Politics and its Discontents: Canadians React To The Paradise Papers

If you aren’t yet outraged over recent revelations, check your pulse to make sure you are still amongst the living. Happily, signs of life are plentiful among Toronto Star readers: Liberal Party fundraisers held family millions in offshore trust, Nov. 6 Coverage of the Paradise Papers’ celebrity tax evaders has tended to revolve around the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Point Is

In her latest iPolitics article, Kady O’Maley offers the view that the revelations of The Paradise Papers do not constitute a scandal for Justin Trudeau and his government. And while the Scheer-led Opposition is making every predictable effort to connect non-existent dots, few are suggesting that Trudeau had any personal knowledge of the alleged offences ...

Politics and its Discontents: Politics and its Discontents 2017-11-08 20:20:00

PM Justin Trudeau says he’s satisfied with Liberal fundraiser Stephen Bronfman’s explanation of his ties to offshore accounts, but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls those remarks inappropriate. The Prime Minister is either tone deaf, intellectually challenged, or truly and inextricably linked to the values represented by the world of the Bronfmans that he can so ...

Politics and its Discontents: Behind The Curtain

Ah, Star letter writers rarely disappoint. Truth, rather than political spin, always improves my mood. Liberal Party fundraisers held family millions in offshore trust, Nov. 6 From Panama to Paradise, we have a tiny glimpse into the realities dictating our lives: aristocrats and power brokers taking aim at record profits while burying the booty in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Paradise Lost

“We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”-Leona Helmsley “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”– Mark 10:25 This morning’s Star gives comprehensive and very comprehensible coverage of the latest peak behind the tax curtain ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Paradise Papers

The prospect of real tax reform in Canada just got a lot dimmer. Today’s release of the Paradise Papers suggests why. CBC News is reporting this about Justin Trudeau’s chief fundraiser, Stephen Bronfman: In the early summer of 2015, Justin Trudeau was the star attraction at a private fundraiser in Montreal hosted by philanthropist and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Enemies Of The People

I hardly think that is too harsh a description of both those who park their money offshore to avoid taxes and those who facilitate such evasions. Indeed, an open letter signed by some of the world’s leading economists makes the cost of such selfish and criminal behaviour eminently clear: As the Panama Papers and other ...

Politics and its Discontents: Wisdom From A 91-Year-Old

Don’t worry. This is not one of those bromides on how to live a long and happy life. It is, however, a realistic recipe for social cohesion and progress. The letter, from Joy Taylor of Scarborough, was published in today’s Toronto Star: Today I turned 91. My friends and I celebrated with laughter, and good ...

Politics and its Discontents: A More Realistic Appraisal of Jim Flaherty

If, like me, you were rather appalled by the hypocritical yet predictable enconiums offered to Jm Flaherty by his political foes, you will likely enjoy this letter from Ottawa Star reader Morgan Duchesney, who renders a far more realistic appraisal of the departing Finance Minister: Re: Chance for a fresh start, Editorial March 19 As ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Lies: The Dismal Truth About Corporate Tax Evasion

My friend Gary recently alerted me to this, which should sicken all Canadian citizens. It is a story of corporate greed, massive amounts of lost tax revenues, and a government that aids and abets both. After viewing it, be sure to read the missive from Star letter-writer Robert Bahlieda that follows, and think about it ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Rogue’s Gallery

Just two pictures, so perhaps not a real gallery, but I think the descriptor is accurate. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: More On Wealthy Tax Cheats

As noted in a previous post, many of our more prosperous citizens feel no obligation to the country that made their great wealth possible. Rather, they are quite happy to hide it in offshore financial institutions, which, while being ethically questionable, is not illegal. However, many of them are also committing crimes by not declaring ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Scourge of Wealth

I often think of the famous line from the New Testament in which Jesus says “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Some say the reference is to a gate in Jerusalem called the Needle”s Eye ...