Entries by Deborah Coyne from 08/2012

Hey Ottawa -- There's Nothing National About the Pipeline Debate

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics

The "national energy strategy" recently debated by the provincial premiers is going nowhere fast, not least because the "national" part is completely meaningless. If one province needs the cooperation of another province, for example, to export power or resources across provincial boundaries -- pipelines from Alberta, hydro power from Newfoundland -- this is a matter to be resolved by the affected provinces, not Ottawa.

Harper's Made Alphabet Soup of our Tax System

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Canada Politics

The conclusion of a study in the Canadian Tax Journal that Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) have become yet another tax break that favours high-income Canadians should come as no surprise. Since 2006, the Harper government has worsened the alphabet soup of exemptions and tax credits that passes for our tax system, by essentially bribing certain segments of the population.