Taxes connect us to one another, to the common good, and to the future. This is a book about taxes: who pays what and who gets what. More than that, it's about the role of government, about citizenship and our collective well-being, about the Canada we want. The contributors, leading Canadian practitioners and scholars, explore how taxes have become a political "no-go zone" and how changes in taxation are changing Canada. They challenge the view that any tax is a bad tax and provide broad directions for fairer and smarter approaches. This is a book that will be of interest to anyone concerned with public policy and public affairs, economics, and political science and to anyone interested in challenging the conventional wisdom that lower taxes and smaller government are the cures to what ails us.
Alex Himelfarb is the director of the Glendon School of Public and International Aff airs and the Centre for Global Challenges at York University. A federal public servant for twenty-eight years before his retirement in 2009, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet for three prime ministers, as Canada's Ambassador to Italy, as Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and in senior positions in numerous ministries and agencies. Jordan Himelfarb is an opinion editor at The Toronto Star. Previously he was the editor of The Mark and the Arts and Ideas editor of This Magazine. His writing has appeared in many of Canada's foremost newspapers and magazines. He is also co-editor of the music website Said the Gramophone, one of Time Magazine's top blogs of 2009.
Preface; Introduction: Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word; The Economic Consequences of Taxing (and Spending); Taxes & Transfers in Canada: The Federal Dimension; Taxes & Public Services; Benefits from Public Services; Canadian Public Opinion on Taxes; Taxation & the Neo-liberal Counter-Revolution: The Canadian Case; A Brief Potted History of Ottawas Tax Cut Mania; Tax Cuts & Other Cheap Parlour Tricks; Towards A Fair Canadian Tax System; Carbon Taxes: Can a Good Policy Become Good Politics?; How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference: The Case of Financial Transaction Taxes; We Need to Simplify & Re-focus the Tax System; Canadas Conservative Ideological Infrastructure: Brewing a Cup of Cappuccino Conservatism; Conclusion; Index.