Of the 1%, For the 1%, By the 1%

The first leg of the federal election campaign has featured much debate over who benefits from different proposals. At least indirectly, it has been a discussion about income inequality as the federal parties reveal proposals that could widen or close income disparities while growing the economy. Against this noisy foreground, two…
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Who Benefits from the TFSA?

This was published today in the Globe and Mail’s online business feature Economy Lab. A fuller analysis can be found at the PEF website, here. Stephen Harper has unveiled yet another plank in a platform that seems remarkably out of touch with the concerns of an electorate walking on post-recession…
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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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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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