Canada’s dangerously distorted tax conversation

Par Alex Himelfarb

Personal Blog

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We don’t like paying taxes. This is not big news: we don’t much like paying any bills, and there’s probably never been a time when we didn’t grumble in particular about taxes. But somehow “tax” has gone from irritant to four-letter word, not to be uttered in public and certainly not to be discussed favourably in politics. It seems the Canadian political consensus is that you’d have to be nuts to talk about taxes unless you’re talking about cuts.

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Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from May 2002 until March 2006, Alex Himelfarb is now Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, at York University.

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