Canadians Working Too Much?

Despite all the political scandals, very distinct political visions for this country, and recent attempts by political leaders to get Canadians to “rise up”, there doesn’t seem to be a ton of public enthusiasm in this federal election campaign yet. One problem may be that Canadians are simply working too much….
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Why Minority Government is Good for Canada

The following piece was originally written by CCPA Executive Director Bruce Campbell and CCPA BC Director Seth Klein in the lead-up to the 2006 federal election. Given Stephen Harper’s repeated appeal for a majority in the current campaign (and his frequent assertion that a minority government will fail to provide…
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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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Where’s The Outrage?

Two non-election stories caught my eye Saturday. First, there was this story about the flooding on Peguis First Nation and then this one about a state of emergency due to a complete lack of potable water on Pikangikum First nation. Too much water in the first instance, none that people…
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From “Meh” to We

More people are paying attention to politics during this election than in the 2008 election. Still, the majority doesn’t seem to much care about the big, life-shaping political issues that lie just below the surface of this election – the increasingly blatant attacks on our democratic institutions by the government…
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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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