Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder Of Tim Hudak’s Magical Thinking

While we should be back from our trip tomorrow in time to catch the Ontario election news coverage, this seems an opportune time to remind readers of the kind of magical thinking so favoured by extreme right enthusiasts such as young Tim Hudak. Tim, as you may recall, has made even lower corporate taxes a ...

Political Eh-conomy: Where’s the tax in BC’s carbon tax?

British Columbia’s carbon tax has been getting some high praise lately. A recent article in the Atlantic called it “the crown jewel of North American climate policy”. Such assessments need some tempering. BC’s carbon tax can tell us important things about the limits of fiscal policy today, which in turn questions the potential it has ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Corporate Propaganda and Tax Avoidance

It is the fashion among our corporate overlords and their rabid right-wing courtesans to utter a trite phrase that, because it is repeated so frequently, is taken as truth by many: We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Like the magician who relies upon misdirection to perform the seemingly miraculous, the ...

The Canadian Progressive: OPSEU congratulates Wynne, calls for commitment to “the 99 per cent”

by Ontario Public Service Employees Union | Jan. 27, 2013: TORONTO – The president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union has congratulated Kathleen Wynne on her victory in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race and is calling on her to make fairness the guiding principle of her government when she becomes the province’s first-ever female Premier. “Our ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Folly of Corporate Tax Cuts

Part of the orthodoxy of right-wing ideology is that corporate tax-cuts are an unalloyed benefit to the economy. The argument goes that the lower the tax regime, the more jobs that are created. While that ideology has been proven patently false in Canada, for those seeking some well-reasoned arguments the next time a ‘true-believer’ captures ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Sage Observation

Paul Kahnert of Markham has an uncommonly apt observation in this morning’s Star, one that I’m sure the ideologues leading us both federally and provincially will choose to ignore: Re: Canada’s idle threat, Business Aug. 25 It’s time to reverse corporate tax cuts. David Olive’s article was proof positive that tax cuts don’t work. Weren’t ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospital cuts in the new gilded age

We’ve heard it all before – there’s no money and cuts have to be made to some of our most cherished services, including hospitals. But is it true? The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is just the latest hospital to announce cuts … Continue reading →

See How Austerity Will Really Pay Off Canadians in the Long Run

Step right up, boys ‘n’ girls, see what you’re forced to sacrifice for! Tell me again how these mega-low corporate tax cuts and austerity for the rest of us is supposed to benefit Canadians in the long run? H/T deBeauxOs who also wrote some lyrics.  I don’t think they’re white stuffed shirts . . . ...

Impolitical: Chart of the day

It accompanies this good overview of the debate on continued corporate tax reductions by the Canadian Press. That old adage about having only one tool in your tool box certainly comes to mind.

Impolitical: 2012 corporate tax cuts in the spotlight today

Good question posed here: “Will 2012 corporate tax cuts fuel or weaken Canadian economy?” The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the cuts, which Flaherty’s office claims will take most corporate combined tax rates down to 25% by 2013, will not help the economy nor is there evidence that reductions to date have helped: Hugh ...

Post Secondary Education for Your Kids vs Tax Cuts for Foreign Corporations

Today the Liberal unveiled the Learning Passport. This will provide $1,000 a year to every student in post-secondary education, $1,500 for students from low-income families. This tax-free cash will provide a huge boost to cash strapped families who have been suffering to afford putting their kids through school with the rising tuition rates in recent ...

That Sinking Feeling?

I don’t know if it’s just my old age, the fact that I’ve been involved in politics since I was 18 or the fact that I’ve gone from radical Marxist to more of a realist, but I just don’t see Jack Layton’s capitulation on the corporate tax cuts as the black hole that many on ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: No Heat for You!

This is a video I shot, and produced, with Cheryl McNamara (writer), Jane Moffat (director), and Evan Moir (editor). To vote for us, link to the People for Corporate Tax Cuts contest at http://www.peopleforcorporatetaxcuts.ca All proceeds will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help us advocate for the clean energy sector, and end oil ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: No Heat for You!

This is a video I shot, and produced, with Cheryl McNamara (writer), Jane Moffat (director), and Evan Moir (editor). To vote for us, link to the People for Corporate Tax Cuts contest at http://www.peopleforcorporatetaxcuts.ca All proceeds will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help us advocate for the clean energy sector, and end oil ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: No Heat for You!

This is a video I shot, and produced, with Cheryl McNamara (writer), Jane Moffat (director), and Evan Moir (editor). To vote for us, link to the People for Corporate Tax Cuts contest at http://www.peopleforcorporatetaxcuts.ca All proceeds will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help us advocate for the clean energy sector, and end oil ...