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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 · · Comments Off on Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP · 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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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 best of all policies: my wish for the ideal platform

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

I’m often asked which opposition party, with a potential to win the election, has the better platform when it comes to tackling climate change and inequality – the two great inconvenient truths of our time, and the focus of much of our work at CCPA. (I’m leaving out from this comparison the Conservatives, who have thus […]

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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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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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If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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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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