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Entries Tagged as 'Taxes'

Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP

February 9th, 2016 · · No Comments · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In the lead up to the provincial budget we talk a lot about the changes we want to see in how our government is spending our public funds. And with good reason. After years of neglect and underfunding, alarming holes are emerging in key areas from child protection services and public schools to housing affordability and climate action. They need […]

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What’s wrong with a revenue neutral carbon tax?

January 22nd, 2016 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Taxes

The political appeal of a revenue neutral carbon tax is clear. The tax provides an incentive to reduce fossil fuel use, and the revenue neutrality — reducing income or other taxes in amounts more or less equal to the amount of carbon tax revenues that the government receives — makes the whole exercise rather painless. […]

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Province’s bump in home owner grant threshold is not the good deal suggested, especially for Metro Vancouver home owners

January 6th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Municipalities, Taxes

This week British Columbia’s provincial Finance Minister announced a $100,000 (9.1%) increase in the threshold for the province’s homeowner grant raising it to $1.2 million. There is more to this story than has been reported in the press release or the media. What looks like “tax relief” to homeowners has actually in recent years been […]

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We have a new federal government. What now?

October 22nd, 2015 · · 14 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Democracy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub Monday’s election results brought a palpable sense of relief to Canadians who had tired of the divisive and nasty politics of the Harper Conservatives, and they point to important lessons for progressives (which we outlined in this previous post). But a majority government is certainly a lost opportunity. A […]

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Relief, cautious optimism and disappointments – lessons from the 2015 federal election

October 22nd, 2015 · · 14 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub It’s only been a few days since Canadians turfed the Harper Conservatives from office. But it feels like a month’s worth of catharsis, in the form of profound relief that after almost ten years of policies harmful to the environment, public services, social cohesion and democracy, the mean man […]

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Closing small business tax loopholes

October 2nd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Closing small business tax loopholes · Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

The NDP, Liberals, Conservatives and Greens are now all proposing to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% (albeit on slightly differing timelines), an unnecessary and unwise policy, as outlined in previous CCPA posts. It may make for good politics, but it’s a policy with no economic merit. It’s not all bad […]

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Some strengths and weaknesses in the Green Party platform

September 18th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

My recent post comparing the NDP and Liberal election positions to date drew some criticism for leaving out the Green Party. So hoping to rectify that with this post on what I see as some strengths and weaknesses of the Green plan. On Sept. 9, The Green Party became the first of the major parties […]

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The problem with the Fraser Institute’s consumer tax index

August 27th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Every summer, the Fraser Institute releases a report pointing out the average family now spends more on taxes than food, clothing and shelter. But is it really a bad thing that as our economy grows we spend less of our income on basic survival and more on better education, better health, parks, environmental protection and […]

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Raising RRSP withdrawal limit no solution to unaffordable housing

August 13th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Election commentary, Housing & homelessness, Taxes

Far be it from me to school the Prime Minister on the laws of supply and demand. He is, after all, the one who has extensively studied neo-liberal economics. But the Conservatives’ plan to increase what first-time homebuyers can pull from their RRSPs for a down payment – from a maximum of $25K to $35K […]

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$10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come

July 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on $10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come · Children & youth, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

Imagine if the BC government put as much energy and effort into solving BC’s child care crisis as it does in promoting LNG. This week, our Premier recalled the legislature from its regular summer break to pass special laws paving the way for one potential LNG project (more about why this is a bad deal here and here). What if […]

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