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Budget 2017 inches forward on poverty and climate

Government plan includes cautious forward movement for low-income Canadians and refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: March 22, 2017 — Federal Budget 2017 inches forward but requires Canadians to continue to wait for full measures that address poverty in Canada and climate change.

Press release: Budget 2016

Significant progress, glaring omissions 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: March 22, 2016 — The 2016 Federal Budget, released today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, includes significant measures that work to advance public justice in Canada. However, Citizens for Public Justice, noted that this budget fails to live up to the federal government’s commitments to national plans to combat poverty in Canada and the effects of climate change.

We Are More Than Taxpayers

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

By Janelle Vandergrift

These days Canadians are more likely to hear ourselves referred to as “taxpayers” than “citizens.” But what if we viewed ourselves as citizens first? We might stop asking “what’s in it for me?” and begin to ask “what’s in it for everyone?”

"Taxes for the Common Good"

Taxes for the Common Good May 2015
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Taxes are not simply about money or fees collected by governments. They are equally about public programs and services, reducing poverty and the harmful effects of inequality, and protecting the environment.

“Taxes for the Common Good” is a series of six fact sheets highlighting the positive role taxes play in a democratic society and summarizing up-to-date information on the costs and opportunities afforded by various federal tax policy options.

Taxes for the benefit of all Canadians

September 2014

The federal government should reverse tax cuts that disproportionately benefit a select few in favour of tax credits that more effectively address the needs of low-income families.

Income Splitting: A Contentious Debate within the Canadian Church

From the Spring 2014 edition of The Catalyst.

Income splitting, also known as family taxation, would change the tax system so that it takes into account total family (rather than individual) income. It would allow higher income earners to transfer a portion of their annual income to the lower income partner to reduce the household’s overall tax burden. The federal government has proposed income splitting for families with children under the age of 18, allowing them to shift up to $50,000 a year in income between partners.

Bring our Tax Dollars Home

Meet the Canadian Tax Dollar, the mascot for the Tackle Tax Havens campaign. He has been sent off to a tax haven by some wealthy individuals and large corporations in order to avoid paying taxes. He had a good time at first, but now he is homesick and wants to come home so he can do something useful, like help fund health care or education.

A Taxing Problem

Coin stack The case for corporate taxes gained some ground recently. For decades now, government and business leaders have been telling us we need to keep corporate taxes as low as possible in order to attract and retain investment, and spark new industries, research and development, and, most importantly, more jobs. We’ve run with this idea, particularly as a strategy for post-recession recovery, without giving enough consideration to whether it actually works.

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