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VIDEO: Is Stephen Harper’s “tax lock” inspired by a Saturday Night Live skit?

Where did Stephen Harper get such an idea? One possibility is a 15-year old Saturday Night Live skit.

September 25, 2015

Conservative leader Stephen Harper pledged Friday to introduce a so-called “tax lock” that would ban any future increases to Employment Insurance and the Canadian Pension Plan.

And to underline how serious he is, Harper even took a key and locked a box!

Where did Stephen Harper get such an idea?

One possibility is a 15-year old Saturday Night Live skit in which Al Gore, played by Darrell Hammond, explains he will use a “lock box” that will “be used only for Social Security and Medicare.”

Gore goes on to explain his “lockbox” would “have two different locks” with one key “kept by the President” and the other key “sealed in a small, metal container and placed under the bumper of the Senate Majority Leader’s car.”

During a 2000 Presidential election debate Al Gore (the real Al Gore) said “I will keep Social Security in a lockbox,” which he later described as an “iron clad lockbox” to prevent George W. Bush from raiding the “lockbox” and “squander” the surplus on tax giveaways.

Like Bush, Harper has also raided the “lockbox,” using a $2.7 billion surplus in Employment Insurance to balance the budget after spending billions on tax breaks for wealthy Canadians.

Photo: Facebook, NBC.

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VIDEO: Conservative candidate suggests working for free as solution to youth unemployment

A 27-year old Conservative candidate whose job since graduating university has been working as the assistant to jobs minister Pierre Poilievre said this about youth unemployment.

September 23, 2015

A 27-year old Conservative candidate whose job since graduating university has been working as employment minister Pierre Poilievre’s assistant says his solution to Canada’s youth unemployment problem is convincing more young people to take up volunteering to gain experience.

Andy Wang, the Conservative candidate for the Ottawa-area riding of Nepean was responding to a question about “student debt, high education prices and youth unemployment” at a local all candidates debate last week.

“I volunteered when no viable jobs were around,” Wang…