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Entries Tagged as 'tax reform'

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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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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7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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Are average Canadians paying too much in taxes?

April 24th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On April 23, the Fraser Institute released the annual update of their misleading Consumer Tax Index report. The piece is meant to feed the anti-tax sentiment with numbers sprinkled liberally for their shock value instead of providing any meaningful analysis. Here are some of the main flaws with the report’s methodology. If what follows sounds […]

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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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Progressive tax options for BC or how to raise needed revenues and make our tax system more fair

January 30th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In a new report we released this week, Seth Klein and I show there’s a clear need of tax reform in BC, both to raise new revenues and to make our tax system more fair (Vancouver Sun oped here, CTV News story here). As the report’s title suggest, this is all about options. Instead of […]

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HST vs MSP: why are only some increases revolting?

November 3rd, 2012 · · 4 Comments · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Vaughn Palmer had an interesting piece in the Vancouver Sun yesterday. In a piece entitled “Dix agenda bows to post-HST reality,” Palmer writes that the NDP, if elected next May, will be forced to keep its tax increases modest, and that this is the legacy of the HST battle that raged after the last election: […]

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