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| June 16, 2016
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Government should pursue wealthy tax dodgers, not serve the rich and powerful

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Note to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

We will not be distracted forever by your explanation of quantum computers and yoga poses. Or even by the admittedly impressive list of low-hanging fruit (the return of the long-form census, the inquiry into missing Aboriginal women) you have picked thanks to Stephen Harper.

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| May 12, 2016
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Comparing fiscal federalism and revenue distribution in Canada and Australia

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| March 24, 2016
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Will the NDP take on corporate power? It's time to choose.

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Across Canada, NDP federal riding associations are meeting in preparation for an April 8-10 Edmonton convention, where there will be a leadership review.

In a January 22 statement, Tom Mulcair said the party needs to focus on income inequality.

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| January 27, 2016
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Extreme wealth, the plutocrats and Canada

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| September 1, 2015
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It's counterintuitive, but tax the rich, not the poor

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Take some money from the wealthy, give it to the poor -- why not do it? Basic accounting suggests that another $1,000 for a student with a $10,000 yearly income puts them further ahead than the same amount does for someone earning $100,000. After all, it gives the student a boost of 10 per cent, and the affluent person only one per cent.

In Canada, the small amount of income redistributed to the poor has long been a matter of public debate. Lately, the poor have been losing. The low-tax, small-government crowd, both Liberal and Conservative, have had control of the federal government for decades.

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