Imagine for a moment two societies living side by side. One has discovered and uses the wheel effectively -- a technology that makes life easier for workers and boosts the economy for everyone. Prosperity reigns. The society next door is well aware of the wheel and watches as its neighbours move inexorably ahead -- wealthier, more efficient, healthier and with more leisure time for cultural activities. But it is not those who do the work in this society who reject the wheel -- it is the governing elite, the priests, the official advisers and scribes who have incorporated a moral objection to the wheel into the state religion. Use of the wheel is thus proscribed by faith, not reason. All practical arguments in its favour are rendered useless.
August 18, 2014 |
Everyone has his or her own idea of how to be bold when it comes to taxes. Here’s ours: make broad, innovative changes to increase taxes and make them more progressive.
December 2, 2013 |
Our tax system is riddled with unfair and ineffective loopholes that cost federal and provincial governments a lot of money and disproportionately benefit higher income taxpayers.
August 9, 2013 |
The University of Alberta wants to "reopen two-year collective agreements" with faculty and staff "to help the university balance its budget." This strikes me as a curious turn of events.
July 5, 2013 |
With the FTT gaining ground in the European Union and other countries, advocates in Canada hope that the Harper government will end their opposition to the policy.
July 1, 2013 |
The world’s largest non-governmental organizations, labour and faith groups are “putting world leaders on notice – members of civil society are uniting for tax justice everywhere.”
May 29, 2013 |
Ontario Senator Vern White, a former police chief, has written the Senate Ethics Officer asking for an investigation into the offshore holdings of one of his Senate colleagues.
February 25, 2013 |
The BC government has done the obvious things that had to be done to deal with their budget deficit. Taxes had to be raised.