It’s a Bad Idea to Hit Anyone with Tax Jump – June 20, 2012
Ontario’s popular new measure to tax the rich will, unsurprisingly to those who understand how economic incentives work, very likely create more economic costs than benefits, according to a new analysis from the C.D. Howe Institute.
Frank de Jong, Former Green Party Leader – November 30, 2011
Frontier interviews former Ontario Green Party Leader Frank de Jong on land value taxation and other topics.
Untax Buildings, Uptax Land – November 28, 2011
PowerPoint slides which accompanied former Green Party Leader of Ontario, Speaker, Writer Frank de Jong's speech Untax Buildings, Uptax Land that he gave in Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg late November 2011.
Five Thoughts on the Single Rate Income Tax – September 23, 2009
As more and more nations move towards the single rate tax, Canadian governments too should consider whether multi-rate taxes are an effective way of redistributing wealth, and indeed whether it is even desirable to treat different income differently through the tax code.
Five Single Rate Tax Thoughts – September 21, 2009
There is a global trend towards taxing income at only one rate. Today, over 25 nations have introduced the single rate tax and experienced strong economic growth and strong government revenues. No nation that has adopted the flat tax to date has reversed its position, it is time for Canada and its provinces to consider the merits of removing higher tax rates from higher income brackets and adopting a single rate tax.
Media Release - Five Quick Thoughts in Favour of the Flat Tax – September 21, 2009
The moral implications of progressive taxation versus single rate taxation should be considered for what they are, and it is up to voters to decide whether a system that takes “extra” money from a minority simply because it can, truly reflects their own moral preferences. They should also consider whether or not they truly want a society where the majority uses the tax system to prey on the minority.
“Living Wage” Promises Small Benefits at a High Cost – March 17, 2009
Calgary recently implemented a "living wage" policy though applied it to no one for now, probably because many of the potential beneficiaries of a living wage may not be in poverty to begin with.
Manitobans' Tax Burden Too Much For Tories – January 19, 2009
Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives used the backdrop of a candy store and a small bag of gum balls Friday to showcase how little the Doer government is doing to lower the personal tax burden on Manitobans. Stefanson said as workers received their first paycheque of the new year the NDP's tax cut is $1. "This is what it amounts to -- a handful of gum balls," she said. "Unbelievable."
Stop the War on Poor Families – October 1, 2008
Environmentalist anti-energy policies impose immoral burdens on our poorest citizens says an anti-poverty activist.
David Pankratz – February 21, 2008
Frontier interviews David Pankratz, Director of the Institute for Community Peacebuilding at Canadian Mennonite University, about smarter ways to assist low income Canadians.
Tax Cut Better Than a Pay Raise for Poor – January 20, 2008
Why Tax Exemptions Trump Minimum Wage Hikes – January 16, 2008
Raising the tax free exemptions by $6,000 would be like raising the $9.18 with none of the usual side effects.
Which Best Helps the Poor? – January 15, 2008
An analysis of why raising tax exemptions is smarter than increasing the minimum wage.
Tax Cuts Favoured Over Minimum Wage Hikes – January 15, 2008
Happy Birthday, Sir Roger – December 9, 2007
It's time to celebrate Sir Roger for his courage and pragmatic, if dramatic, policy leadership. “I don’t put labels on anything,” is a clue to why he was able to dance across the political spectrum and trample stereotypical expectations.
Poverty Policies Tend to Impoverish – September 12, 2007
The poor suffer the most collateral damage when policy is designed for the few, not the many.
A Seinfeld Election – May 17, 2007
Manitoba's 2007 election is skating around the province's key challenge, it is an election about nothing.
Charitable Giving In Canada – July 21, 2006
The claim that taxes might come down if Canadians increased private donations has it backwards. We can't give more because we're not left with enough disposable income to do that.