Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Thomas Frank writes that a progressive party can only expect to succeed if it places principles of equality and workers’ interests at the core of everything it does – rather than serving mostly as the voice of a wealthy professional class: Somewhere in a sunny corner of the ...

The Canadian Progressive: CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities

The Canada Revenue Agency wants to hear from Canadians regarding its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities. The public’s feedback will lead to “the development of new guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.” The post CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities appeared first ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Paul Wells argues that climate change and First Nations reconciliation – two of the issues which the Libs have tried to turn into signature priorities – look set to turn into areas of weakness as Justin Trudeau continues his party’s tradition of dithering. And Martin Lukacs writes that ...

Montreal Simon: How the Canada Revenue Agency Went After An Anti-Harper Group

During the dark days of Stephen Harper's monstrous rule, the activist group Shit Harper Did (SHD) was one of the liveliest members of The Great Canadian Resistance.It mocked Harper, it produced all kinds of videos, some funny some serious. And it joined with others in the successful campaign to get more young Canadians to vote. So ...

Montreal Simon: How the Canada Revenue Agency Went After An Anti-Harper Group

During the dark days of Stephen Harper's monstrous rule, the activist group Shit Harper Did (SHD) was one of the liveliest members of The Great Canadian Resistance.It mocked Harper, it produced all kinds of videos, some funny some serious. And it joined with others in the successful campaign to get more young Canadians to vote. So ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Thomas Walkom writes that with both major U.S. presidential candidates taking an understandably skeptical view of free-trade agreements in their current form, Canada shouldn’t be planning on the past trade model continuing to spread. – Ben Guarino discusses how climate change is leading to the spread of toxic ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne discusses how inequality and insecurity inevitably serve as the key explanation for the rise of right-wing populism. And Adam Johnson rightly challenges the theory being presented by some that the answer to expressions of frustration by people left out of policy decision-making is to restrict democracy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading: – Ross Douthat (!) discusses the distinction between actual cosmopolitanism, and the global elitism that’s instead come to dominate international power relations: Genuine cosmopolitanism is a rare thing. It requires comfort with real difference, with forms of life that are truly exotic relative to one’s own. It takes ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Noah Zon points out that while it’s impossible to avoid rhetoric about eliminating “red tape” for businesses, we’ve seen gratuitous barriers put in place to prevent people from accessing needed public support: It’s a good principle to make interacting with government as easy as possible. For example ...

Montreal Simon: The Harper Legacy and the Canada Revenue Agency

As we all know Stephen Harper used the Canada Revenue Agency for his own foul purposes.To try to intimidate his enemies, and harass environmentalists, and even humble birdwatchers.But although Harper has left the building, it seems the CRA is still haunted by his foul legacy. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Ed Finn reminds us that “free trade” agreements have always served to increase the wealth and power of those who already have the most at the expense of social interests. And Scott Sinclair and Angella MacEwen each offer their take on Parliament’s hearings into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. – ...

The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

The Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charity status of the Jewish National Fund on the grounds that the organization discriminates against Palestinians and non-Jews in Israel. Also, Israel’s “failure to comply with international human rights law.” The post Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke ...

The Canadian Progressive: Tax havens have no economic justification, 300 economists tell world leaders

“There is no economic justification for allowing the continuation of tax havens,” 300 economists told world leaders ahead of the Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Thursday. The post Tax havens have no economic justification, 300 economists tell world leaders appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Robert Frank comments on the connection between recognizing the luck and social support which lead to one’s own success, and being willing to fund a state which will ensure opportunities for everybody: I’ve seen even brief discussions of the link between success and luck temper the outrage ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Michael Klare writes about the future direction of the oil industry – which looks to involve cashing out quickly than building anything lasting: At the beginning of this century, many energy analysts were convinced that we were at the edge of the arrival of “peak oil”; a peak, ...

Alberta Politics: Preston Manning is now publicly, openly at the centre of Alberta’s latest ‘unite-the-right’ effort

PHOTOS: The Ambassadors reimagined. Actual unite-the-righters appearing with Preston Manning may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Preston Manning, Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean, “united alternative” Ambassador Rick Orman, and Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry McNamar. Despite being asked none too diplomatically last February by Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean to take his ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Scott Vrooman rightly makes the point that increased wealth at the top tends to splash outside a country’s borders rather than trickling down. And CBC News reports on how that process has been facilitated by KPMG and other firms wining and dining executives of the Canada Revenue ...

Montreal Simon: Why Rich Tax Dodgers Should Be Named and Shamed

The Panama Papers' scandal has revealed a steaming mountain or pyramid of corruption.Where the super rich live high off the hog, while countries deprived of tax dollars grow more and more miserable.So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government is planning to step up efforts to go after our own tax cheats. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – James Ayre points out Radoslaw Stefanski’s study as to how cutting off fossil fuel subsidies subsidies (among other public policy preferences) would go a long way toward helping a transition toward clean, renewable energy. – Mike De Souza exposes the National Energy Board’s service to the oil industry, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Robert Reich points out how perpetually more severe corporate rights agreements are destroying the U.S.’ middle class. And Michael Geist concludes his must-read series by summarizing the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (and making the case against ratifying it). – Jeremy Runnalls writes about the growing movement toward ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jonathan Sas offers a worthwhile read on the potential value of a basic income – as well the importance of retaining and strengthening a social safety net to go with it: In the current rush to experiment with GMIs, let’s not forget the hard won battles to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Jared Bernstein is hopeful that the era of expansive corporate rights agreements is coming to an end. Paul Krugman notes that there’s no evidence anybody has gained economically from the spread of those agreements other than the wealthy few pushing them through. And Stuart Trew has some suggestions ...

Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (And Present)

I suspect it is only the very young and the profoundly naive who believe that justice is blind, that all are treated equaly under the law. While a pleasing fiction that governments like to perpetuate, nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the latest revelations about the Canadian Revenue Agency’s shoddy hypocrisy, begun under ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – CBC exposes the galling amnesty deal offered by the Canada Revenue Agency to wealthy individuals who evaded paying tax through a sham offshoring scheme. – Caelainn Barr and Shiv Malik examine the generational divide which is seeing the income of young adults wither away across most of ...

The Canadian Progressive: CRA revokes registration of charity that acted as a “receipting agent” for tax shelter arrangement

In December, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked the registration of a Canadian charity that acted as a “receipting agent” for a tax shelter arrangement. Le Refuge des Rescapés, a charity based in Saint-Nicéphore, Quebec, “improperly issued receipts totalling over $2 million.” The post CRA revokes registration of charity that acted as a “receipting agent” ...