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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Economists and Corporate Tax Cuts

The Prime Minister continues to use the line that all credible economists support further cuts to the corporate tax rate. Jim Stanford’s fabulous piece put out by the CCPA yesterday makes it clear that there is a huge debate among economists on the linkage from corporate tax rats to rates…
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The Borg and Corporate Taxes

Perhaps the most compelling villain on Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Borg, which seeks to assimilate other groups into its hive. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute seems to be performing this function for Canada’s conservative pundits (although corporate-tax cutters also resemble the Ferengi). Yesterday’s Globe and Mail featured an op-ed…
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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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