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OTTAW, ON – A large majority of Canadians support increasing the taxes paid by banks and the finance industry says a new poll. The result flies in the face of the Harper Conservative government’s insistence on proceeding with more corporate tax cuts as part of the upcoming federal budget.

When asked to what extent they support or oppose increasing taxes paid by banks and the finance industry in order to reduce government deficits, 65 per cent of Canadians with an opinion said they supported such measures.

Canadians want banks and the finance industry to pay their fair share in paying down deficits they helped create,” says CUPE National President Paul Moist. “I don’t know how much clearer the message needs to be for the Harper Conservatives to hear and stop their reckless plans to extend more corporate tax cuts.”

The poll was conducted by Environics Research Group on behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 921 Canadians were surveyed between February 1 and 3, 2011. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

For more information:

Greg Taylor, CUPE Media Relations
(613) 818-0067