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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Coalitions and the Economy

Harper’s key framing argument is that a stable majority is needed to maintain an economic recovery which would be derailed by a coalition. I find this more than a little ironic. Canada has indeed had a milder recession and stronger (though increasingly tepid) recovery than other advanced industrial countries. Real…
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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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