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Compliance and Administrative Costs of Taxation in Canada

In this report, Francois Vallaincourt, Jason Clemens, and Milagros Palacios prepare a calculated estimate of the “hidden” compliance and administrative costs of taxation in Canada.

Hell and High Water: An Assessment of Paul Martin's Record and Implications for the Future

Hell and High Water’s introduction and one chapter are available in PDF format; the entire book is available for purchase from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Edited by Todd Scarth, the book contains assessments by 10 policy experts who examine major aspects of Paul Martin’s record in key areas including: debt and deficit, taxes, the economy; social, and environmental policies; federal-provincial issues; and international affairs.

Reckless and Unnecessary: CCPA's Analysis, Facts and Figures for Understanding and Challenging BC's January 17 Budget and Job Cuts

In Reckless and Unnecessary: CCPA's Analysis, Facts and Figures for Understanding and Challenging BC's January 17 Budget and Job Cuts, Seth Klein of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues the Government of British Columbia’s 2002 spending cuts will cripple BC’s ability to provide public services. Klein claims the Government’s rational for spending cuts – a ‘structural deficit’ in the province’s economy – is “ideological fabrication” and “nonsense.” His discussion focuses on the so-called structural deficit, the impact of cuts on employment, welfare cuts, and his belief that such cuts will cost money rather than save it. Klein concludes that the numbers reveal spending cuts are the Government’s way of paying for its previous tax cuts, and that cutting programs in tandem with taxes is tantamount to transferring money directly from British Columbia’s poorest residents to its wealthiest.

Squandering Canada's Surplus: Opting for Debt Reduction and "Scarcity by Design"

Canada, the only G7 nation to forecast budgetary surpluses at the federal level, has had a string of six consecutive surpluses up to 2004. Not surprisingly, Canada’s economic and fiscal position is the envy of nations. However, Armine Yalnizyan contends that, when looking back on this unprecedented period of fiscal and economic luxury, the country will be judged as having squandered its surplus.