COMPAS Poll/Survey

In the wake of the recent Flaherty budget, CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS business panel were asked to assess 11 aspects of the budget and 4 criticisms from the Opposition in Parliament. The Finance Minister appears to have scored highly. Panelists are nearly unanimous in their support for tariff simplification, monitoring of charities’ tax receipting, debt-to-GDP ratio targets, removal of the medical expense ceiling, and GDP increases to seniors. The only element that elicited mixed sentiment was the proposed for a 15% non-refundable Children’s Art Tax credit of up to $ 500.

While embracing the Flaherty proposals, panelists were not very supportive of Opposition criticisms. The Opposition criticism eliciting the most support, backed by 28%, was the idea that the budget did not propose enough additional money for the GIS for low income seniors.

These are the key findings from this past week’s Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.

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