Tory tax cuts have helped balance income inequality: Report

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:54 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Conservative's tax cuts since 2005 have helped reduce income inequality in Canada, the parliamentary budget officer said Tuesday.

For years, the opposition has attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for policies they say favoured the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class.

In question period Tuesday, Harper gloated about his government's record.

"Let me just note today the report of the parliamentary budget officer, who knows that this government has reduced taxes for Canadians by 12%, with the greatest benefits for low and middle income earners," he said.


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