Kennedy Rejects Harper's Income Trust Announcement: The Harper government's income trust cure falls disproportionately and unfairly on fixed income Canadians. Today, thousands of individuals suffered a large, permanent loss in their hard-earned savings as a reward for following the rules of the day and after a commitment from the Conservatives that no changes would be made.
Any changes should have included a longer transition period and specific relief for capital losses incurred by individual Canadians.
The transition period is four years! How much longer did he want? "Relief for capital losses" ?
Buying shares of companies or income trusts is risky. Some people near retirement age may have some money invested into trusts as part of a diversified portfolio, but let's not exaggerate the impact. The government isn't going to compensate investors every time they change the tax rules! Some times investors win, sometimes they lose.