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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 hau… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Legacy and the Canada Revenue Agency

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 o… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

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 comp… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

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 econom… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Tax havens have no economic justification, 300 economists tell world leaders

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 e… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

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 th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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

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 KPM… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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 governmen… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Rich Tax Dodgers Should Be Named and Shamed

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, r… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

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 GMI… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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 agree… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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 th… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (And Present)

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 di… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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 recei… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: CRA revokes registration of charity that acted as a “receipting agent” for tax shelter arrangement

Cowichan Conversations: Bogus CRA Con Artists Are Out To Scam You

I had a call this morning was amusing, but only because I knew it was a scam. The caller, with a thick foreign accent, identified himself James Anderson from the Canadian Revenue Canada. That was Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Bogus CRA Con Artists Are Out To Scam You

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Ben Casselman and Andrew Flowers discuss Raj Chetty’s research on the U.S.’ glaring lack of social mobility and fair opportunities:Children from poor families are much less likely to work in adulthood … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

In his recent Ministerial Mandate Letter to Diane Lebouthillier, the Minister of National Revenue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) must allow charities to do their work free from political harassment. The post Trudeau… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Steve Hilton suggests that we should make attending Davos as much a marker of shame as being responsible for a sweatshop – though I’d argue we have a ways to go in holding people accountable even for the latter. Da… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Andrew Jackson offers his prescription for Canada’s economy in the face of plunging oil prices and a sinking dollar. And Murray Dobbin argues that the Libs’ handling of trade agreements reflects a fundamental… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- John Quiggin examines – and refutes – a few key complaints about fairer taxes on the wealthy. But Kathryn May reports that the Cons are eager to use public resources to investigate and punish public servants … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Roshini Nair reviews Jim Stanford’s re-released Economics for Everyone, with a particular focus on the need not to give up on the prospect of change for the better: Although economics might be the dismal science, t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Why the Canada Revenue Agency Needs to be Investigated

It's the burning question that remains to be answered about Stephen Harper 's monstrous years in power. The one that could make him Canada's Richard Nixon. The one that could send him to prison.Did he or did he not order or pressure the Can… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Canada Revenue Agency Needs to be Investigated