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Canada is rich – and cheap

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Canada is the third-richest country in the G7 and the best in class with government finances… [On military spending or Official Development Assistance] Whether Ottawa likes or doesn’t like input or output measures, or GDP or GNI ratios… these are measures of burden sharing… That was the essence of Mr. Trump’s criticism of Canada this week at the NATO Summit.

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How Not to Engage Parents: Lessons from the Ontario Ministry of Education

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Policymaking deals with complex issues for which government officials have to develop timely, effective, efficient and sensitive responses. A consensus has formed in the past decades that officials are more likely to get it right if they ask input from the people who will be affected by the policy in question. The public shares their input in good faith, hoping it will lead to better results. But public trust is undermined when government use the input from a consultation to justify any and all policy changes.

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Here are all of Justin Trudeau’s promises in federal election 2019

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

The party made dozens of promises during the 40-day campaign… we’re laying out every Liberal promise on the table—and tracking those that are fully kept or broken. Bookmark this post and follow along as we keep tabs on the House of Commons. We’ll also make note every time an opposition promise comes to fruition

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[Income Taxes] A progressive foundation, but so much more to do

Friday, November 1st, 2019

The current tax system provides several incentives for household savings and wealth accumulation… TFSAs… RRSPs… for homeownership or mid-career education. The thing is, lower-income earners don’t really have access to these incentives. It’s an upside-down system that rewards people who already have money to save… Here are a few examples of the kinds of policy directions that could… make a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of lower-income Canadians.

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Oh Canada, our home and native tax haven

Friday, November 1st, 2019

… a national public beneficial ownership registry… would eliminate the use of shell companies as a means of engaging in financial crime and allow Canada to realize advantages like potential increased tax revenues and an easing of the endemic money laundering of recent years… We should… restrict illicit financial flows, fight corruption and lay the foundations of a fairer economy and a more decent society at home and abroad.

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Putting economic and social rights at the heart of policy-making

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Too many people are currently being left behind as changing social, economic, and political tides wash past them… To stymie the rise in polarized and populist rhetoric, we must… strengthen… how we think about, and develop, public policy. We can do this by prioritizing the human rights and dignities of all Canadians. Not only civil and political rights, but economic and social rights, too.

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Don’t Fret over Deficits and Debt

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

In 2017-18, federal program spending was 14.5% of GDP—an increase of 1.6 percentage points from 2015, but still shy of postwar levels — and slated to fall to 13.8% by 2023-24. On the other side of the ledger, federal revenues are also near all-time lows relative to GDP. Revenues as a share of GDP, at 14.5%, are two percentage points lower than the 50-year average of 16.4%, representing an annual loss of more than $40 billion.

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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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