Jim Flaherty no fan of Tories' income-splitting campaign promise

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty arrives at a post-budget breakfast in Ottawa, February 12, 2014....

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty arrives at a post-budget breakfast in Ottawa, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper won't specifically say if the Conservatives will keep an election promise from the 2011 campaign to introduce income splitting after the federal budget is balanced -- something expected next year.

"This government, in the last election, made a commitment that when we balance the budget...one of the highest priorities of this government will be tax reduction for Canadian families," Harper said Wednesday, in response to a question from the NDP.

The 2011 campaign platform booklet specifically calls income splitting "a historic step forward to achieve greater fairness for families."

"This important new measure will be implemented when the federal budget is balanced within our next full term of office," the campaign document says.

Earlier Wednesday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made clear he's no fan of the policy.


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