people over a 10-day period in September as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.Of those surveyed, 53 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20. read more

Bake Offs Prue Leith apologises to Chris Evans for silly Top Gear

first_imgHowever, the radio presenter has said that Mrs Leith has now apologised for her comments.He said: “I thought, well, that’s fair enough, so I said on the air on Tuesday ‘If you want any tips about the potential pitfalls, as long as you cook me lunch, Prue, because let’s face it, it’s not going to be the worst lunch in the world, we can have a chat about that.'”She emailed me after the show. She said ‘What a silly thing to say’. I said ‘No, it’s the perfect thing to say because a) it got you publicity for the new show and b) it’s absolutely right, by the way!”She was commenting on Mr Evans’ short and unsuccessful stint presenting BBC’s flagship motoring show.Presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will host the new series of Bake Off.The cook said she was “thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. Prue Leith apologised to Chris Evans for making a snide comment about his failed presenting gig on Top Gear.The newly-appointed Great British Bake Off presenter has been confirmed as Mary Berry’s replacement alongside Paul Hollywood when the baking programme moves to Channel 4.Talking before it was confirmed she had the role, she told the Press Association that if she replaced Mrs Berry she “doesn’t want to do a Chris Evans”. “It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.”last_img read more