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.
May Hen is currently a research associate at the Centre for Policy Research at Simon Fraser University. But in her previous work life she was one of Canada's 11,512 tax collectors at the Canada Revenue Agency. As tax our tax filing deadline and the Federal Budget approach it got her to thinking about how our tax system should be serving Canadians.
The World Social Forum kicks off in Tunis today. Activists will be debating and strategizing how to change a global economic system that benefits a few thousand people who own more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Here is a guest blog from the Director of Oxfam, International Winnie Byanyima.
Canada is a wealthy country. But wealth guarantees neither brains nor prosperity. The squandered opportunity of Canada’s resources and a delayed federal budget because of a dip in oil prices is a sad reminder of that.
The upcoming federal election is an opportunity to take stock and look for strong leadership on fiscal issues that go beyond the failed attempts at so-called austerity and boutique tax cuts. Canadians need to press political leaders to take a real stand on tax reform.
Like Alberta, the federal government’s fiscal health is now handcuffed to oil prices to a degree that we’ve never seen before. It’s the opposite of ‘sound fiscal management’ — it’s loose math based on wishful thinking. Veteran journalist and political observer Chris Waddell tells us why - and it isn't pretty.
A conversation about taxes is inevitably a conversation about the kind of Canada we want but also about the kind of Canada we think is possible. Today we reap the benefits of public services built by previous generations more willing to pay taxes. But what will we be passing on to future generations? In the name of austerity we put off investments critical to our future. We also put off the maintenance of our existing infrastructure, our schools and hospitals, roads and bridges, the worst kind of false economy, passing on even more expensive problems to future governments, future generations, jeopardizing our economic performance, and exposing citizens to avoidable health and safety risks.
Charles Dickens knew a thing or two about tax fairness, corporate greed and income equality. So during this season of Black Fridays and Economic Action Plan ads, I revisited one of his most famous stories for a bit of inspiration. It got me to thinking. What would the Christmas ghosts say to Stephen Harper if they were to visit 24 Sussex Drive on Christmas Eve? What would we hear if we could eavesdrop on those midnight visits?