Wise words from a great Canadian who believed in strength and compassion:
"We are thankful for these and all the good things of life. We recognize that they are a part of our common heritage and come to us through the efforts of our brothers and sisters the world over. What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all. To this end, may we take our share in the world's work and the world's struggles." J.S. Woodsworth
Today’s revelations that more senior tax auditors have received notices from the Canada Revenue Agency shows that the federal government has no intention of cracking down on Canadian multinationals who are shifting profits offshore to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
Senior auditors with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) are among the 220 staff who have received the news that their positions are “affected” by the government’s continuing cuts to programs and services. Over the past several years, CRA has experienced more cuts than any other federal department.
It is the time-worn story of the rich getting ever richer while the poor become even poorer. This is a global crisis with a devastating impact. Inequality is denying populations across the developed and developing world access to the services required to meet their basic needs. This is troubling news not just for human rights now, but also for our collective future. Without adequate financing, we cannot achieve our long-term development goals or being to face issues such as climate change.
I believe Canada has been devastated by tax cuts and cuts to public services. We are at record lows in how much the Federal government collects in revenue as a percentage of GDP. We face huge challenges: Growing inequality is undermining our economy. Our social programs are being dismantled. Very few of those who are unemployed now qualify for Employment Insurance. Soon you will have to wait till you are 67 before collecting Old Age Security. Health transfers are due to be cut drastically. And climate change threatens our very survival. The Federal Government needs to raise more revenue in order to have the resources required to reduce income inequality, boost investments in social and physical infrastructure and tackle climate change. So when Canada’s Parliamentary Finance Committee asked for input on the next Federal Budget here is what Canadians for Tax Fairness told them: