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Tax Index 2021: Line by line break-up of who’s paying and dodging taxes

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Canada’s top 20 billionaires made $37 billion during the pandemic, while thousands lost jobs and took pay cuts… Canada’s income gap is at its widest since the 1980s and upward income mobility has significantly reduced for most of us… A 1% tax on wealth over $20 million would raise $10 billion in the first year alone.

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Broadbent Principles for Canadian Social Democracy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

All people have equal worth and equal rights – and all benefit from living in an increasingly equal society. To achieve this in a country with a market-based economy requires an ongoing process of decommodification, a process that sees important social and economic benefits taken out of the market and transformed into universal rights, such as in health services, education, social welfare and housing.

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Provincial Leadership on a National Pharmacare Program

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

In the September 23, 2020 Speech from the Throne, the federal government again committed to a universal national Pharmacare program and to “accelerate steps to achieve this system.” … In the midst of COVID-19, we cannot delay access to essential medicines any further… At this critical moment, Canadians need British Columbia to lead. Your government can play a key role in the creation of this new social program for all Canadians.

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Solidarity after the Pandemic: Basic Income or Basic Services?

Monday, July 27th, 2020

A move towards meaningful universal basic services is no small task. Canadians are ready. Only 12 per cent of us think we will return to our pre-pandemic way of life. As Nik Nanos has put it, the old status quo of consumerism and individualism is dead… Instead of going “back to normal”, leaders can enable greater health and resilience for all by investing in national basic services to strengthen our social infrastructure.

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Organizations call for wealth tax to bolster Canada’s recovery

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Canadians for Tax Fairness estimates an annual net wealth tax at modest rates of 1% and 2% on fortunes of over $10 million could raise over  $10 billion annually.  That amount of money could fund 100,000 nurses or more than four-million affordable childcare spaces. A more ambitious wealth tax –complemented by other tax fairness measures such as closing unfair loopholes and cracking down on tax havens– could do even more.

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What Kind of Economic Recovery do Canadians Want?

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Canadians, by a 2 to 1 margin, want governments to spend whatever is required to rebuild and stimulate the economy, even if it means running large deficits for the foreseeable future… Building Canada’s ability to produce key products like food and medical supplies domestically… Investing in strengthening the health system, including universal public pharmacare… Not letting richer Canadians off the hook for contributing their fair share… Helping people who need it the most…

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Completing the promise of Medicare

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Because of COVID-19, millions more have now lost their jobs thereby losing access to private drug insurance programmes. If Canada already had universal Pharmacare, Canadians would be far better off in this current crisis… This begs the question of who is advocating for a national universal Pharmacare program within the current Liberal government… A coalition of the willing in Parliament, followed by a coalition of the willing among the provinces and territories that will eventually come to include them all.

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COVID-19 Emergency Benefits: Who’s included, who’s left out and the role of provinces

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

We normally design income support policies to ensure that we encourage work rather than provide benefits that discourage labour market activity, but we need to be doing exactly the opposite right now. Policy makers accustomed to making sure the design of a program only reaches their intended group need to adjust their thinking caps and cast a broader net. Multiple patches on an already patchwork system will be slow, messy, and exclude too many people that need help…

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Federal COVID-19 aid needs speed, and space to grow

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Many of us know the current system is broken and prioritizes profit over people and their well-being. The pandemic is making those cracks clear. The response to the pandemic has shown that the government has the capacity to act in the public interest on a massive scale – job-protected paid sick leave for all workers was not on any government’s agenda before last week. We will need to carry that urgency to build a better society with us into the recovery to ensure that we do not return to “normal.”

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Broadbent Institute Tax Index

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

It’s time to take stock of who’s not paying their fair share. From tax dodging and loopholes, to historically declining tax rates for the most wealthy, Canada is missing out on over $40 billion in revenue every year. Here are the numbers:

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