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Income splitting is bad politics for Stephen Harper, and it looks like he knows it.

It’s not like other targeted tax breaks the Conservatives have introduced. This one can win a few votes – but in the process, turn off most of their target demographic.

That explains why the announcement of this particular tax cut has been drowned in other measures, notably the expansion of those baby-bonus cheques the government pays to parents. The Conservatives can now say every parent will get money. That’s important, because they will have to forestall resentment about who gets more.

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