Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Big Fake Tax Scandal

Michael de Adder is one of my favourite Canadian cartoonists, a guy I admire a lot even if I don't always agree with his political views.But sadly this cartoon is both disappointing and appalling.Not just because it demonizes an attempt to make taxation fairer in this country.But also because like so many other Canadians, de ...

Politics and its Discontents: Bill Morneau’s Tax Reforms

I have been following with interest the current discussion, sometimes waxing into hysteria, over Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s plan to close small-business loopholes that allow such ‘mom and pop’ operators as lawyers, doctors and dentists to evade paying their full share by “sprinkling income” to family members who do not actually work for these incorporated ...

Alex's Blog: The Year Taxes Made a Comeback

A slightly shorter version of this piece written with Jordan Himelfarb appeared here in The Toronto Star. It’s just possible that 2014 will be seen as the year that taxes made a comeback in Canada. Not so long ago Stéphane Dion tried to put a green “tax shift” on the table but apparently we weren’t ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canada’s tax system needs a “fairness” overhaul and presents a framework for progressive tax reform. Those of you who have been following our tax work so far will find this study a great complement to the BC Tax Options Paper. Tax policy is ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sensible Taxation

If we lived in Dr. Pangloss’s “best of all possible worlds,” I suspect that I would be a fairly conservative fellow. After all, in such a world those who worked hard would always get ahead; poverty, other than the self-induced kind, would be non-existent, and we would all be well on the road to self-perfection. ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Unfair exemptions to employer health tax cost province $2.4 billion annually

Focused on austerity, the government appears to be ignoring tax policies that have the potential to bring in billions to the provincial treasury. The ruthless slashing of public sector funding – including the current freeze on base funding to Ontario’s … Continue reading →