Canada Taxation

Mr. Harper, Call Off CRA's Attack Dogs and Start Treating Taxpayers With Care

Karen Selick | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

The CCF assisted a taxpayer named Irvin Leroux in getting a decision from the B.C. Supreme Court, holding that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) owed him a duty of care and breached its duty towards him. This was a precedent-setting ruling: never before had the CRA been told by any court that it had a duty towards individual taxpayers to treat them with care, and not to be negligent towards them.

Are You Happy Working for the Government Until June 9?

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

No one really thinks we should abolish all taxes. After all, how would governments fund important public services that form the foundation of our econ...

More Taxes Buy More Government, Not a More Civilized Society

Mark Milke | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

"Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf," said the American humourist Will Rogers. Indeed, but let's not stop there. In Canada, debates over taxes, government and civilization lead some journalists and others into the land of make-believe.

Don't Let Mythical Thinking on Taxes Mess Up Alberta

Mark Milke | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

As Albertans approach another provincial budget, the usual fables about Alberta's finances often crop up. To inoculate ourselves in advance, let's ponder two myths. Myth number one: "Alberta's wealth is a result of luck." This tall tale assumes that the existence of natural resources automatically results in wealth creation, jobs, and a higher standard of living. That's hardly the case. Plenty of jurisdictions have little in the way of natural resources but prosper, while others have plentiful natural resources yet flounder. Let's investigate myth number two: "Alberta is undertaxed."

Will Canada's Government Continue the Tax Hike Into 2014?

Sean Speer | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The trend of governments increasing taxes seems poised to continue in 2014. As of Jan. 1, the federal government increased taxes on certain dividend income, British Columbia raised its health care premiums yet again and introduced a new tax rate for those earning more than $150,000.

Too Much Tax Kills

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This just in: Both in France and in Quebec, the law of gravity holds! As does mathematical reality. Here as there, politicians are just now discovering a fact that some of us have been tirelessly repeating for years: Too much tax kills tax. In France, after having continually raised taxes, politicians are realizing that they have hit a wall.

A Junk Food Tax Belongs in the Junk Bin

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Health associations have long been calling for a "fat tax"; taxes on foods that some nutritionists and researchers don't want us to eat or drink. Unfortunately, the lack of sound thinking behind vilifying sugary drinks or less healthful snacks has not changed, nor has the blunt, imprecise, and unfair nature of a "junk food" or "sugary drink" tax. Overly simplistic solutions to obesity that vilify an industry or food product are bad public policy. The reality is that "junk food" taxes or sugary drink taxes are ineffective instruments that fail to recognize the complex and manifold causes of obesity. It's time we put the idea of such taxes in their rightful place: the junk bin.

PST Hike Means Higher Taxes and Lower Prosperity for Manitoba Families

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

When Manitoba's NDP government delivered its budget back in April, Finance Minister Stan Struthers ruffled some feathers with his announcement of an i...

Save Alberta From The High-Taxers

Mark Milke | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Fact is, Alberta's red-ink budgets have much more to do with real per-capita program spending being near historic highs. This also explains why so many Albertans "hiss" at the notion of a sales tax. To understand why the spending side of the government ledger deserves more attention, consider some statistics about Alberta's program spending, ones that take into account Alberta's population growth and inflation rate.

Fat Tax Didn't Work in Denmark, Won't Work in B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The idea of a fat or sugar tax in British Columbia continues to pop up like the pesky mole in that old midway game. Unfortunately, it's taxpayers -- and the provincial economy -- that would get whacked by such a tax. Supporters of such a flawed taxation policy should look to Denmark's experience for a textbook example of why it doesn't work.

Will France's Extremely High Income Tax Scare Away The Rich?

CNBC | Brian Sullivan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Business

What is 75 percent of €0.00? French president Francois Hollande wants to go back to the future on taxes. When running for the job he eventuall...

Harper's Favourite Tax Break Benefits Old, Rich Males: Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.01.2012 | Canada Business

Tax-Free Savings Accounts were sold by the Conservative government as a way of helping all Canadians to save money, but new research suggests they dis...

Why I Am Still a Republican

David Frum | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
David Frum

For three years, my political party has veered in a direction I cannot follow. And if the GOP insists on framing the 2012 election as a ballot question on fiscal and monetary austerity, or if they nominate somebody manifestly incompetent to do the job of president, they're going to lose me -- and a lot more people.

Bill Gates Pushes Financial Sector to Pay its Fair Share

Andrew Cooper | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

Amid the attention given to the entertainment celebrities operating as outsiders, there is a need also to see how a different type of celebrity from the world of business -- Bill Gates -- is acting as an insider in the campaign of change with respect to financial institutions at the hub of global governance.

Denmark's 'Fat Tax' A World First

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada Business

COPENHAGEN (AP) -- Denmark has imposed a “fat tax” on foods such as butter and oil as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits. The Nordic country...

Half Of Canadians Would Cheat On Taxes: Survey

CP | John Ward, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A new poll commissioned by the taxman suggests half of Canadians are ready to cheat with under-the-table cash payments.The survey conducted f...

France's Super-Rich Tell Government: Please Tax Us

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada Business

Some of France's richest people, including the billionaire heiress of L'Oreal SA and the head of oil major Total SA, urged the government to tax them ...

Three U.S. Debt Crisis Myths

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Myth #1: Right-wing extremists forced President Obama's hand in order to impose huge spending cuts. In truth, the "cuts" in question are really a "reduction in the rate of spending growth."