Election Stimulus

One of the common complaints about elections is that they cost money (and therefore we should have fewer of them).  The last two federal elections cost around $270 million (incidentally a little less than the additional amount it would have taken for the government to meet the NDP’s GIS demands…
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Income Splitting: A Bad Idea Returns

I wrote the following op-ed four years ago. While the population totals and tax thresholds have changed slightly, the analysis stands. In fact, the case for income splitting is now even weaker. Back then, it would at least have allowed low-income, single-earner households to claim two basic personal credits instead…
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Income Splitting: A Pacifier, Not A Program

Income splitting? Really? That’s the Conservatives’ big plan for helping to ease the financial burden of couples with children? I’m not surprised. After all, this is the government for whom $100/month (taxable!) for each child under six is their version of a universal child care plan. Now, I won’t claim…
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Stark Choices

During her ill-fated campaign as Prime Minister, Kim Campbell famously noted that elections are no time for serious policy debate. It comes as no surprise, then, that we are hearing more this spring about tiny tax credits for piano lessons than about Canada’s most durable and egregious social injustice. That…
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The Trouble with Income Splitting

It appears likely that the Conservatives will announce a campaign promise to introduce “income-splitting”. Income splitting allows couples to divide their income between both partners for tax purposes. The Conservatives will try to depict it as a way to help Canadian families keep more of their hard-earned income. Don’t believe…
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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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Low Taxes for Whom? Flaherty’s Rhetorical Retreat

Although last week’s election-provoking federal budget was entitled, “A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth,” it notably did not address the corporate tax cuts at issue. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s speech began by listing the GST cuts, child-care cheques, Tax-Free Savings Accounts and higher personal tax credits, but never got…
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Welcome to the CCPA federal election blog

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. Making It Count is the CCPA’s 2011 federal election blog, designed to…
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