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 »

Michal Rozworski: “Investment” versus investment

Surprise! A new investigation by the Toronto Star and the CBC found that recent treaties with tax havens like the Bahamas and Panama aimed at more “transparency” have just made it easier for corporations to evade ever more taxes. And Canadian corporations have obliged this golden opportunity. “Investment” abroad has ballooned all the while the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Enemies Of The People

I hardly think that is too harsh a description of both those who park their money offshore to avoid taxes and those who facilitate such evasions. Indeed, an open letter signed by some of the world’s leading economists makes the cost of such selfish and criminal behaviour eminently clear: As the Panama Papers and other ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Are All Capuchin Monkeys

Or at least I suspect we will feel like the one on the left in the following video, once the Panama papers releases its database of tax cheats and avoiders this afternoon. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: The Panama Papers: Now You Can Help Track Down Tax Cheats

All over the world today some of its richest people are quivering in their boots.Because for over a month hundreds of journalists have been digging through the so-called Panama Papers, the more than 11.5 leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Documents that have exposed how the wealthy are stashing their money in offshore ...

Politics and its Discontents: Panama Papers Aftermath

While the revelations thus far about offshore holdings for the purpose of tax avoidance or evasion have provided us with a glimpse into the lives of those well beyond our pay grade, whether or not they have any lasting effect depends largely, not on the reactions of you and me, but rather those of the ...

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 »

Montreal Simon: Tax Evasion: When the Cons Are Part of the Problem

As probably you know, the Con regime has given the Canada Revenue Agency more money to go after its enemies.While depriving it of the resources and the inspectors to go after tax evaders.Well now it turns out there may be method to that madness. For it seems that when it comes to tax evasion, the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Burger King Causes Indigestion

At least among the substantial numbers of Americans who appear to be taking grave exception to the burger emporium’s tax dodge by merging with Tim Hortons. While Finance Minister Joe Oliver may crow about the success of our low corporate tax rates, American consumers are not nearly as sanguine about what many see as a ...

Bill Longstaff: Canada Revenue Agency snubs Parliamentary Budget Officer

It may be hard to believe, but Canadians don’t know the difference between what the government is owed in taxes and what it collects. And we aren’t going to find out. That is the decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in response to a request from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) for information that ...

The Disaffected Lib: It Worked for Capone, Now Let’s Use It on Multi-Nationals

Tax evasion is a crime.   Multi-national corporations are criminals.  In fact, the G20 is warning that advanced countries are facing “global tax chaos” as multi-nationals evade taxes by laundering their revenues through low-tax or no-tax havens. The buggers really do think they’re above the law, a clear impression they’ve received from our politicians for thirty ...

The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, the CBC News reports. Ghermezian’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must act on tax havens and transparency at G8 summit: Oxfam

By: Oxfam Canada | Press Release Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global hunger by supporting strong steps at the G8 summit to close tax havens and lift the secrecy that enables massive global tax evasion. June 10, 2013 – Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Revenue Agency asks CBC to submit data on tax havens

 By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The use of tax havens is at an all-time high in Canada and it’s costing Canadians an estimated $7.8 billion annually, the executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness, Dennis Howlett, recently said in his brief to the House of Commons Finance Committee. Now the Canada Revenue Agency […] The post Canada Revenue ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Rogue’s Gallery

Just two pictures, so perhaps not a real gallery, but I think the descriptor is accurate. Recommend this Post

The Ranting Canadian: Ever since the world economy started crashing in 2008, a lot of…

Ever since the world economy started crashing in 2008, a lot of news has been uncovered about Ponzi schemes, financial institutions ripping people off, crooked government bailouts, banks laundering money for gangs and terrorists, large-scale tax cheating, money hidden away in offshore numbered accounts, thefts from pension funds, politicians stealing tax money for partisan or ...

The Disaffected Lib: There Are Whistleblowers, Then There’s This Guy

Kostas Vaxevanis has blown the whistle on the rich and powerful in his country and he’s been arrested and hauled into court for it in what could turn into an astonishing showdown in a country that is a powderkeg of pent up resentment just looking for a spark. Vaxevanis is the editor of a Greek ...