A group of neighbours and friends in a Montreal community become outraged by corporate tax avoidance and the fact that 1 per cent of people own half the world's wealth? What happens next? Pushback time - and a voice in the next federal election, for starters. Read this profile to find out the whole story.
This week you have a chance to join with people the world over who believe governments have to stop corporate tax evasion. A global photo petition has been put together by our partners, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. It is intended to influence decisions at an upcoming United Nations Conference on Financing for Development.
Download and print any of the signs from the Global Tax Justice campaign page. Get family, friends and colleagues to take your photo holding the sign with your message. Post the photo to Twitter using #TaxJustice and tag @CdnTaxFairness too. Or uplodad your photo to the Global Tax Justice campaign page.
A documentary about the murky world of offshore tax havens is set for a screening at Ottawa’s downtown Shaw Centre (former Congress Centre) June 16 at 7pm. The Price We Pay by Harold Crooks goes behind the scenes to show how multinationals and the super-wealthy game the system to avoid paying tax.There is at least $199 Billion officially reported Canadian corporate funds in the top ten tax havens – part of the $38 trillion diverted internationally.
Interested in working with us to set up a screening in your community? Contact us and we can work with you to make it happen.
Luxembourg has been a prime destination for Canadians looking for a tax haven.
Secretive. Discreet. Accommodating.
These features were so attractive that Canadian companies had $36 Billion there in 2013. That's just part of the $199 billion corporate Canada has shifted to the top ten tax havens to avoid paying tax at home. It may profit CEOs and stockholders. The rest of us are getting pretty fed up.
When did federal budgets and economic policy stop being about vision and stewardship and turn into a free for all about who “wins” and who “loses”? And since when is it good leadership to leave it for our grandkids to clean up the mess we make in the name of balancing a budget?
It is no surprise that taxpayers feel the system is stacked against them. Over the years, leaders of all political stripes have used tax fairness as a slogan and not a principle. Will Budget 2015 be any different? Not likely. That's a shame. Because while hard-working Canadians are the engine that drives the country, smart tax policy is the fuel that keeps it going.