Hon. Pierre Poilievre PC, MP, Carleton
Pierre Poilievre is a former Minister, a six-term Member of Parliament and currently the Conservative Shadow Minister for Jobs and Industry. He champions the free market in which everyone gets ahead on merit, not government handouts, and people take ownership of and responsibility for their own destinies.
To make room for personal freedom and responsibility, he believes in limiting government. For example, Poilievre led the fight against crippling Liberal tax hikes on small businesses in the fall of 2017. This tax revolt forced the government to set aside some of its most damaging proposals. He is also fighting out-of-control deficit spending and tax increases.
Poilievre has also championed jobs for people with disabilities, introducing a bill that would allow workers on disability assistance to keep more in wages than they lose to claw backs and taxes.
More recently, he has begun warning Parliament of the growing risk of a debt crisis, as the country’s public and private debt is now almost four times the size of the economy. Moreover, the central bank’s policy of printing money to fund this government debt is ballooning asset and consumer prices, which increases the price of the things the rich own and that the poor must buy. Poilievre argues that money printing amounts to an “inflation tax”, a sneaky way for governments to raise money by raising prices for the people.