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Not all Ontarians are being asked to sacrifice

Friday, December 7th, 2018

So far I have not seen business sacrifice. I have seen them given tax breaks, offered less red tape, offered payment not to pollute, and given lucrative opportunities to sell cannabis — and I expect private companies will be given more access to health care. In the fall economic statement the most vulnerable have been asked to sacrifice.

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Help the poor: Stop donating canned goods to food banks

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If you hand your food bank a 30 pound office hamper filled with random food, you’re handing over a miniature logistical challenge that may or may not end up on the table of a hungry family. Hand over $20, and the food bank will be able to buy $100 worth of food, they’ll save on processing costs and Ottawa will kick you back up to $6.

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PC bait and switch on climate change punishes Ontario taxpayers to pay off polluters

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Rather than imposing a price on carbon pollution as a cost of doing business, the Tories are shifting the burden to taxpayers by making them subsidize big business. Instead of polluters paying up, polluters are being paid off with $400 million in corporate carbon welfare that comes at taxpayers’ expense. Turns out that the premier’s famous “axe the tax” slogan served to disguise a bait-and-switch ploy that lets big business escape unscathed — taking the hatchet to taxpayer’s pocketbooks while slashing environmental protection.

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We deserve tax fairness from the Canadian Revenue Agency

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Tax evasion is not a victimless crime. Indeed, the Conference Board of Canada estimated last year that the federal government is missing out on $16 billion a year of uncollected taxes — and possibly as much as $47.8 billion. Ideally, everyone should want to pay their fair share of the taxes that provide the services and programs that make Canada a great place to live. But when they don’t, Canadians should be able to feel confident that the revenue agency will try to run everyone to ground fairly and equally.

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There are danger signs in Ford government plans to reform welfare

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

The biggest change is redefining disability to more closely align with federal guidelines… This change will make it harder for new people to qualify for the Ontario Disability Support Program. And the obvious underlying suggestion is that there are people on the program now who shouldn’t be… once the changes take effect, every person who can be ruled ineligible for disability amounts to hundreds of dollars in monthly savings to the government

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With welfare reform plan, Ontario PCs identify an area ripe for change

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

A single person on welfare gets up to $733 a month and a person on disability support receives $1,169. These are not sums on which a person can live. The Liberals had promised three-per-cent increases in both payments for three years. The PCs have increased them 1.5 per cent and have no commitment to do more. Boil it down and what we are left with is an assertion that the PCs can make the welfare bureaucracy more effective, combined with spending that will benefit the poor less than what the Liberals would have done. That’s not a lot to cheer about.

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Canada Revenue Agency is tough on regular taxpayers but goes easy on those with offshore accounts, audit finds

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

“The CRA needs to shift its Sheriff of Nottingham approach to tax-collection and have the rich pay their fair share rather than concentrate audits on hardworking Canadians because it’s easier to have them pay.” In response to the report, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier pledged to “ensure that our tax system is fair for everyone, throughout Canada.” … The auditors found the CRA reported at least $1.3 billion in additional revenue that was never collected.

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Ford government is still ducking the toughest questions

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The government is giving small businesses a tax break and has forecast the potential of more breaks for businesses down the line. It’s rolling back a planned tax increase on the wealthiest Ontarians and cutting income tax for the lowest-paid workers. But given how little tax they pay now they’ll end up with far less money in their pockets than they would have if Ford hadn’t cancelled a planned raise in the minimum wage to $15.

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Ontario Tories cut taxes and oversight protections for environment, vulnerable children, and francophones

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Premier Doug Ford is cutting taxes for low-income earners, lifting some rent controls, and slashing oversight protections for the environment, vulnerable children, and Ontario’s French-speaking minority… further cuts loom in next spring’s budget… critics denounced the elimination of the environmental commissioner, the child advocate, and the French-language services commissioner as independent officers of the legislature.

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Doug Ford’s fight against carbon pricing puts us on the wrong side of history

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Already, 53 governments worldwide have put a price on GHG emissions. They include six Canadian provinces and all three territories; the European Union, world’s largest economy; Japan, third-largest economy; several of China’s largest manufacturing centres; and powerhouse economy California. That carbon pricing is an affordable remedy is evident in the mid-income countries that have adopted it, including Mexico, Slovenia, Latvia and Kazakhstan.

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