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MOTION M-43: IT’S TIME FOR A WEALTH TAX ON THE ULTRA-RICH

Published: August 10, 2020

The ultra-rich don’t pay their fair share, but take the biggest share of the pie. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) estimates that the richest families hold 25% of Canada’s wealth, which is as much as the share held by 80% of Canadian families. A new analysis by the PBO illustrates that the federal government can […]

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IN THE NEWS | MPs back more modest option for Parliament visitors’ centre as Centre Block renos roll on

Published: July 14, 2020

published: 2020-07-10 Hill Times ‘I appreciate we’re not going for the Cadillac option. … The larger option was much more expensive,’ says NDP House Leader Peter Julian. ‘We’re talking about over $110-million in savings.’ by: Beatrice Paez, Palak Mangat A House Board of Internal Economy’s subcommittee overseeing the decade-long project to renovate Centre Block says […]

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IN THE NEWS | Will MPs get to grill Trudeau?

Published: July 14, 2020

published: 2020-07-14 National Post (QUEBEC) CANADA | A4 Prime minister won’t say if he plans to testify by: Ryan Tumilty OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces multiple parliamentary investigations over his handling of a sole-sourced contract to WE Charity, but unlike during the SNC-Lavalin scandal he could be forced to testify about his actions. […]

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IN THE NEWS | Canada’s Stricken Budget Stirs Talk of Digital, Wealth Taxes

Published: July 13, 2020

Daily Tax Report: International news.bloombergtax.com/daily-tax-report-international/canadas-stricken-budget-stirs-talk-of-digital-wealth-taxes Canada’s Liberal government may have to abandon its plan not to raise taxes this year. Last week’s announcement that the fiscal year 2021 budget deficit will hit C$343.2 billion ($252.4 billion) sent shock waves. Finance Minister Bill Morneau hasn’t said yet said how the government will deal with a budget […]

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IN THE NEWS | Conservatives call for Trudeau to testify at committee on WE Charity deal

Published: July 12, 2020

published: 2020-07-12 Canadian Press Newswire OTTAWA _ The federal Conservatives want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify before a parliamentary committee about his government’s controversial decision to enlist WE Charity to administer a $900-million student volunteer program. Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre laid out the demand Sunday amid growing pressure on Trudeau and Liberal cabinet […]

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IN THE NEWS | Pandemic to push debt past $1-trillion

Published: July 9, 2020

published: 2020-07-09 Globe and Mail (Ontario) News | A1, Words: 1,136 Finance Minister says Ottawa planning for ‘recovery phase’ but declines to say how much it will cost by: Bill Curry, Daniel Leblanc A big spike in deficit spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic will push Canada’s federal debt through the $1-trillion mark for the […]

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IN THE NEWS | WE Charity contract to be studied by House finance committee

Published: July 8, 2020

published: 2020-07-08 Globe and Mail (Ontario) News | A3, Words: 646 by: Marieke Walsh Opposition MPs have forced the Liberal government to release documents related to WE Charity’s now-cancelled contract to administer a $912-million student volunteer program. A motion NDP MP Peter Julian introduced at a meeting of the House of Commons finance committee on […]

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IN THE NEWS | Budget officer pegs cost of basic income

Published: July 8, 2020

published: 2020-07-08 Red Deer Advocate Covid-19 | A15, Words: 840 OTTAWA – Providing almost all Canadians with a basic income for six months beginning this fall could cost about $98 billion, the parliamentary budget officer said in a report on the eve of a preview of how COVID-19 will shape government spending until next spring. […]

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