Media Coverage

Highlights of Canadians for Tax Fairness in the news

 

Provinces, federal government must act to deter money laundering:

In this May 16, 20109 interview with 630CHED, C4TF Program Manager Sasha Caldera talks about the need for provinces and the federal government to create an open registry of beneficial owners to combat money laundering in Canada.

Realtors call for land registry to crack down on money laundering: 

C4TF Program Manager Sasha Caldera speaks to the Toronto Star in this May 14, 2019 article about the link between money laundering and the housing affordability crisis, pointing to the need for an open registry of beneficial owners.

Why doesn't the government do our taxes for us?

In this April 29, 2019 op-ed in the Winnipeg Free Press, C4TF questions why Canada hasn't adopted preliminary tax filing to ease the burden on Canadians and ensure the most vulnerable receive all the benefits they're entitled to. C4TF director Toby Sanger explores this idea further in a  radio interview with Global's 680 CJOB on April 30, 2019.

Canadian corporate cash in tax havens hits all-time high

In this April 24, 2019 Journal de Montréal story about Canadian corporations' reported $353 billion in tax havens, C4TF director Toby Sanger comments on Canada's lack of action when it comes to tackling tax haven use. C4TF was also interviewed on News 95.7 's April 25th show and in this April 26th article by PressProgress.

Feds lost $1.6 billion in revenue from tax forestalling by rich in 2015-16: PBO

In this April 18, 2019 iPolitics article, C4TF director Toby Sanger comments on the Parliamentary Budget Officer's findings that Canada's highest earners were able to shelter their incomes ahead of an announced tax hike, leading to a potential revenue loss of $1.6 billion. 

Who would really benefit from Kenney's corporate tax cuts?

In an April 12, 2019, op-ed in the National Observer, C4TF director Toby Sanger takes a closer look at the UCP's proposed tax cuts in Alberta and finds the party's expensive promise would do little to boost job creation or the economy. 

Are the taxes I pay fair?

In the April 2019 issue of Reader's Digest, C4TF director Toby Sanger talks about tax fairness and the solutions Canadians can support to change the system for the better.

Number of new auditors hired much less than the National Revenue Minister had touted

An investigation by the Journal de Montreal on April 5, 2019 found that despite repeated claims the government had hired 1,300 auditors to fight tax evasion, the actual number of new hires was 192. 

Canadians support higher taxes for better services: OECD survey

C4TF director Toby Sanger appears on the Mike Farwell Show, on 570 News, to discuss the results of an OECD survey showing strong support for higher taxes and increased public investment. The interview is from March 28, 2019 and can be heard at the 90:00 minute mark.

Dirty money is driving up Toronto real estate: report

A Toronto Star article from March 21, 2019 explores how billions in anonymous money flow through Toronto real estate thanks to weak federal transparency laws -- findings of a joint report by Canadians for Tax Fairness, Transparency International Canada, and Publish What You Pay.

C4TF Program Manager Sasha Caldera talks about the need to end snowwashing in this March 21, 2019 interview on Global News Radio show, which can be heard at the 2:30 mark.

Budget 2019: What it means for Canadians

C4TF director Toby Sanger joins CPAC's Special Budget Coverage panel to discuss how the budget measures will affect Canadians in this March 19, 2019 episode.

Liberals raise stock option taxes on high-paid executives

In this March 19, 2019 Globe and Mail article, C4TF director Toby Sanger reacts to the 2019 budget measure to limit the current stock option deduction for wealthy individuals.

Finance Minister changes tune on limiting stock option loophole

In this March 19, 2019 article by PressProgress, C4TF welcomes the government's budget plans to finally limit one of the most egregious tax loopholes.

C4TF questions simplistic scope of income tax study

In this March 12, 2019 Globe and Mail story, C4TF director Toby Sanger challenges the narrow scope of a Fraser Institute study comparing Canadian and US taxes.

Unpacking a ‘comprehensive review’ of the tax system

Calls for a review of Canada's tax system are coming from all sides, but what would such a review actually look like? C4TF executive director Toby Sanger weighs in on the need for broad and inclusive public consultation in this Feb 25 Advisor's Edge story. 

