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The Great Canadian Tax Dodge

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

It is estimated that up to $80 billion leaves Canada every year, untaxed. Much of it is siphoned off to Canadian-made offshore tax havens. This film documents the birth of the Canadian Tax Fairness movement and examines the issue of tax avoidance, exposing the sophisticated corporate strategies and tax loopholes commonly used to legally avoid tax.

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Here’s why the Liberals won’t brag about closing tax loopholes

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Morneau learned the hard way that raising taxes (or closing loopholes), unless in a manner that targets only a small number of extremely rich people, is a tricky business. However unfair or ineffective the loopholes, there will always be vociferous opposition to their closing, not least when those who have benefited most can well afford the best lobbyists.

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Prioritizing fundamental human rights can help us find the clarity we need for good public policy

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Ultimately, good public policy requires balancing social, economic, fiscal and political considerations. We can get clarity on the best path to pursue if we decide that future public policies prioritize and articulate the dignities and rights that we think all Canadians should be afforded by virtue of being a human being, and not because of where we work.

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Wealth Tax A Flawed Idea With New Life: C.D. Howe Institute

Friday, June 21st, 2019

They find that wealth taxes add relatively little to what taxes on capital income can achieve, and that concerns about the social consequences of wealth concentration are better addressed by reform of existing capital income taxes and by considering wealth transfer (inheritance) taxation… In those few nations that continue to have a wealth tax, its proceeds have decreased over time.

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Federal government will implement Senate proposals to strengthen accessibility law, Minister says

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective. Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented in all areas under federal jurisdiction by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.

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Ready, fire, aim: the Ford’s reckless approach on cutting costs

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Whether it be kids with autism, students in high school music programs, people who rely on public health services, medical researchers or Toronto subway riders, the pattern is the same. The government announces a spending cut that takes everyone by surprise and then stands back as those directly involved scramble to puzzle out what just happened.Ontarians deserve better… At the bare minimum they deserve a government that figures out the effects of its actions before it pulls the trigger.

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Fight Against Dirty Money Needs Tougher Measures

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Obstacles to following the dirty money could be reduced by creating a new criminal offence: a false declaration of beneficial ownership, whether made on a public registry or submitted by a customer to a Reporting Entity. Not only would such an offence bring more integrity to the beneficial-ownership information being disclosed; it would also provide a solid base from which law enforcement agencies could conduct investigations of suspicious transactions

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Political Activities of Charities

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

… charities are prohibited from partisan political activity. They cannot “directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party or candidate for public office”. / … while representatives of a charity, such as directors, are permitted to engage in political processes in their personal, private capacity, they: must not use the charity’s resources… to support their personal political involvement; must not use events or functions organized by the charity as a platform to voice their own political views; and are encouraged to indicate that their comments are personal rather than the view of the charity.

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Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is revenue neutral… for now

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

… higher-income Canadians will only be refunded a fraction of the carbon taxes they’ll pay, while low-income Canadians, in general, will get back more than the tax costs them… It punishes people who use more energy, usually those with higher incomes, who tend to have bigger houses and more luxurious cars, or boats, or cottages, and it rewards people who use less… In general, conservatives aren’t keen on wealth redistribution. Liberals are.

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Finally, Canada is global example for climate action

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Few climate-concerned Canadians know much about the slate of new federal climate polices, except for the contentious carbon tax. And while global experts agree that the national carbon tax is impressive – and won’t cause the economic harm claimed by conservative politicians – they are equally impressed with several other climate policies… the TransMountain pipeline can shift to transporting different Albertan products, perhaps hydrogen produced from the oil sands or sustainably-produced biofuels on the prairies.

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