The NDP On Business Taxes and Jobs

The media coverage of Jack Layton’s announcement yesterday was disappointingly thin, and the details (including on the NDP web site) are pretty hard to find. The NDP would go one better than the Liberals in raising the federal Corporate Income Tax rate from 16.5% today (and 15% next year) to…
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Coalitions and the Economy

Harper’s key framing argument is that a stable majority is needed to maintain an economic recovery which would be derailed by a coalition. I find this more than a little ironic. Canada has indeed had a milder recession and stronger (though increasingly tepid) recovery than other advanced industrial countries. Real…
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EI and the Election

In a rather transparent temporary fix, the pre election Budget proposes to temporarily continue existing and recently expired work-sharing arrangements and to extend two “pilot projects” for one more year rather than let them expire in short order.  The pilot projects are the working while on claim project which gives workers…
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