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Forget benefits to Canada, the Tim Hortons-Burger King deal only helps corporations

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As we saw with Tim Hudak's Million Jobs fantasy, claims about the benefits of corporate tax cuts can sometimes stretch into the realm of hallucination.

We've now reached a new level of silliness in public discourse about taxes with the suggestion by Finance Minister Joe Oliver that Burger King's $11-billion takeover of Tim Hortons somehow illustrates the benefits of Canada's low corporate tax rates.

One might be left with the impression that the corporate creator of the Whopper plans to invest a whopping $11 billion in Canada. There's a whopper for you, but it's not inside a bun.

September 2, 2014 |
The Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report on August 14 that confirms PSAC's assertion that the government is making reckless cuts to public services.
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| September 2, 2014
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The 25/60 rule says Harper can be re-elected in 2015

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Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) can still win the next election, scheduled for October 2015. Yes, opinion polls have turned against the CPC. It's true many Canadians cannot abide Harper. And there is no great economic news in sight that can be used to whip up Conservative support among non-partisan voters.

Thanks to Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system, Stephen Harper can repeat his 2011 victory by garnering support from one voter in four. All he needs is for four voters out of 10 to stay home.

August 29, 2014 |
Canada Post's latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed.
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Canadian legal community issues statement of solidarity with Gaza

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The following letter was written by a group of gravely concerned students of the Faculty of Law at McGill University while the violence being committed against Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli military continued unabated.

We write this letter on behalf of ourselves, and others in the legal community in Canada who wish to express concern and disgust regarding the Israeli assault on Gaza and the Palestinian people.

We write this letter in recognition that while the legal community in Canada is diverse, it can unite over common cause and exert influence.

We write this letter in recognition that this is a time to ground abstract legal principles in reality.

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Canadian grassroots actions show solidarity with Gaza

If Canadian grassroots actions in solidarity with Gaza continue to influence more people, then will the politicians have no choice but to follow? We'll just have to see.

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