Middle class, not rich, reap most from Harper tax cuts

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:25 PM ET

OTTAWA — Math is hard.

And it's even harder in the world of partisan politics when competing politicians each have their own army of math wizards — often known as economists — ready and willing to offer proof that their numbers are better than the other guy's numbers.

About 10 years go, the brand new Conservative Party of Canada — then in opposition but led by the only leader it's ever had, Stephen Harper — came up with the smart idea that the Canadian voter would be well-served by non-partisan math wizards who could explain in clear language which numbers made sense and which did not.

And so, one of the first things the Harper Conservatives did upon winning power in 2006 was create the Parliamentary Budget Office or PBO — a hardy brigade of math wizards who would be free of partisan influence and ready to crunch numbers on behalf of the average math-challenged Canadian voter (or journalist).


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