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Trish Hennessy

The political fight for Ontario's middle class

| March 21, 2014
Columnists

No justice, no transit: A missed opportunity to debate taxes in Ontario's election

Photo: Paul Schreiber/flickr

Another golden moment is slipping away. I don't mean the Leafs (not only). I mean the Ontario election we might have had, the one about taxes, with a debate on what it means to be a society. I adore elections like that, rare as they are: the 1988 free trade election, the 1992 Charlottetown referendum (technically not an election, but still a vote). They stand out because they aren't about who wins; they're about what matters.

Premier Kathleen Wynne seemed up for it. She proposed solving the Metro transit catastrophe with "dedicated" taxes. She even teed them up: half a per cent to HST, a gas tax rise. Then she raised her bet: a provincial pension plan, since the Stephen Harper government won't do anything to address that situation.

February 7, 2014 |
Will Finance Minister Jim Flaherty do the right thing on Budget Day, February 11? Send him a message now asking him to close unfair tax loopholes and tackle tax havens.

Globe and Mail/Parkinson Miss the Mark on Mining Taxes and Ring of Fire

| December 19, 2013

What's a point of corporate tax worth?

| August 14, 2013
Columnists

The growing support for higher taxes

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For years, most pundits have concluded that any politician proposing higher taxes must be either brave or suicidal. These days, however, a growing number of leaders, across the spectrum, are willing to do precisely that. And instead of self-destruction, they may just be showing canny foresight.

Are average Canadians paying too much in taxes?

| April 25, 2013
Seth Klein

The shifting terrain of taxes in B.C.: Budget signals new openness to tax increases

| March 4, 2013

A Free Public Conference on: What is a fair share of taxes?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location

Concordia’s School of Community & Public Affairs
2149 Mackay St.
Montreal, QC
Canada
45° 29' 50.496" N, 73° 34' 48.6336" W

A Free Public Conference on: Une Conférence Publique sur:

 Quelle est la juste part ? What is a fair share of taxes?

By authors & celebrity public speakers: auteurs et célèbres conférenciers:

Professeurs Patrick Turmel & David Robichaud

During last year’s protests, the students were demanding free university tuition, but they were told by Charest: ‘They were not contributing their fair share!’’ What is a fair share & who is not really making a fair contribution to the public coffers?

Corporate Tax Freedom Day: CEOs dancing in their suites

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Corporate executives in Canada will be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) -- called What did Corporate Tax cuts Deliver? -- shows that by that date corporations will have paid their taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.

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