Fair Tax Report Card grades parties on election promises

For Immediate Release – October 18, 2019

Fair Tax Report Card grades parties on their election promises

OTTAWA- The NDP and Greens are top of the class, the Liberals and Bloc just passing and Conservatives failing miserably, according to the Fair Tax Report Card released today by Canadians for Tax Fairness.

“There’s been a flurry of tax promises this election -- from cuts and credits to new proposals to tax wealth and e-commerce. Canadians deserve a clear picture of how these policies will make the tax system fairer—or not,” said Toby Sanger, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness.

The Fair Tax Report Card grades parties’ tax policies in terms of how they will reduce inequality and benefit all Canadians.

“We’re pleased to see included among the platforms the most progressive set of tax measures proposed in decades,” Sanger said.

“However, the Liberal platform is a disappointment compared to their more ambitious plans in 2015 while the Conservative proposals, with their tax cut for millionaires, would make the tax system less fair, increase inequality and reduce funding for public services.”

Grades were based on five top tax fairness priorities identified this summer by supporters: close tax loopholes, tackle tax havens, make taxes more progressive, tax foreign e-commerce giants, and combat climate change.

“There are so many issues for Canadians to consider this election, from reducing poverty to fighting the climate crisis. Tax fairness can play a major role in addressing these concerns. How the tax system treats the most powerful --and the most vulnerable— speaks volumes about the kind of leadership that will govern this country over the next four years.”

Read the full 7-paged report card and summary: https://www.taxfairness.ca/sites/default/files/resource/fair_tax_report_card.pdf

Canadians for Tax Fairness advocates for fair and progressive tax policies aimed at building a strong and sustainable economy, reducing inequalities and funding quality public services.


Erika Beauchesne
Communications Coordinator