In Canada, the small amount of income redistributed to the poor has long been a matter of public debate. Today, accepting that the rich should pay a fair share of taxes would constitute progress.
The overindulged corporate set surely doesn't need additional financial help out of the pockets of ordinary, hard-working Canadians.
Knowing that some people are not paying their fair share elicits strong emotions. When a talented leader such as Rachel Notley addresses blatant injustices, people get mad and go out and vote.
There is discussion in Nova Scotia about the possibility of the government introducing a carbon tax in the next budget. Here are some ideas for how to approach a carbon tax policy in the province.
Canada is a country where a third of citizens believe in Harper's fiscal self-flagellation, in an extremist religion that calls upon us all to deliberately impoverish ourselves. Why?
Another big report, another display of our witlessly shallow politics, which this time has outdone itself in its haste to pour sulphur on the head of Laurel Broten and her tax and regulatory review.
Because lower-income groups spend a greater share of their income on energy, any carbon tax is regressive. But that regressivity depends on what you do with the revenues, and can be compensated.
On balance, the tax package proposed in this report will result in a regressive and unfair tax regime in Nova Scotia that will harm the economy and make current problems worse.
Recently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business received some media attention for their report on the relationship between residential and business property taxes in Ontario.
Here's something else that would advance our cause in Nova Scotia if we could only talk about it without the pious platitudes: taxation.