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Entries Tagged as 'tax cuts'

Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government

October 6th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary

Congratulations to the Pembina Institute on a poll they conducted with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful. You can find the full results here, and a good postmedia summary here. But a few highlights: A large majority of respondents (70%) support investing in renewable energy sources […]

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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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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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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy

April 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to support modest income people wanting to […]

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Denying inequality is a problem for Canada won’t make it go away

January 8th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Jock Finlayson’s article “Income inequality not a problem in Canada” misses the point. Just because inequality in Canada is somewhat lower than in the U.S. (the Western world’s most unequal country) doesn’t mean we don’t have a serious problem. The small decline in the share of income going to the top one per cent Finlayson […]

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How have taxes changed over the last half century

August 12th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Taxes

The Fraser Institute’s annual Consumer Tax Index report generated some media buzz with its outlandish claims about just how much taxes have risen since 1961. Before you get worked up about this, consider that 1961 was over half a century ago, before the time of universal health care that we all benefit from, before the […]

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BC has plenty of room to increase taxes

March 19th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Taxes

by Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova and Shannon Daub (previously run by the Tyee here) Our last post argued that British Columbians are open to tax increases, and that the province would be well advised to increase revenues so that we can invest in services that improve our quality of life (such as affordable child care, […]

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The Shifting Terrain of Taxes in BC: Budget signals new openness to tax increases

March 3rd, 2013 · · Comments Off on The Shifting Terrain of Taxes in BC: Budget signals new openness to tax increases · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

[The following piece was also published on The Tyee here.] These are certainly interesting times. For all the faults in last week’s BC Budget (and there were many), it’s worth noting that the conversation about taxes has fundamentally shifted, and in a welcome direction. After vigorously insisting for years that tax increases would be ruinous […]

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Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off on Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

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 […]

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