Panama Papers: Only 12 Canadians ordered to pay government back

Three years after the Panama Papers scandal, other countries are recouping millions but only 12 of the 900 Canadians and businesses named have been instructucted to repay government, according to an exclusive investigation by the Journal de Montréal published Feb 18, 2019.

National pharmacare would distribute savings, benefits to all Canadians

Introducing a progressive national pharmacare plan has the potential to save billions a year while improving health care across the country. Canada has an historic opportunity, but it is important to get it right so that both employers and households are better off. These are some of the proposals laid out in this Feb 4, 2019 Hill Times op-ed by C4TF’s Toby Sanger and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ David Macdonald. The op-ed follows a report published in the fall on the benefits of a universal pharmacare plan.

Saskatchewan joins Quebec in requiring Netflix to collect sales tax

In this Globe and Mail story from January 22, 2019, Toby Sanger of Canadians for Tax Fairness weighs in on how a tax for foreign digital companies is a step in the right direction when it comes to levelling the digital playing field and protecting smaller Canadian companies.

Stakeholders urge feds to create public registry of beneficial ownership information

Canada has some of the weakest standards in the world when it comes to combatting money laundering and other financial crimes. Read this December 17, 2018 Investment Executive magazine article on how Canadians for Tax Fairness and other advocacy groups are lobbying the federal government to create a publicly accessible registry of beneficial owners to fight financial corruption.

The most important charts to watch in 2019

In this December 4, 2018 Maclean’s feature Charts to Watch in 2019, C4TF looks at how repeatedly slashing corporate income tax rates does not translate into increased Canadian business investment over time and how we can move past regressive cuts into a more progressive tax system for the 21st century.

Tax Fairness Advocates Applaud Apple EU Decision 

This 7 minute audio interview with Radio Canada International brings home what Canada should be doing about global tax dodgers. 

The Isle of Sham: 

This explosive documentary blows the cover off a tax scheme developed by a big-name tax firm that allegedly funnelled money to the Isle of Man with the express purpose of avoiding Canadian taxes.  Want to know how it is possible that there is $199Billion of Canadian money offshore? This will help.  It also shows that tax avoidance that pushes the limits of the law is not a fringe activity. 

TVO: The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Is it immoral for multinationals to spend millions avoiding taxes in the countries where they do business? C4TF's President Diana Gibson takes on a Bay Street lawyer in this 20 minute discussion  on TVOntario's flaghship public affairs program The Agenda.  

The Exchange

The Luxembourg Leaks have provided an inside view of the complicated and cynical attempts of multi-nationals to avoid paying taxes. The story prompted CBC's flagship business program, The Exchange to have an extended interview with Tax Fairness' Dennis Howlett.   The piece starts at 17:47.  

The Globe and Mail 

 
Global TV Network 
 

CBC Radio Sunday Edition

 
Regina Leader Post
 
  • CEOs don't have to pay  tax on 50 per cent of the income when they cash in multi-million dollar stock option package.  That's costly and just wrong, says Dennis Howlett in this letter.
  • On the "Corporations, Pay Your Fair Share!"  speaking tour in Saskatchewan, Dennis Howlett gives this interview to the Star-Phoenix and the Leader Post. 
 
IPolitics
What's the reaction when Canadians start asking questions about greedy corporate tax practices? Read this column by Linda McQuaig.
 
Huffington Post
 
 
Hamilton Spectator
 
  • Every year Canada gives away $1 billion to CEOs already getting multi-million dollar paycheques. It has to stop, says Dennis Howlett in this opinion piece. 

Embassy Magazine

  • Should the United Nations step up its game in the global fight against tax havens?  Canadians for Tax Fairness weighs in with this interview in Canada's magazine for the diplomatic corps and the foreign service.
 
Radio Canada International
 
  • The global aspect to tax justice is a multi-trillion dollar shell game that promotes poverty and worse. Listen to RCI Host Wojtek Gwiazda in conversation with Dennis Howlett about the issue and an international gathering at McGill University to explore solutions.