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Tim Hudak, One Million Jobs and the sighting of UFOs

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One of my all-time favourite comments by an economist goes like this:

"If two people claim to have seen a UFO, with one person claiming that it was large and the other person claiming that it was small, should we assume that the UFO was medium-sized?"

This great comment -- actually by two economists, Brian MacLean and Mark Setterfield -- reminds us of a basic, often-neglected law of economics: The fact that people assert something to be true doesn't mean that it is.

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| April 29, 2014
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| March 21, 2014
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A number is never just a number: Tax cuts 101

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70 years

The last time Canadian federal tax revenues have been this low (as a share of the economy). (Source)

29%

Top federal personal income tax rate for anyone earning from $136,270 to you name it. In 1981, the rate for anyone earning $119,000 or more (1981 dollars) was 43 per cent. (Source)

$2.5 billion

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Book: Tax is Not a Four Letter Word
| February 27, 2014
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We need a federal politics of Big Ideas

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Budget days should be days when Canadians are encouraged to imagine the possibilities for one of the richest countries in the world. Not the possibilities of the shopping mall or the offerings of Netflix, but the possibilities of building -- or rebuilding -- community.

At its best, that is what government is supposed to be about.

But the last eight budgets have been about smothering the national dream of prosperity and equality by systematically starving the federal government.

The outrageous tax cuts of the Harper government (and the Liberals' before that) have had one purpose: to dramatically reduce the role of government while redefining Canadian citizens increasingly as consumers.

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