How Much Would Harper Cost Your Province?

As I note in the following op-ed in today’s Toronto Star, federal Conservative election promises entail significant fiscal costs for provincial governments. It is not the first time that Harper has tried to stick provinces with the tab. For example, his policy of increased incarceration imposes costs on provincial jails….
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An Adult Conversation About Taxes

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, here they go again. “Middle-income friendly tax cuts.” “Tax cuts, a balanced budget within four years, no service cuts.” Reduce the tax burden. Get the government’s hand out of my pocket. In this election, we’re back to a familiar kind of tax…
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The Legend of Zero

The corporate tax debate is ratcheting up to a new level among some opinion-makers: Since lower corporate taxes increase economic growth, why not cut them to zero? After all, economy theory has it that corporations don’t pay taxes anyway. They only pass on the costs, in the form of higher…
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Jeffrey Simpson Walks the Party Line on Corporate Taxes

Yesterday’s Jeffrey Simpson column was entitled, “Walking the Line on Corporate Tax Cuts.” Incredibly, he walks the narrow 1.5% line between the Liberal and NDP proposals. To his credit, Simpson takes an open-minded look at the evidence, which indicates “no discernible links” from corporate taxes to employment or investment. On…
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Canada’s Caribbean Tax Holiday

There has quite rightly been a lot of discussion about corporate taxes during this election campaign, but very little discussion about cracking down on tax avoidance, whether by legal or illegal means. Harper of course has a big get tough on crime platform, but the white collar bit is focused on small…
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Debt By 1000 Tax Cuts

Stephen Harper knows he can’t come right out and reveal his radical agenda to downsize government. But if he gets his majority, expect Harper to slash and burn on the pretext that the federal debt and deficit requires massive an evisceration of government. Since he welcomes a future fiscal squeeze…
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