And with the decision to tax income trusts, she doesn't disappoint:
Sean Ahern helped organize a $500-a-plate brunch last Sunday to raise money for the Conservatives in the Montreal constituency of Westmount–Ville-Marie where he was riding association president.
Yesterday, in response to the government's decision to tax income trusts, he tore up his party membership.
The Conservatives have targeted Quebec in their drive to win the seats that could give them a majority in the next election; Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce just outside Montreal tomorrow that his government is promising to help fund highway construction in the province.
But Mr. Ahern is spitting mad, and he says there are lots of people like him — both in Montreal and across the country — who will make their voices heard at the polls.
“If the Liberals promise to leave things the way they are for existing unit holders, I'll vote for them. I've never voted for a Liberal in my life. But I will vote for them,” said Mr. Ahern, a financial planner in his 60s who has been a Conservative party member since he was 16.
“There will be hundreds of thousands of people who will never forget this. Because every day you look at your bank balance and you say, ‘those sons of bitches.'”
In a long and angry letter yesterday to the Prime Minister, Mr. Ahern said the government's actions on income trusts this week have “permanently” reduced his net worth by a “substantial” amount. Neither the increase in the seniors tax credit, nor the plan to allow pension-income splitting between spouses — both of which were announced in conjunction with the income-trust changes — will compensate for the loss, he said.
The president of a riding association where the Conservatives have less than zero chance of electing an MP in our lifetimes put all his nest eggs in the income trust basket and will vote Liberal if the Grits promise to put the eggs back together again.
Mind you, we don't know how much Mr. Ahern has lost--but why quibble over such minor details as actual dollar figures?
More than likely, if he is a financial planner imprudent enough to risk most of his own money on one form of security, he probably convinced his clients to do the same.
So no doubt his clients have been burning up the phone lines screaming at him for losing their money on his promises of infinite income trust wealth.
This is not a story about a disillusioned life-long Tory reluctantly abandoning the party over a crisis of conscience, but another investor looking for someone else to blame for his losses.
Source: Globe and Mail