It goes without saying that Bombardier, the Royal Bank, the TD Bank, Potash Corporation are not emerging companies or start ups and their wealthy CEOs do not need subsidies from regular taxpayers.
"Our work has told us that income inequality is only made worse through tax loopholes like the one for stock options. Canadians are fed up with the government line of "there's not enough money." They know that the wealthy and corporations are still benefiting from a tax system structured to maintain their wealth." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Weak international response to tackling tax havens costs Canada $8 billion a year in lost tax revenue. But Howlett says the failure of international cooperation in tax matters costs developing countries $70–120 billion per year.
"The defence of the status quo by the Minister of National Revenue and CRA officials in the committee hearings makes it clear we will need to keep the spotlight on the recommendations if we don’t want them watered down to the point of uselessness.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Agreement among 10 European Union countries, including the 4 largest Eurozone members – Germany, France, Spain and Italy – to implement legislation for a financial transactions tax. This will mean that a sizable number of Europe’s financial transactions will be subjected to the tax.
Canadians for Tax Fairness says it is estimated that Canada loses at least $7.8 billion in revenues every year because of tax dodging facilitated by tax havens.
"Unions matter because we fight for all these issues, to move them forward and to share the burden. People before us fought to better our lives; we have a responsibility to continue the fight for fairness for those who follow." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The list of powerful figures shown to have been using tax havens makes it clear we need to look at what politicians are doing about tax havens, not what they say." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
We’ve stopped going backwards, but this government missed a number of opportunities to take some major steps toward building a more equal society and making life easier for the average Canadian.
Ottawa (29 March 2016) — When you take a close look at the budget, the “real change” promised by the federal government starts to look like a modest improvement on Stephen Harper’s last budget. We’ve stopped going backwards, but this government missed a number of opportunities to take some major steps toward building a more equal society and making life easier for the average Canadian.
"We're facing a reality where 62 people have more wealth than the rest of the world combined and one of the biggest ways these people get, and stay, rich is by avoiding paying taxes." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“When the richest 1% own over half the world’s wealth, it should end any debate about whether income inequality is a problem." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"This is the most important federal election we have faced in decades. The state of our economy, the financial well-being of Canadians and the future of our public services are all at stake. We need to elect a government that reflects our values and priorities." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
The All Together Now! campaign has produced new resources to raise issues in the federal election.
"We know we can do better. We don't need to settle. Not for our future, or our children's futures. It's time for a change." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Of the 34 OECD countries, Canada had the 7th-highest gender pay gap.
Ontario is a wealthy society — and Kathleen Wynne is imposing austerity on people who work for low wages and who receive social assistance, rather than raising revenue by making the wealthy pay their fair share.
In this pre-election budget, the Conservative government is taking public money and giving it to people who need it the least.
Instead of accepting even more cutbacks, Public Interest Alberta is urging citizens to use the opportunity of this important election to advocate for these priorities for change, which will result in stronger community services supported by more equitable taxation policies.
"We pay a huge price for those tax cuts through things like user fees, longer wait times in hospitals and higher college or university tuition for our children.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Long overdue increased funding for child and family services are welcomed but new provincial budget in B.C. misses the mark in many ways.