The glaring imbalance in Metro Vancouver’s transit plebiscite

Vast majority do not use public transit but are expected to pay for it with higher taxes

The glaring imbalance in Metro Vancouver’s transit plebisciteBy Charles Lammam and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute The current transit plebiscite, conducted by mail-in ballot across Metro Vancouver, asks whether residents are willing to support a 0.5 percentage point increase to the Provincial Sales Tax, which would generate an extra $250 million to help fund $7.5 billion worth of transportation projects tabled by…

Rate of decline in business start-ups in Canada reason for worry

It is critical that governments enact policies, including reforming the capital gains tax, supportive of entrepreneurship

Rate of decline in business start-ups in Canada reason for worryBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute A number of prominent Canadians, including Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, have raised concerns about the state of business start-ups and entrepreneurship in Canada. There is no question that entrepreneurship is critical to a well-functioning, prosperous economy. New firms are the lifeblood of innovation, creativity,…

Money kept by Canadian taxpayers is not a “loss”

It is essential in a democracy that those in charge always prove they actually need our cash

Money kept by Canadian taxpayers is not a “loss”With tax season at hand, here’s a useful tip for any tax-weary Canadian. When some people refer to income or other money not taxed as a “loss” to government, remember that they may merely be using technical language. In contrast, others really do lament any reduction or “omission” in possible taxes that flow to governments.…

Doing your taxes good for your health

Taking advantage of tax credits can go a long way to making things easier for low-income Canadians

Doing your taxes good for your healthTax season is upon us and my practice is humming. I am not an accountant, I am a family doctor. My patients are not bank executives, they are largely people who live in poverty, many of whom are homeless and on social assistance. Yet I have set out to remind my patients - each and…

Anti-tax accusation based on silly arguments

It is simplistic to equate higher taxes with better government services

Anti-tax accusation based on silly argumentsBy Mark Milke and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute In a recent column about the upcoming Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite, Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham complained about business leaders who talked “way more about cutting taxes for poor beleaguered taxpayers for the past 30 years than they have about the valuable services tax money provides.”…

Alberta tried tax hikes in the 1980s

And they didn’t work

Alberta tried tax hikes in the 1980sIn the debate over whether the Alberta government should reduce and reform spending to cushion the blow from falling revenues, some claim higher taxes will balance the books. How soon we forget. Alberta tried that in the late 1980s. It didn’t work. It wasn’t until the 1990s, when Alberta got serious about spending reforms and…
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