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March 09, 2015

Alberta’s ‘tax advantage’ strategy has undercut women’s equality

posted by Kathleen Lahey

Alberta is the richest jurisdiction in North America. But women living in the province are among the most disadvantaged in Canada, facing higher income gaps, unpaid work gaps, and after-tax income gaps than women living anywhere else in the country.

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Tagged with: budget 2015, gender, gender gap, tax cuts, taxes
February 09, 2015

Instead of austerity, Alberta needs wage-led economic growth

posted by Ian Hussey

In response to the latest Alberta revenue crisis, Premier Jim Prentice has increasingly been beating the austerity drum. But is an austerity agenda the best way for the province to deal with the current fiscal crunch?

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Tagged with: austerity, corporations, flat tax, jobs, taxes
January 29, 2015

A modest proposal: Alberta needs income and corporate tax reform

posted by Barret Weber

It has now been a couple of weeks since Alberta Premier Jim Prentice floated the idea of a provincial sales tax in a speech to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) luncheon (a trial balloon which Albertans soon overwhelmingly deflated, according to a somewhat-questionable poll on the issue).

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Tagged with: corporations, flat tax, taxes
October 15, 2012

Canada should follow Lesotho’s good example

posted by Shannon Stunden Bower

The right to an abortion? This should not be an issue at all. But recently, some members of Canada’s Conservative government, with the support of like-minded Liberals, sought to pry open a debate that most Canadians are only too glad to have closed.

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Tagged with: equality, gender gap, Motion 312, women
October 15, 2012

Columnist wants to have his cake and eat it too

posted by David Campanella

In his recent column in the Calgary Herald, “Don’t grumble about lower corporate tax rates,” Rob Breakenridge would like to have his cake and eat it too – corporate tax cuts and higher revenues. Conservatives love promoting corporate tax cuts because it enriches their corporate friends and ultimately means less money to support a generous welfare state.

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Tagged with: corporations, flat tax, taxes

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